Craft Marketing Program
Diamond Caverns Event Spotlights Cave and Kentucky Products
Diamond Caverns, Park City, Kentucky will celebrate its fifth year as a Kentucky Collection retailer at its annual event on Saturday, June 3. Visitors mayenjoy Kentucky food samplings, listen to great Kentucky music, purchase crafts, visual art, food, books and music. No Tools Loaned, a blue grass group from Frankfort, will perform 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Visitors may also tour one of Kentucky’s most beautiful caves at a special price of $1.00, available from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Kentucky Collection, a project of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, represents an assortment of the state's crafts, foods, visual arts, books, and music available to retailers in a custom-designed display case with signage and marketing support. The goal of the Kentucky Collection program is to provide Kentucky retailers a convenient and effective way to sell the state’s products. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is a partner on the project.
“Diamond Caverns, a national tourist destination, is a flagship Kentucky retailer who purchases work from Kentucky businesses for resale,” says Nancy, Atcher, Product Development Coordinator. Diamond Caverns’ was selected as one of the eleven original stores to participate in this unique state-sponsored program and one of the three private retailers who continues with the project. For more information on Diamond Caverns visit their web site at: http://www.diamondcaverns.com/
The Kentucky Craft Marketing Program is a division of the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information, call 888 KY CRAFT (592-7238), local calls, (502) 564-8076, or visit the Program's web site at www.kycraft.ky.gov.
Since 1981, the Craft Marketing Program's mission is to develop the state's craft industry, support and empower Kentucky artisans and craftspeople, create an economically viable environment for craft entrepreneurs, preserve the state's craft traditions, stimulate and support product development, and generate public awareness, public support and public/private partnerships.
The Program provides assistance to Kentucky residents, individuals, or groups wanting to develop as craft professionals through economic opportunities and training, to other outside entities (e.g., craft retailers, craft and art organizations, community and government agencies), and the general public. The craft industry in Kentucky contributes 252 million dollars in annual sales and Kentucky is recognized as a model state for its craft programs and its role in the $14 billion national craft industry.