FRANKFORT, Ky. — Members and supporters of Kentucky's arts community will join the Kentucky Arts Council today from 1-3 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate the many facets of the arts as Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed Jan. 28 Arts Day in Kentucky.

"The arts have had significant importance in shaping our Commonwealth since our earliest days," said Gov. Beshear. "I am proud to proclaim Arts Day in Kentucky in recognition of the contributions by artists, educators, arts organizations and all others who create vibrant communities through the arts in our state."

The arts council hosts Arts Day each year during the legislative session to bring awareness to the many roles the arts play in the Commonwealth. Arts leaders, artists, the general public, and other supporters of the arts gather to celebrate and recognize the Kentucky General Assembly for its continued support of the arts.

In conjunction with Arts Day, the arts council is publicly announcing its commission of a Kentucky Creative Industry research study, said Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows.

"Professional artists and arts organizations are operating in every region of Kentucky, creating work and generating opportunities for Kentucky residents and visitors to participate in the arts in significant ways," said Meadows. "These are the people and organizations that make up the state's creative industry. The arts council is undertaking this effort to quantify the activities of Kentucky's creative industry and its interactions and effects on other sectors of Kentucky's economy."

The study will be conducted by Mt. Auburn Associates, an economic development analysis and strategy firm in Somerville, Mass., that has worked at the forefront of the creative economic development field for the past 10 years and has conducted similar studies for other states, municipalities and organizations.

"Mt. Auburn Associates with Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld, Donnan Consulting, and MDC Inc., approaches the research of arts and culture in Kentucky with the conviction that the creative industries positively contribute to the state's economy," said Beth Siegel, the firm's president. "The final report for this effort will share the Mt. Auburn team's findings and recommendations based on a detailed analysis of economic data and a robust and iterative community engagement process."

The final report will include a baseline assessment of the Commonwealth's creative industry and serve as a critical tool for future planning and policy development.

The study includes:

  • Research and analysis of Kentucky's creative and cultural assets.
  • Convening key stakeholders to evaluate the broad spectrum of the arts in Kentucky.
  • Examining relationships between creative industries and other clusters in the state's economy.
  • Presenting case studies to illustrate the diversity, value and impact of creative industries in particular communities and analyzing the possibility of replication.

The creative industry study will also provide information for policymakers to use the creative industry as a community development, tourism, social and economic tool.

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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