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Business leaders gather to discuss the arts at Lexington event

Friday, 10 19, 2012

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

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Some of the state's most influential business leaders will gather next week to discuss their support for the arts and the strategies they employ to integrate the arts in day-to-day and long-term business plans at a symposium sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council.

"Smart Strategy: A conversation with Kentucky business leaders supporting the arts," will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St., Lexington. A reception honoring Alltech, the global animal health and nutrition company founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons and based in Nicholasville, immediately follows the event. Alltech is a recent recipient of the 2012 Americans for the Arts BCA 10 award that recognizes the nation's top businesses supporting the arts.

"The arts spur community development, create jobs, and attract new businesses and educated workers," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "Some of the state's most successful business entities are also some of our greatest arts supporters."

Featured panelists and moderators for the event are:

  • Madeline Abramson, board chair, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
  • Marcheta Sparrow, secretary, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
  • Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
  • Lexington Mayor Jim Gray
  • Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president, Alltech
  • Deirdre Lyons, director of corporate image and design, Alltech
  • Craig Greenberg, president, 21C Museum Hotels
  • Chip Banks, senior vice president – investments, Farmers Bank
  • Dave Adkisson, president and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Patrice Varni, senior vice president, direct-to-consumer, Tempur-Pedic
  • Roger Leasor, director of community and government relations, Liquor Barn
  • Ed Lane, publisher, Lane Communications Group
  • Jody Lassiter, president and CEO, Danville/Boyle County Economic Development Authority

"This event gives Kentucky business professionals an opportunity to learn best practice strategies and ideas from their peers who have a long track record of support for the arts," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "I encourage anyone who is interested in the topic to attend and gather ideas for how to build stronger businesses and communities in partnership with the arts."

The event is free but registration is required. Register online at www.artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/SmartStrategyReg.htm. For more information, contact Kate Sprengnether at kate.sprengnether@ky.gov or toll free at 888-833-2787.

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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