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

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — 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 between Nov. 14 and 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” 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.

“The Kentucky Arts Council has been an invaluable asset to individual artists and arts organizations since its inception 50 years ago. Since the Owensboro Symphony’s beginnings, 50 years ago this season, we have continuously relied on the services of our arts council,” said G. Dan Griffith, CEO of the Owensboro Symphony. “We are thrilled to play a part in the ‘50 Days of Art’ and are happy to celebrate this momentous milestone of our two organizations together in this exciting way.”

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

For more information, contact Dan Strauss, arts council senior program analyst, at 502-564-3757, ext. 474 or

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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