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News briefs on cultural events around Kentucky

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McCorvey Named Executive Producer of World Equestrian Games Ceremonies

Everett McCorvey has been named executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Global Creative Connection LLC, of which McCorvey serves as president, will be overseeing all production matters related to the opening and closing ceremonies, slated for Sept. 25 and Oct. 10, 2010.
McCorvey most recently co-produced the “Our Lincoln” event at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has produced “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” for the past 17 years as well as numerous artistic events throughout the community and region. McCorvey continues to serve as the director of UK Opera Theatre and founder/director of the American Spiritual Ensemble while undertaking this leadership role with the upcoming games.

Gov. Beshear Proclaims December ‘Give a Gift Made in Kentucky Month’

First Lady Jane Beshear, along with regional artisans and dignitaries,announced Gov. Steve Beshear’s proclamation of December 2009 as “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky Month” in a ceremony held Nov. 30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Local gallery owners, craftspeople, tourism staff and business owners celebrate the Governor’s proclamation with Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow; Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet; Victoria Faoro, executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea; Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council; Todd Lowe, chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council; and Ken Gastineau, chairman of the Berea Tourism Commission.

The proclamation read by the First Lady states in part, “Kentucky craftsmanship produces the highest quality products, ranging from homemade blackberry jam to beautiful works of art. Kentucky is known around the world for its artisans and the quality crafts and arts they create – and buying Kentucky made products contributes significantly to quality of life in Kentucky…”

In addition to the Kentucky Artisan Center at 975 Walnut Meadow Road, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77, holiday gifts made by commonwealth artists and craftspeople can be found in some 30 Berea area shops, galleries and studios.
Many other shops and museums across the state specializing in Kentucky made items may be found across the commonwealth in Lexington, Frankfort, Paducah, Whitesburg, Louisville, Erlanger, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Newport, Midway, Owensboro, Hindman and elsewhere.

The Kentucky Artisan Center currently features works by more than 650
artisans from 100 counties. Call (859) 985-5448 or visit kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov