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Spotlight on the Arts: September 2015

By Lori Meadows

Sponsorships Available for 2nd Annual Creative Industry Summit

The Kentucky Arts Council has placed emphasis during the past two years on defining the state’s creative industry and demonstrating its value as a tool that can help achieve positive outcomes for the commonwealth’s future economic and community revitalization, development and growth.

Momentum for these efforts was generated by the findings of the Kentucky Creative Industry Report released last December, as well as the first Creative Industry Summit that same month. This year’s summit will be Nov. 12-13 at the Owensboro Convention Center. The summit has been expanded from one day to two in order to add workshops for creative industry stakeholders — individual artists and community and economic development entities as well as Main Street organizations, Trail Towns and tourism commissions – to access information and resources that will grow and support the industry from all angles.

The second Creative Industry Summit is expected to draw at least 200 participants. This is an opportunity to report on the progress and growth of Kentucky’s creative industry in the year since the report was released.  The selection of Owensboro as the host site for the summit is symbolic: This western Kentucky town on the banks of the Ohio River invests more money in the arts per capita than any other municipality in Kentucky. Support of the arts is part of the fabric of the Owensboro community and a thriving arts scene is built into the culture there.

The Creative Industry Summit workshops are designed to give attendees valuable information to support and grow their local creative industries. The event is built around topics included in the report and the work done in the first year. The summit’s goal is to strengthen the creative industry’s profile among local and regional communities; state and local elected officials; policymakers and business leaders; community developers and stakeholders; and beyond Kentucky’s borders. National, state and local experts will provide valuable information and resources for attendees to identify, grow and support their local creative industries when they leave the summit.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses or organizations that would like to support the second annual Creative Industry Summit. Sponsoring the event is an opportunity to not only invest in the arts, but to show public support for the arts and creative businesses that make up Kentucky’s billion-dollar creative industry. Sponsorship information is available on the arts council’s website, artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/Summit/CreativeIndustrySummit2015-SponsorPackage.htm, or by contacting arts council Creative Industry Manager Emily B. Moses at [email protected].

Louisville Forms Film Commission

Louisville has taken the proactive step of forming its own film commission, a move that Louisville leaders have made to position the city for success. Louisville has already been featured as a location in several major motion pictures, including “Goldfinger,” “Stripes” and “Secretariat,” as well as documentaries on the Kentucky Derby, Muhammad Ali and the Louisville Slugger factory. The creation of a film commission for film and television producers, from within Kentucky and beyond its borders, will make the River City even more attractive as a filming location.

Kentuckians who work in the film industry – whether as a producer, director, actor or technical crew – are being encouraged to register with both the Louisville Film Commission’s crew directory at filmlou.com and the Kentucky Film Commission’s production resources at filmoffice.ky.gov/resources/. These are resources that filmmakers and television producers can use to gather labor for shots on location in Kentucky. These directories help put Kentuckians to work and are an economic driver for the state’s creative industry.

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