Give the gift of Kentucky art this holiday season
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council, with the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, launches the 2015 Give a Gift Made in Kentucky campaign today. The campaign, which features a variety of work by Kentucky-based artists, will run through Dec. 31.
Artists in Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted and Architectural Artist Directory will feature their studios, galleries and shops for holiday open houses and other events showcasing their work. These events will run through the entire Give a Gift campaign, and be located throughout the state.
“Kentucky-made art and craft is among the best there is, and the holidays are a perfect time to share Kentucky-made art as gifts for friends and family,” said Lori Meadows. “Whether it’s music, literature or any of the wonderful visual art and craft Kentucky artists produce, there is something for everyone on your list that is uniquely Kentucky.”
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.
“We love encouraging people to ‘Give a Gift Made in Kentucky.’ It’s such a great way to ensure the gifts people give are special — and will be treasured for years to come,” said Victoria Faoro, artisan center executive director. “Giving gifts made in Kentucky makes the holiday memorable for everyone — and provides important support for our state’s talented artisans.”
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.
For more information on Give a Gift, contact Tom Musgrave, arts council communications director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 489 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Gwen Heffner, artisan center information specialist, at 859-985-5448, ext. 230 or email@example.com.
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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