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Readers of AmericanStyle Magazine Rank 3 Kentucky Art Festivals Best in Nation

Readers of AmericanStyle magazine have ranked Kentucky Crafted: The Market the best arts festival in the nation. Two additional Kentucky arts events placed in the 2010 Top 10 based on results of the magazine’s sixth annual Fairs & Festivals readers’ poll: St. James Court Art Show, also in Louisville, earned second place. Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival at Midway College in Midway earned fifth place.
Featuring both contemporary and traditional handcraft, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is produced by the Kentucky Arts Council, and is considered an engine of the creative economy in the state. Since 1981, the show has been promoting and developing the arts as a business.

Each year AmericanStyle magazine polls its readers, asking where they prefer to go to view and buy art and fine craft in a festival setting. The results are used to prepare the magazine’s winners list and its Essential Guide to Fairs & Festivals, which can be found in the magazine’s spring issue. In addition, an expanded AmericanStyle Essential Guide to Fairs & Festivals with a yearlong calendar of shows can be viewed online at AmericanStyle.com.

AMERICANSTYLE 2010
TOP 10 FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Kentucky Crafted: The Market,
Louisville, Ky.

St. James Court Art Show,
Louisville, Ky.

Paradise City Arts Festival,
Northampton, Mass.

Scottsdale Arts Festival,
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival at Midway College,
Midway, Ky.

Kentuck Festival of the Arts,
Northport, Ala.

Bayou City Art Festival,
Houston, Texas

The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore,
Baltimore, Md.

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair,
Newbury, N.H.

Des Moines Arts Festival,
Des Moines, Iowa

LexArts Recognizes Three Groups for Innovation and Accomplishment in the Arts

LexArts has awarded three special grants honoring achievement and innovation in the arts. The three recipients – Lafayette High School’s Madrigals, Institute-193 and Balagula Theater – represent the range and diversity of Lexington’s art scene, from a choral group to the visual arts to theater. The groups will receive a total of $3,500.

“These groups are contributing to making our cultural landscape richer,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of LexArts. “The LexArts Board feels strongly that supporting and nurturing emerging artistic endeavors and risk-taking in the arts are key components of ensuring continued growth in our community.”

The Lafayette High School’s Madrigals, an advanced chamber group made up of mostly juniors and seniors, will receive $1,000 toward costs associated with performing at the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) Southern Division Convention in Memphis, Tenn. An invitation by the ACDA to perform a featured concert is one of the highest honors a choir can receive.

Institute-193, an artist-initiated organization that publishes small catalogues that document an artist’s output and exhibits the work of regional artists who have been overlooked by more established galleries, will receive $1,000 toward general operating support. Created by Phillip March Jones, the efforts of Institute-193 provide critical opportunities for emerging and lesser-known artists to get their work seen.

Balagula Theatre, a relatively young nonprofit theater group, will receive $1,500 towards participating in the 61st Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) Annual Convention. Balagula is one of only two theater groups in Kentucky invited to participate at the convention, which was held in March 3-7.

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