The Kentucky Arts Council will host Pre-Jury Workshops for the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and the Visual Arts at the Market Program at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea on Wednesday, October 27, 2004, and on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
These joint sessions are for Kentucky craftspeople and 2D artists that are interested in pursuing wholesale and retail sales of their work, as well as product development derived from their original work. Staff from both programs will be on hand to discuss the qualifications and jury processes.
The workshops are free to all interested artists and craftspeople, although registration is required. Artists and craftspeople interested in applying to either program may bring samples of their work for review and discussion. To register for the October 27th session, go to <http://www.kycraft.ky.gov/craftspeople/prejuryregistration.html>
Additional workshops are scheduled for February 9, 2005 at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, and April 6, 2005 at the Museum of the American Quilters Society in Paducah. Online registration for these workshops will open in January and March, 2005.
For more information, contact Charla Reed at the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, toll free, 888-592-7238, extension 4815 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
The Kentucky Craft Marketing Program is a division of the Kentucky Arts Council, Commerce Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information, call 888 KY CRAFT (592-7238) ext. 4801; or visit the Program's 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.