FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council will host a seminar in conjunction with Kentucky Crafted: The Market for artists interested in learning how to start a business and who may be interested in joining the Kentucky Crafted program.

"From Artist to Arts Business" will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Lexington Convention Center, the final day of The Market. The seminar is free with the price of event admission and will be conducted by Ed Lawrence, arts marketing director for the arts council. Participants can register at the event.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is the arts council's annual marketplace featuring the best of art, craft, food products, literature and music produced in the state for both wholesale buyers and the general public.

"Artists contact our office every year when they hear about The Market asking how they can participate," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Kentucky Crafted Program artists are the only artists from the Commonwealth eligible to showcase at The Market. We encourage artists who are not in the program to attend this seminar to learn more about growing their business and becoming a part of Kentucky Crafted."

Seminar participants will learn:

  • How to register a business in Kentucky.
  • How to prepare for shows and exhibits.
  • How to price their work.
  • How to apply to the Kentucky Crafted Program.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is open only to wholesale buyers March 7. Doors open to the general public March 8-9 at the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St. In addition to the marketplace, the event features hands-on activities, exhibits and two full days of live music on the Kentucky Stage. Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for two days purchased at the door.

Kentucky Crafted program guidelines are available on the arts council's website. The application deadline is Aug. 15. For more information about the Kentucky Crafted Program, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/KyCrafted.htm, or contact Lawrence at ed.lawrence@ky.gov or 888-833-2787, ext. 473.

For more information about The Market, visit the arts council's website.

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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