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News briefs on cultural events around Kentucky

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March 1 Is the Filing Deadline for Governor’s Arts Awards Nominations
The Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts program, the commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts, recognizes the extraordinary and significant contributions of artists, arts organizations, volunteers, schools, educators, local governments, legislators and corporate citizens to the arts in Kentucky or the nation. Nominations may be made in the following categories:

• Milner Award: Outstanding philanthropic, artistic or other contributions to the arts

• Artist Award: Lifetime achievement in the arts

• Business Award:  Outstanding interest in and support of the arts

• Community Arts Award: Positive impact in the community through the arts

• Education Award: Significant contribution to arts in education

• Folk Heritage Award: Outstanding effort to perpetuate and promote Kentucky’s unique artistic traditions

• Government Award: Significant support for the arts through government

• Media Award:  Commitment to bringing the arts to the attention of the public

• National Award: Achievement of national fame in the arts

The deadline for nominations is Mar. 1. Nomination forms may be accessed at artscouncil.ky.gov. The 2009 awards will be presented by Gov. Steve Beshear at a celebration in October. The Kentucky Arts Council coordinates the nominations, selection panel and celebration on behalf of the governor.

Kentucky Crafted Businesses Exhibit at Philadelphia Buyers Market of America
Six Kentucky Crafted businesses marketed their work in the Kentucky Arts Council’s exhibit on the tradeshow floor Feb. 13-16 at the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft.

Buyers Market of American Craft is the nation’s largest wholesale trade show of American craft, providing artists a professional venue to build relationships with qualified wholesale craft buyers. Approximately 1,500 artists exhibit to more than 9,000 buyers representing about 3,000 companies from across the United States and Canada.

“KAC is the first state agency to exhibit at the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft. The show has enabled KAC to focus its marketing efforts on retailers that have a commitment to selling American craft,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.

Participating artists are: Erica Kirchner, Creature Comforts by Erica, Prospect; Mark Needham Jewelry, Louisville; Dick Scheu, Kentucky Snow, Louisville; Ken Roberts, Cadiz; Mary Nehring, Colors to Dye For, Versailles; and Marvin Schnoll, Red Oak Crafts, Louisville.

Nominations Open for Best Companies That Are Supporting the Arts in America
The Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, and Forbes magazine, is seeking nominations for the best companies that support the arts. The nation’s highest recognition for business involvement in the arts, the BCA Ten honorees serve as role models for other companies to follow.  Nominations may be made by visiting AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10. The nomination deadline is Mar. 6. Award recipients will be announced at a Nov. 19 gala in New York City.