FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications through Aug. 15 from craft and visual artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Crafted Program, the only state-supported marketing program for professional artists.

The Kentucky Crafted Program is an adjudicated marketing assistance program for painters, photographers, printmakers and craftspeople.

"Many artists have found it beneficial for their work to be associated with the Kentucky Crafted brand," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "The Kentucky Crafted Program gives artists the skills to develop their arts businesses into full-time professions."

Artists accepted into the Kentucky Crafted Program are eligible to:

  • Use the Kentucky Crafted logo.
  • Exhibit at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.
  • Be included in the arts council's online directory for artists.
  • Sell work at the Governor's Derby Celebration.
  • Participate in the Buyers Market of American Craft, a national craft trade show.
  • Take advantage of cooperative advertising opportunities.

"Applications for the program require quite a bit of preparation, so artists who intend to apply should consider starting the process now," said Ed Lawrence, arts marketing director for the arts council. "The program is highly competitive. Artists should pay close attention to the guidelines and follow the application directions closely to put their best foot forward."

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for the program is Aug. 15. For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/KAC_crafted or contact Ed Lawrence at ed.lawrence@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext 473.

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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