News briefs on cultural events around Kentucky compiled by Lori Meadows

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University of Kentucky Graduate Chosen for State Department Music Program

University of Kentucky graduate Brian Archinal has been selected to participate in the Northeastern University Fusion Arts Exchange sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  One of only five Americans chosen to participate in the international program, Archinal will join musicians from India, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, and Mali studying music composition, coaching and history, and performing. The musicians will work collaboratively,  learning from each other’s cultural and musical backgrounds and studying with renowned educators and musicians.  Archinal is a 2008 graduate in percussion performance at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Art

More than 100 artworks created by master traditional artists and contemporary craftspeople living and working in the South today will be on exhibit at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville June 6 through Aug. 23.  Organized by the Southern Arts Federation, and sponsored by the Yum! Brands Foundation, the exhibit includes work by Kentucky artists Minnie Adkins of Isonville, Irene Cheek of Barbourville, Fong Choo of Louisville, Douglas Harling of Hindman, and Leona Waddell of Cecilia.  The exhibit will tour to nine museums in the Southeast through 2010. Tradition/Innovation includes artist interviews, stories and background information on the artists and their processes. More information about the exhibit and educational resources can be found at www.traditioninnovation.org.  For information on viewing the show at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, call (502) 589-0102 or visit www.kentuckyarts.org
The Southern Arts Federation is a regional arts organization which works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, building on the South’s unique heritage and enhancing the value of the arts in our communities.

NEA Provides $890,900 in Competitive Grant Funding to Kentucky Groups

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Kentucky Arts Council a State Partnership grant in the amount of $795,200.  The State Partnership grant enhances state funding resources and helps the Kentucky Arts Council address fundamental priorities at the state level in areas of arts education, access to the arts and providing opportunities for Kentuckians to participate in and benefit from a wide variety of arts experiences. The partnership grant will assist the Kentucky Arts Council in supporting local arts organizations, providing artist residency programs in schools, implementing community arts development and providing technical assistance and training.
The NEA has also awarded funding to the following Kentucky arts organizations:

• Appalshop, Whitesburg – $25,000 to support Roadside Theater’s production and adaptation of the Thousand Kites Play, $50,000 to support the Appalachian Media Institute, a documentary arts film and radio program for high school students.

• J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville – $25,000 to support the Art Explorer Project, which uses a range of interactive experiences to engage elementary school students in the visual arts and the humanities

• Juneteenth Festival, Louisville – $10,000 to support the 9th Annual Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays.

• Living Arts & Science Center, Lexington – $10,000 to support a media arts project for underserved youth.

• Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation, Highland Heights – $15,000 to support African Art for Kentucky teachers.

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