Arts Council
Eastern Kentucky workshops explore arts, cultural project development; entrepreneurship

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 18, 2014  
Contact Information:  Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council will present two events in May to share information with communities, artists and others interested in harvesting arts and cultural resources in eastern Kentucky for tourism, business growth and economic development purposes.

These forums continue work the arts council started last year in eastern Kentucky to introduce and explore the concept of art as an economic driver in the Appalachian region. The work began in Pikeville the day after Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers gathered Kentuckians together for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit to discuss the future of the Appalachian region of the state.

"The arts council takes this work very seriously and we are thankful the National Endowment for the Arts chose to fund the continuation of our efforts in eastern Kentucky," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "We welcome anyone who is interested in learning how to put arts and cultural development to work to join us."

The two events will address topics for different audiences. The first is for community groups, and the second is for individual artists. Participants will hear from local, state and national leaders about best practices, new trends and resources available to assist with projects.

"Vibrant Communities: Putting arts and cultural development to work" will be from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Rowan County Arts Center in Morehead. A detailed agenda and registration are available at the arts council website.

"Vibrant Communities" is for people who are interested in developing projects that will help build stronger communities and stimulate economic growth through arts and cultural engagement. The forum will provide resources and information for community-based groups, organizers, local officials and leaders, policymakers, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, other community stakeholders and members of the general public who are interested in creating innovative, collaborative projects.

The second forum is for individual artists, small artist groups and artist entrepreneurs interested in developing, managing and expanding their businesses. The forum will focus on taking the steps necessary to build or strengthen an arts business in addition to working with retailers and promoting an artist's work.

"Artists as Entrepreneurs: Putting arts and cultural development to work" will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Knott County Opportunity Center in Hindman. A detailed agenda and registration are available at the arts council website.

Both workshops are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

This work is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through its Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) initiative.

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project for Public Spaces, Inc., along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters® Partnership.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, 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.

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