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Kentucky Arts Council celebrates 50th anniversary with 50 Days of Art

Events run through March 20, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) — To commemorate its 50th anniversary as a state agency, the Kentucky Arts Council kicked off its “50 Days of Art” celebration Nov. 14 in Owensboro.

“50 Days of Art” is a collection of 50 events hosted by Kentucky Arts Partnership groups around the commonwealth through March 20. The events were selected to be representative of the diversity of art, the geography of the state and accessibility to the public

The arts council was created in 1965 by Gov. Edward T. Breathitt’s executive order and was written into statute by the General Assembly at its 1966 session

“For 50 years, this agency has prospered, largely due to support from Kentucky’s local and regional arts organizations and advocates,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “It’s only fitting that we celebrate our own anniversary by drawing attention to arts events across the Commonwealth, helping those organizations grow the way we have over five decades.

The first event of “50 Days of Art” on Nov. 14 was the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” at RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall in Owensboro. The orchestra partnered with Kentucky Opera and Kentucky Wesleyan Singers to bring Mozart’s comic opera to the Owensboro stage.

The Kentucky Opera and the RiverPark Center are also Kentucky Arts Partnership groups.

“50 Days of Art” events (all times EST unless noted):