News briefs on cultural events around Kentucky – March 2011

By wmadministrator

Kentucky Foundation for the Arts Unveils Specialty License Plate
Kentuckians can now show their support for the arts with a license plate designed by Louisville artist Jeaneen Barnhart. All proceeds from the specialty plate will go to the Kentucky Foundation for the Arts Inc. to enhance the stability of Kentucky’s arts organizations and to ensure that Kentuckians have access to the arts.

Drivers choosing the “Experience the Arts!” plate can designate a specific Kentucky Arts Partnership member to receive benefits. Those chosen will receive a $10 donation. Funds not designated to a specific arts organizations will be divided among all of the groups.

Before the plates can go into production, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet must receive at least 900 applications with a $25 contribution. License plate applications can be accessed at http://bit.ly/KYartsPlate  or  artscouncil.ky.gov.

 

Kentucky Crafted: The Market Returns to Louisville
Kentucky Crafted: The Market returns to Louisville March 17-20, 2011, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing B. The Market  was chosen as the No. 1 fair or festival in the United States by readers of AmericanStyle magazine in 2010.  It has been named a Top 10 event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market  is an economic generator for Kentucky that has been growing since its debut in 1981. In 2010, there were 600 wholesale buyers in attendance from 16 states. On public days there were 8,000 customers.
Combined total wholesale and retail sales are estimated at nearly $1 million from vendor sales reports.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market offers buyers from galleries, shops and online retail venues across the nation the opportunity to select products from more than 200 exhibitors of fine art and craft, books, CDs, DVDs and specialty foods.

The Market is open exclusively to the trade on March 17-18. On March 19- 20, the marketplace opens to the public. In addition to shopping for fine art and craft, visitors can enjoy musical performances, sample regional food products, meet Kentucky authors and explore Kentucky traditions.

Artists exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market have been selected to participate by an independent panel of arts professionals based on artistic excellence and market readiness.

 

Gov. Beshear Appoints Maureen Morehead as Kentucky Poet Laureate
Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that poet, writer and teacher Maureen Morehead of Louisville will receive the honorary appointment as Kentucky poet laureate for 2011-2012. Morehead will be formally inducted at the Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration April 25, 2011, in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
Morehead is currently a faculty member of Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program, teaching poetry.

Morehead has published three books of poetry: “In a Yellow Room” (Sulgrave Press, 1990), “A Sense of Time Left” (Larkspur Press, 2003) and “The Melancholy Teacher” (Larkspur Press, 2010). Morehead also co-authored “Our Brothers’ War,” which includes her poems and Pat Carr’s short stories on a theme of Kentucky women during the Civil War.

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