Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, launch annual holiday campaign

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 31, 2014  
Contact Information:  Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, agencies in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, are joining forces for the holiday season to promote Kentucky art, craft, music, books, specialty foods, and more with the annual Give a Gift Made in Kentucky campaign.

The arts council has compiled information and made it available in a central location on its website about special events, promotions and discounts from artists and retailers for consumers who are interested in shopping local and buying Kentucky-made for the holidays. There are also gift ideas from a plethora of Kentucky artists who create visual art, craft, music and more.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, where visitors can purchase fine Kentucky-made products from more than 700 Kentucky artisans year-round, has a busy schedule of artist demonstrations, book signings, musical performances and more throughout the holiday season. A schedule of events is listed on the agency's online calendar and additional information can be found on its Facebook page.

Starting Nov. 1, artists in the arts council's Kentucky Crafted Program and Architectural Artists Directory are participating in special events and presenting work in their studios, galleries and showrooms during holiday open houses, exhibits and tours. These events run throughout the holiday season in various locations across the state. Find detailed information online about these artful holiday events.

"The holidays present a time for families and friends to celebrate using their own traditions to make the season special," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Kentucky art, craft, literary arts, and music are steeped in tradition from our earliest days. The holidays are the perfect time to explore and celebrate Kentucky-made art and craft and incorporate its splendor into your holiday celebrations."

Shoppers interested in purchasing Kentucky-made items can visit more than 20 businesses designated as Kentucky Crafted Retailers. These businesses carry items from Kentucky artists, including those in the arts council's Kentucky Crafted program, Architectural Artists Directory and Performing Arts Directory. Many retailers have special events, promotions and discounts throughout the holiday season. Find complete information at

"There are endless opportunities to enjoy the holidays in a unique fashion when you add Kentucky-made art, craft, books, music and foods to your celebrations," said Victoria Faoro, executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. "We are proud to offer thousands of Kentucky-made items and to present artisan book signings, performances and demonstrations on Saturdays throughout the holiday season, to make your holiday shopping experience a truly memorable one."

For those who are new to the world of Kentucky art and craft, the arts council will provide gift previews through its Give a Gift social media campaign. Kentuckians are encouraged to visit the arts council's Facebook page Dec. 1-19 to read suggestions from arts council staff members about some of their favorite Kentucky-related gifts. Read the Creative Commonwealth blog for holiday decorating ideas, information about artists who specialize in holiday-themed items, and much more. On Twitter? Share your favorite Kentucky holiday artists, experiences and items using hashtag #giveagiftky. Or check out the arts council's Give a Gift Pinterest board for even more inspiration.

Finally, the holiday season wouldn't be complete without Kentucky-made holiday decorations. Need that perfect ornament for your tree or a gift that dazzles your holiday party host? A catalog of holiday-themed decorations created by artists in the Kentucky Crafted Program can be found on the Give a Gift homepage of the arts council's website. And don't miss the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea's 18-foot lobby Christmas tree featuring Kentucky-made ornaments and gifts, on display beginning Nov. 22.

The Kentucky Artisan Center is located just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center's exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and its cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. Currently on display is "Put a Lid on It: Containers by Kentucky Artisans," a special exhibit that features an array of containers in all media created by 48 different Kentucky Artisans.

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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