Arts Council
Registration open for Kentucky Arts Council’s 2nd annual Creative Industry Summit

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 21, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Registration is open for the Kentucky Arts Council’s second annual Creative Industry Summit Nov. 12-13 at the Owensboro Convention Center featuring national, state and local experts discussing the creative industry and related topics. The summit will benefit individuals and communities statewide interested in growing and supporting Kentucky’s creative industry.

Registration for the summit, detailed agendas and hotel information are available on the arts council’s website. This year’s event includes an additional day of workshops that will provide hands-on learning opportunities to creative industry stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and those interested in using the arts as a tool for community development.

The pre-summit workshops on Thursday, Nov. 12, will include two learning tracks. The Entrepreneurship Track is for artists and creative entrepreneurs interested in growing and developing their business. The Community Development through the Arts Track is geared toward community based organizations, tourism and community development staff, economic developers, Main Street directors, Trail Towns, business owners, chambers of commerce, and others with a vested interest in learning how to maximize the use of their local arts and cultural resources.

The summit, on Friday, Nov. 13, will feature a presentation on the arts council’s work across the state to develop the creative industry, in addition to presentations from Pam Breaux, CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; and Leonardo Vasquez, executive director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. It will offer multiple opportunities during afternoon breakout sessions for participants to learn about creative industry initiatives taking place across the state.

Vasquez, who will also offer a creative placemaking workshop on Nov. 12, said he is impressed with Kentucky’s creative placemaking initiatives.

“I'm honored to be invited to speak at the summit,” he said. “There are some exciting creative placemaking activities in Kentucky. I'm hoping to share what I've learned from my work in this field and to learn from others about their experiences.”

Vasquez’s presentation on Nov. 13 is titled “Leading Success for Community, Cultural and Economic Development.” It is tailored to everyone involved in making places better, he said: elected officials and other community leaders, urban planners, economic and community development professionals, artists and leaders of arts organizations.

“My presentation is not going to be about arts and culture,” he said. “It’s going to be about making places better with arts and culture.

“How do you know when the arts are helping to improve quality of life and economic opportunity in a community? Who should be involved and how? I hope to help attendees answer those questions and more.”

The summit could not happen without supporting partnerships from event sponsors, like presenting sponsor Berea College Crafts. Tim Glotzbach, Berea College Crafts director, said the relationship between Berea College Crafts and the arts council is a special one from which the crafts program has benefited, and that it was natural to want to reciprocate that support.

“We feel a strong connection to the work of the Kentucky Arts Council, especially with their commitment to helping communities develop the arts, the education of young artists, and the arts council’s dedication to providing continuing support for creatives in all disciplines,” Glotzbach said. “It is our desire to help develop unique, new avenues through which we can advance assistance to artists and the communities in which they reside.

“Our support for this summit seems second nature, as the strength of the creative industry in Kentucky supports thousands of individuals, and echoes the rich traditions of Berea’s past.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at all levels.

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.

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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