On Feb. 20, the Kentucky Arts Council will host Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual opportunity for artists, teachers, organizations and arts advocates to celebrate the great things happening in the arts across Kentucky. It also allows those arts stakeholders to network with each other and to personally thank legislators for their continued support of the arts council.
Arts Day is also a good opportunity for Kentucky’s business and civic leaders to meet and identify the movers and shakers in the arts in order to form valuable partnerships. In addition to being a powerful economic driver, local leaders in the arts can be resources for tourism events, like music festivals or art shows. Arts Day in Kentucky is a wonderful way to meet those people, all gathered under one roof.
This year’s Arts Day will be at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. In addition to networking opportunities, visitors will be able to enjoy performances by selected acts from the arts council’s performing artists directory as well as interact with artists from the Kentucky Crafted program, who will be demonstrating their talents at various locations around the Rotunda. The festivities begin at 10 a.m.
The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 95 arts organizations across the commonwealth for the 2018 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership program. The KAP program provides nonprofit arts organizations with unrestricted operating support to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky. Representatives of those organizations have been invited to Frankfort for Arts Day to tell legislators how KAP funds have helped them continue their respective missions.