Arts Council
Creative Industry Summit promises to generate community, economic development ideas

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 12, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Would you like to add a fine arts extension agent to your county’s cooperative extension program? Want to know how to bolster your local economy by supporting artists? Interested in learning about resources available to creative entrepreneurs? Want to know how businesses have thrived after integrating the arts into their operations?

All these questions and more will be answered at the Kentucky Arts Council’s second annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 12-13 at the Owensboro Convention Center.

The Creative Industry Summit, supported by presenting sponsors Berea College Crafts and the Kentucky Arts Council Board of Directors, promises to be an event that will appeal to more than just leaders in Kentucky’s arts community.

“We can’t emphasize enough how the dialogue at this summit will touch all aspects of community and economic development,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “Our speakers include elected officials, convention and visitors bureau professionals, university faculty, cooperative extension personnel, artists and community arts leaders from across the state.

“Attendees will come away from this summit having learned something new, and certainly they will come away with a notebook full of ideas on how they can boost their community’s profile and economic development by nurturing the arts in their cities and towns.”

More than 30 speakers are scheduled for the two-day summit including Pam Breaux, National Association of State Arts Agencies CEO; Jennifer Hughes, National Endowment for the Arts, design specialist; Leonardo Vazquez, National Consortium for Creative Placemaking executive director; Ron Payne, Owensboro mayor; Al Mattingly, Daviess County Judge-Executive; Mary Hammond, Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau; Richard Young, North Limestone Community Development Corp. director of programs; Dean Dennis, Owensboro Convention Center general manager; Debbie Zuerner Johnson, Owensboro Health community outreach manager; Becky Naugle, Kentucky Small Business Development Center state director; Tim McNeilly, United States Department of Agriculture rural development coordinator; and Frank Tate, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

“There is a lot of expertise packed into these two days,” Meadows said. “Community leaders across the Commonwealth will not want to miss this important opportunity to hear these speakers and to network among themselves. We anticipate many ideas coming out of the Creative Industry Summit.”

Registration for the summit is online at the arts council’s website. Registration is $10 for the Nov. 12 session and $50 for the Nov. 13 session. Hotel information is also online. Reduced room rates have been made available to summit attendees. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at all levels.

For more information about the Creative Industry Summit, including daily agendas and details about workshops, visit the Creative Industry Summit web page, or contact Emily B. Moses, arts council creative industry manager, at 502-564-3757, ext. 472 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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