News briefs on cultural events around Kentucky

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American Founders Bank Woodland Arts Fair
2008 marks the 33rd season for the American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair, an annual event of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Parks & Recreation and the Lexington Art League. Two hundred artists from across the country will be featured in historic downtown Woodland Park Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17. Voted as one of the top 40 arts and crafts fairs in 2006 by Sunshine Artist magazine, the Woodland Art Fair has attracted more than 60,000 visitors a year, gaining recognition from both the Kentucky Tourism Council and the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 10 tourist event. Live entertainment and an area designated for families with children to create their own arts and crafts will also be featured.

Fund for the Arts Announces Largest Increase in History
The Louisville Fund for the Arts has announced that the 2008 fund-raising campaign raised $9,074,116, exceeding its highest goal of $9 million. The 12.5 percent increase over 2007 reflects the largest dollar increase in the fund’s history, the largest percentage fund increase since 1990, and the largest dollar increase of any united arts fund organization. The Fund for the Arts was the first not-for-profit united arts fund in the United States, founded in 1949 by Louisville Mayor Charles Farnsley.

Gov. Beshear Appoints Members to Kentucky Arts Council Board
Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed the following members to the Kentucky Arts Council for four-year terms: Sonya G. Baker, Murray, associate professor of Voice at Murray State University; Paul Fourshee, Cadiz, businessman and owner of Fourshee Building Supply; and Ron Johnson, Fort Mitchell, partner and practicing attorney at Schachter & Hendy, P.S.C.

Everett McCorvey of Lexington, endowed professor of voice and the holder of the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies at the University of Kentucky, has been reappointed for a four-year term, continuing as vice-chair of the council.

Arts Toolkits Named Finalist in Government Awards Competition
Kentucky Educational Television’s Arts Toolkits were honored by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University’s School of Government. The top 50 programs of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards competition were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants; the programs represent the best in government innovation from local, county, city, tribal, state and federal levels, and compete for a $100,000 award.

An innovative collaboration between Kentucky’s arts and education communities, the toolkits are multimedia teaching resources in drama, dance, visual arts and music, which include DVDs with performances and artist interviews, lesson plans, posters and other informational materials aligned to state standards. More than 280 Kentucky arts organizations and artists, along with some 470 classroom teachers, have been involved in creating the resources.

Winners of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards competition will be announced in September. More information about Arts Toolkits is available at www.ket.org/artstoolkit

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