Arts Kentucky Eliminates Staff

Effects of the recession have become apparent at the statewide advocacy group Arts Kentucky. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. This week, Arts Kentucky announced it will eliminate its executive director position at the end of this month. The organization’s board president, Susan McNeese Lynch, says the move comes after seeing reduced funding, including state support […]

Legislators, Arts Groups Recognize Arts Day

Today arts groups, arts advocates and legislators celebrated Kentucky Arts Day in Frankfort. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The day began with the Kentucky Arts Council hosting legislators and arts groups from their districts who had received state grants. It comes during a session when legislators will consider further cuts to the Kentucky Art Council’s […]

Mayoral Forum Offers Ideas for City's Arts Future

Eleven candidates for Louisville mayor spoke at a forum on the arts and culture last night. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. (To listen to the entire forum, click on Listen to the story.) Local businessman Chuck Maisch opened the event recounting how a few business leaders started the Louisville Orchestra in the aftermath of the 1937 […]

Mayoral Forum on Arts, Culture Takes Place Monday

A Mayoral Forum on the Arts and Culture takes place tomorrow night. The event will include all 13 candidates running for Louisville mayor. It’s being presented by the Kentucky School of Art along with several other local arts and cultural organizations. School administrative director Kasey Maier says the event was organized to help emphasize the […]

Arts Advocates Oppose Exorbitant Cuts to State Agencies

Lower state revenues mean that cuts are being proposed for state arts agencies nationwide. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on what is recommended by leaders in Kentucky and Indiana. The Kentucky Arts Council just got word that it may have to take a 6 percent cut to its budget while the Indiana Arts Commission may get […]

Advocates Want State to Include Arts Ed in Application

Arts advocates in Kentucky are encouraging citizens to request that arts education be addressed in the state’s application for a federal grant. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Arts Kentucky is asking stakeholders in education — from parents to business people — to participate in a survey recently put out by the state’s Department of Education. […]

Kennedy Center Head Advises Kentucky Arts Groups

The president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts visited Louisville and Lexington today to talk to arts groups about surviving the recession. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. [LISTEN HERE to the public forum with Michael Kaiser in Louisville hosted by Marc Masterson, the artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, or right click […]

Advocates: Cuts to Arts Theatens Cultural Heritage

A proposed cut to the Kentucky Arts Council’s budget worries arts groups, even though it’s part of across-the-board cuts for state agencies for the fiscal year starting July 1. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed cutting the Kentucky Arts Council’s budget by about 2.6 percent. The Kentucky legislature will consider it in […]

House Bill on Education Concerns Arts Advocates

The Kentucky House of Representatives will consider a bill this week to revamp the state’s student testing system. Some say it could weaken arts and humanities instruction. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. House Bill 508 is a response to Senate Bill 1. Both would overhaul testing in public schools to improve school, student and teacher […]

Arts Kentucky Holds Workshop on Arts Advocacy

An arts advocacy group is having a workshop tomorrow at The Speed Art Museum to show people working in and interested in the arts how to work with civic leaders. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Arts Kentucky is a statewide coalition of arts groups and artists that is holding these workshops throughout the state. Cecelia […]