A special exhibit of stringed instruments and the people who make them featured at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
The exhibit “Made to be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers” will be on display through Sept. 1, 2011, at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, 215 Sutton St. Maysville, Ky.
This special exhibit features the art and traditions of Kentuckians who are considered masters in the making and repairing of guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers and other original stringed instruments. “Made to be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers” was first exhibited in 2007 at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea and is the result of years of research and fieldwork by the Kentucky Folklife Program. Since then, it has been on tour throughout the Commonwealth, reaching more than 30 different sites including arts centers, history centers, libraries, museums, state parks, festivals, colleges and universities. The exhibit also has a companion website at http://1.usa.gov/kacLuthier.
The Kentucky Gateway Museum is open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 – 4 p.m. For more information about the museum, visit its website at http://www.kentuckygatewaymuseumcenter.org.
Made to be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers was originally funded through an American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Touring support is provided by the Kentucky Arts Council. For information about scheduling the exhibit for public display in your community, contact Mark Brown, folklife specialist, at email@example.com or 502-564-1792, ext. 4491.
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||Photo Caption: On hand to welcome the arrival of the luthier exhibit were members of the Maysville community and Kentucky Gateway Museum staff and volunteers: John Klee, Maysville Community College; James Shires, education curator; Cheryl Henry, volunteer; Dawn Browning, director; Sue Ellen Grannis, curator; and Christopher Browning, volunteer. |
Photo caption: One section of the exhibit Made to be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers installed at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.
The Kentucky Folklife Program identifies, documents, conserves and presents the Commonwealth's diverse cultural traditions through concerts, exhibits, narrative stages, archives, grant programs and classroom and community partnerships. It is an interagency program of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council supported with state tax dollars and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.