Each year, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council honors individuals, businesses and organizations that make outstanding and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. KET will showcase the honorees in a one-hour program, The 2004 Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts, airing Wednesday, April 6 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET1.
The 2004 award recipients, who were honored by Governor Ernie Fletcher at a ceremony on Feb. 8, 2005 are: David A. Jones, Milner Award; Ricky Skaggs, National Award; Elizabeth Hartwell, Artist Award; Julius Friedman, Business Award; Singletary Center for the Arts, Community Arts Award - Organization; Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Community Arts Award - Individual; Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Education Award; John Harrod, Folk Heritage Award; Hindman/Knott County Development Initiative, Government Award; and WTCR Radio, Media Award.
The program, produced by Studio Link, features interviews with the recipients, Arts Council Executive Director Gerri Combs and Governor Fletcher, highlighting the value of the arts in Kentucky from many different perspectives.
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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council invests in programs that develop vibrant communities, provide lifelong education in the arts and support arts participation. Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government.