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Kentucky Arts Council offers public forum for state’s arts organizations

Friday, 11 01, 2013

Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472
emilyb.moses@ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council is hosting a daylong conference to assist arts organizations in adapting to community and economic changes resulting from shifts in population and the economy, and advances in technology.

Creative Industry: Engaging Your Community and Diversifying Fundraising, a public forum, will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, in Frankfort. All Kentucky arts organizations are invited to attend.

"Changes in demographics in the state present new and interesting challenges for arts organizations in providing programming, accessibility and meaningful arts engagement for communities," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. This conference will give arts organizations direction in remaining relevant in Kentucky's cultural landscape."

The forum will feature four sessions and multiple presenters who are experts in their fields:

  • A presentation of Kentucky's changing demographics, an important topic for continuing audience development, with Thomas Sawyer and Sarah Ehresman from the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville.
  • A panel conversation to explore making connections with established and emerging minority groups to encourage growth in arts leadership with Changzheng Wang, Kentucky Chinese American Association; Jose Neil Donis, Al Dia en America; Bronwen Harris, Creative Diversity Studio; and Rasheedah El-Amin, Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.
  • A discussion about identifying and overcoming barriers arts organizations face in developing boards that reflect their communities with Cay Lane, Montgomery County Council for the Arts; Bryan Warren, Crane House/Asia Institute; Heather Lyons, Living Arts & Science Center; and Melody Welsh, Louisville Youth Orchestra.
  • A panel to address access to diverse funding sources, including local government, community foundations, private-public partnerships, crowdsourcing and more with Todd Lowe, president of Parthenon LLC and a Kentucky Arts Council board member; Mayor Ron Payne, City of Owensboro; Barbara Fischer, Bluegrass Community Foundation; and Kyle Arnett, Henderson Area Arts Alliance.

For more information, visit the arts council's website. Registration for the conference is free, but required, and is available online.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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