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… Continue reading Arts Advocates Oppose Exorbitant Cuts to State Agencies

2009 Kentucky Crafted Performs Better than Expected

Despite the recession, the 2009 Kentucky Crafted trade show with items by state artists, fared well compared to other trade shows nationwide. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The Kentucky Arts Council produces Kentucky Crafted, which is held in Louisville. It reports this February’s trade show generated more than half a million dollars in sales of items… Continue reading 2009 Kentucky Crafted Performs Better than Expected

Kentucky Arts Council Awards Stimulus Funds

The Kentucky Arts Council has chosen 18 groups to receive grants with the money provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The NEA provided the Kentucky Arts Council with more than $300,000 under the economic stimulus plan enacted in March. The plan defined the arts as an important sector of… Continue reading Kentucky Arts Council Awards Stimulus Funds

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… Continue reading Advocates: Cuts to Arts Theatens Cultural Heritage

Kentucky Student Places Second in Poetry Out Loud

A Kentucky high school student finished near the top in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud contest. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Barbara Gooding of Western Hills High School in Frankfort received $10,000 and her school got $500 to purchase poetry books when the high school junior came in second in Poetry Out… Continue reading Kentucky Student Places Second in Poetry Out Loud

Arts Council Gets Funding from Stimulus Package

The Kentucky Arts Council will receive some of the nearly $20 million the National Endowment for the Arts is providing to states under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The council is receiving more than $310,000 from the economic stimulus package. Lori Meadows is the Kentucky Arts Council’s… Continue reading Arts Council Gets Funding from Stimulus Package

"Arts Day" is Wednesday in Frankfort

Arts advocates will meet in Frankfort Wednesday to make their case for public support. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. A group called Arts Kentucky is hosting what has become an annual event with a rally in the Capitol Rotunda and meetings between arts leaders, patrons and legislators. Jay Dick of the national non-profit organization Americans… Continue reading "Arts Day" is Wednesday in Frankfort

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… Continue reading Arts Kentucky Holds Workshop on Arts Advocacy

Poet Laureate Sought For Kentucky

Kentucky is looking for a new poet laureate. The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for the post through September 30. The council’s Ed Lawrence says the job was created by the General Assembly for two primary reasons. “One is to recognize and honor our outstanding literary artists, and the other is to put them… Continue reading Poet Laureate Sought For Kentucky