Arts Council
Registration open for Kentucky Arts Council’s Master Class

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 11, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Libraries, vineyards, wedding receptions, company picnics, the town square and park pavilions are all places you might expect to see performances of music, theatrical works or other live entertainment.

But performances at those and similar venues don’t come together by themselves. If you’re in charge of entertainment programming for an organization or are a professional event planner, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Master Class is for you.

Master Class is a daylong learning laboratory exploring topics and options for presenting live performance. Admission to Master Class is open to individuals and groups who plan for and present live performance including business and civic leaders, college and university activity boards, community groups and organizations, event planners, festival organizers, government agencies, librarians, Main Street managers, park directors, Trail Town participants, performing arts presenters and others.

The 2015 Master Class will be 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Grand Theatre in Frankfort. The event is free, but registration is required.

Workshops will include “Trending: Meeting the Mission Through Social Media,” presented by Rachel Shane, the University of Kentucky’s arts administration program director; and “Totally Accessible: Reaching New Audiences,” presented by Louisville-based access, inclusion and education consultant Talleri McRae.

“Well-executed performance events are a feather in the cap of any community and can make an important event, from a free concert series to a private wedding reception, more memorable. Those events don’t just happen on their own, though, and require a lot of planning,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “The goal of Master Class is to position event planners for success by putting them in a room with performing artists and knowledgeable consultants, who can help them polish their planning skills.”

The day will offer a blend of showcase performances and working sessions about a variety of topics. Participants will also have opportunities to talk one-on-one with the performers and presenters. Kentucky performers featured during the event are:

  • Dale Pyatt, Americana music
  • Alchemy Productions, theater
  • Hong Shao, Classical Chinese music
  • Heath & Molly, American roots-rock
  • Lexington Vintage Dance, multigenre dance
  • Pam Holcomb, storytelling
  • All Here Together Productions, theater
  • Colin Grant-Adams, Celtic music
  • Raison D’Etre, Americana music

For more information on Master Class, contact Tamara Coffey, individual artist director, at, or 502-564-3757, ext. 479. Registration is available online at the arts council website.

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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