Arts Council
Calling all schools: Kentucky Arts Council wants your creativity for Derby Celebration

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 27, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council invites Kentucky schools to be part of the fun and excitement of the Kentucky Derby by decorating canvases for the Governor’s Derby Celebration.

Picnic tables on the Old State Capitol grounds will be fitted with horse heads and tails, and the canvases, or “Derby blankets,” will be placed over the tabletops like a blanket over a horse.

The arts council will provide a canvas to all schools that request one. Schools must provide their own supplies to complete the paintings, and paint must be outdoor latex and able to withstand inclement weather.

Last year, 54 schools participated in the Derby Celebration event, including Bremen Elementary School in Muhlenberg County.

“We like this project because it fits in with what we always tell our kids about putting their best foot forward; we compare that to the Kentucky Derby,” said Bremen Elementary School teacher Pam Rose. “You can gallop around wild and not achieve your goals, but with a horse and jockey working together you can win the race and reach your goals. This project is a fun reminder of that concept.”

There are no theme requirements, but painted canvases must be returned to the arts council by April 24 for consideration to be part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration. The arts council reserves the right to select which canvases to display at the event. Schools that participate are acknowledged at the celebration.

To request a canvas for your school, contact Jean St. John, arts council education director, at or call 888-833-2787, ext. 486.

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.

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Governor's Derby Celebration-Horse Table Caption: More than 50 schools participated in last year’s Kentucky Derby blanket art project,
a part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort.

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