Nine Western Kentuckians Join the Ranks of Community Scholars
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Folklife Program is proud to announce the graduation of nine individuals who have successfully completed the training for the Community Scholars certification program.
Community Scholars collect and preserve local history, identify and document local traditions and present these traditions to the public. The training provided by the Kentucky Folklife Program, in six full-day intensive workshops, teaches the basic skills of conducting folklife fieldwork and helps communities explore and showcase local talents, folk traditions and history.
The new Community Scholars are Tom Bennett, Madisonville; Janet Bravard, Hopkinsville; Sarah Brown, Madisonville; Richard Cunningham, Madisonville; Cindy Earls, Cadiz; Lori Harrison, Nortonville; Carole Menser, Dawson Springs; Jean Merrell, Madisonville and Gladys Trice, Madisonville. Their individual projects explored topics as varied as stockcar racing, western Kentucky coalmining, Land between the Lake nature artists and the Munn's School.
These scholars now join the ranks of over 100 Kentucky Community Scholars that have successfully completed the training program conducted in Madisonville, Paducah, Bowling Green, Frankfort, Covington, Hodgenville, Catlettsburg, Cynthiana or Paintsville.
For more information about the Community Scholars or how to participate in upcoming training sessions, contact Kentucky Folklife Program Folklife Specialist Sarah Schmitt at 502-564-1792 ext. 4555 or email@example.com.
The Kentucky Folklife Program, whose mission is to identify, document and conserve the state's diverse cultural traditions, is an interagency program of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council.
The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that creates opportunities 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, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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PHOTO CAPTION: The Madisonville Community Scholars Class: Front Row (left to right) Sharon Harris, Janet Bravard, Sarah Brown, Gladys Trice; Back Row (left to right) Cindy Earls, Richard Cunningham, Lori Harrison, Carole Menser, Tom Bennett, Jean Merrell
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