FRANKFORT, Ky. — A number of workshops are being offered at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, the award-winning arts show coming to the Lexington Convention Center March 3-4. It is the perfect opportunity for anyone with an interest in music, dance, writing, storytelling, community architecture or pursuing art as a business.
The workshops give people who may not consider themselves artists a fun way to participate in the arts, with the encouragement of professional artists as facilitators. There is a small registration fee for each workshop in addition to the price of admission to Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Online pre-registration is available at http://1.usa.gov/Market2012. Registrations will also be accepted at the door, if space is available.
||Are you an artist who wants to sell your work?|
Sign up for this workshop and learn about social networking, booth design, exporting and finding new audiences.
Connecting Your Art to the World; Fee: $5
||How do you design for a community?|
Join architect Ross Primmer of DeLeon & Primmer Architecture Workshop as he discusses the design studio’s focus on cultural and civic environments and drawing inspiration from local traditions of craft.
Designing for a Community; Fee: $17
||Want to get started writing the great American novel?|
It might not happen in an hour and fifteen minutes; however, Lynn Pruett, author of “Ruby River,” will give you the breadcrumbs leading to the gingerbread house in her workshop. You will start with 12 words, eventually using the scenes and characters they inspire to form a story, poem or essay.
Fiction: Twelve Key Words; Fee: $17
||Do you have a song in your heart?|
This is your opportunity to explore the creative process of songwriting. Heath Eric and Molly G will teach you basic song structure and encourage you to explore the many aspects of your life that could provide inspiration. You will then have a chance to work with other participants to write a song combining everyone’s distinctive perspectives and perform it on stage (if you want).
Roots Songwriting; Fee: $5
||Have you ever wanted to sing in a gospel choir?|
If you like to sing, join John Edmonds who has over 50 years of experience in this tradition of African-American music. This workshop is for people of all religious affiliations and level of vocal skill. You will experience a typical Thursday evening choir practice on a Saturday afternoon and then be invited to join John on stage for the debut of the Kentucky Crafted Temporary Gospel Choir 2012.
Gospel Singing; Fee: $5
||So you want to get published?|
Publisher Jason Sizemore, University Press of Kentucky director Steve Wrinn and award-winning self-published writer Abigail Keam will discuss the process of publishing and self-publishing. Bring your questions for an informative experience.
Publishing Panel; Fee: $17
||How does your story unfold?|
Join storyteller Pam Holcomb as she directs you through a specialized storytelling technique. When you tell a story, does it unfold for the listener (as the saying goes), or does it actually fold into something new? Learn how to tell a story scene-by-scene while constructing a paper model fold-by-fold.
Storigami; Fee: $5
||Are you a poet and don’t know it?|
You’ll learn from Kentucky poet Frederick Smock that writing poetry requires not so much an intellect as an expansive spirit and openness to the world. In the workshop, you will generate new poems, participate in a quick critique and then have a chance to refine.
Poetry: Writing from the Heart; Fee: $17
||Do you love dance and have a fascination for Chinese culture?|
Join Shuling Fister as she guides you through fan and handkerchief dances from the ceremonies and festivals of the Han ethnic culture. Along with the dance steps, you will also learn some basic Mandarin words for counting, body parts, directions and props.
Chinese Dance; Fee: $5
||Have you ever considered drumming for stress relief?|
Drumming doesn’t just keep the beat. It can be a powerful tool, providing a variety of physical benefits. Roberta Schultz of Raison D’Etre fame is also a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator. She will lead you through an hour-and-a-half drumming session to increase your creativity and improve your health. No experience necessary and drums are provided.
Empowerment Drumming; Fee: $5
||Do you want to cut a rug?|
Explore the roots of Appalachian dance from the British Isles to the Kentucky mountains with teaching and performing artist Carla Gover. After demonstrating basic steps from Scotland and Ireland, Carla will teach a beginning class in Appalachian clogging. You’ll learn about the relationship between traditional music and dance and leave with a mini-routine under your belt.
Appalachian Dance; Fee: $5
At the heart of Kentucky Crafted: The Market are more than 150 artists selling original jewelry, wearable art, home decor, furniture, paintings, prints, photographs and artisan foods along with Kentucky-related books, CDs and DVDs. The Market also features an exciting lineup of hourly performances by musicians on the Kentucky Stage and children’s activities presented by local arts groups.
|Kentucky Crafted: The Market, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Ky.|
|Saturday, March 3, 2012
||10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST|
|Sunday, March 4, 2012
||10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST|
|One-day ticket: $8 online; $10 at the door|
Two-day ticket: $12 online; $15 at the door
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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