FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council will join communities and organizations across the country May 3-11 in celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week.

First recognized in 1984, National Travel and Tourism Week serves as a chance for cities nationwide to celebrate the unique and charming qualities that bring visitors in, as well as the benefits of travel itself.

Each year, thousands of visitors travel through the Commonwealth and discover the state's rich heritage in art and craft, music, culinary traditions and more. The arts council's Kentucky Cultural District Certification Program is one that identifies unique Kentucky towns that showcase art in all forms and provide a special experience to both residents and out-of-state visitors alike.

"Arts events and cultural venues are high on the list of desirable travel destinations and there is plenty to see and do in Kentucky communities large and small," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Thousands of visitors will flock to some of the state's most well-known festivals and events, many of which happen to be in Kentucky Cultural Districts."

Visit one of these Kentucky Cultural District events in the coming weeks and months to celebrate the arts contributions to travel and tourism in Kentucky:

For more information on Kentucky's six cultural districts or upcoming events, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Cultural/CulturalDistrictsAbout.htm.

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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