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FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council will celebrate October as National Arts and Humanities Month with a series of events that coincide with the monthlong designation. In addition, several events are planned across the state in partnership with the state arts agency that may be of interest to a variety of arts stakeholders.

The monthlong celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month is an opportunity for Kentuckians to recognize the influence arts and culture have in the state's past, present and future, said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director.

"Kentucky's arts infrastructure is well-established and grows stronger by the year as more people realize the multiple roles the arts can play in a community," said Meadows. "This month, we encourage Kentuckians to discover, or rediscover, art in their communities and schools, and to celebrate their own creativity."

The arts council's events occurring in October include:

  • American Craft Week Oct. 5-14 – join Kentucky Crafted Retailers in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio in celebrating American Craft Week with special activities, demonstrations, open houses and promotions.

  • "Uncommon Wealth" Exhibit – the exhibit showcases work from artists who have received Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships during the last 30 years. "Uncommon Wealth" opens Oct. 7 at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington.

  • Kentucky Writers Al Smith Fellowship Workshop – 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, the arts council will share information about the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and the Emerging Artist Awards for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays/screenplays. This session will include information and tips for completing the online application. Register by calling 859-254-4175
    ext. 21, or visit

  • Governor's Awards in the Arts, – 10 a.m., Oct. 29, Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort; the public is invited to attend the ceremony presenting the state's highest awards in the arts.

Related events in partnership with the arts council include:

  • The Western States Arts Federation, a national arts nonprofit organization, will host its fifth annual Arts Festival Conference Oct. 7-8 at the Seelbach Hilton hotel in Louisville.
  • The University of Louisville, in conjunction with the arts council, will host a "Film and Filmmaking in Kentucky" conference Oct. 4 at the university, offering a close-up of the state's movie industry. Panelists will focus on making feature films in the state, documentaries in Kentucky, the business of film, and teaching and writing about film. More information is available online.
  • The Central Appalachian Institute for Research and Development will host the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) Oct. 29-31 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky. The CIRD conference is focused on integrating arts and culture into existing community plans, and raising awareness about how artisan and craft industries can serve as an economic engine for a 54-county region. The workshop will bring together a wide range of participants, including local elected officials, tourism experts, arts organizations, cultural heritage experts, and federal government officials. Registration for the event is free at

National Arts and Humanities Month, coordinated by Americans for the Arts, encourages Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

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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