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Governor Proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month


In celebration of the important role Kentucky's artistic traditions and cultural heritage play in the state, Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed October National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) in Kentucky, the Kentucky Arts Council announced today.

The monthlong celebration recognizes the influence arts and culture have in the state's past, present and future.

"The arts play a major role in telling Kentucky's unique cultural story from our earliest days," said Gov. Beshear. "National Arts and Humanities Month recognizes the Commonwealth's rich and vibrant artistic legacy."

Lori Meadows, executive director of the arts council, said Kentuckians have ample opportunity to celebrate arts and culture.

"Art and artists can be found in every Kentucky city and county," said Meadows. "Attend local arts events or exhibits. Visit a festival; go to a concert. Read a book by a Kentucky author. Listen to music by a Kentucky musician. Use this month to discover art in your community and celebrate your own creativity."

The arts council has several events planned that coincide with NAHM, including:

  • American Craft Week Oct. 5-14 — join Kentucky Crafted Retailers in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky in celebrating American Craft Week with special activities, demonstrations, open houses and promotions.
  • Governor's Awards in the Arts, Oct. 9, Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort; the public is invited to attend the ceremony presenting the state's highest awards in the arts.
  • Business, marketing and performance workshops for artists. Events made possible in part by a grant addressing careers for artists with disabilities from the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA.

The creative industries mean big business in Kentucky. The state has more than 8,000 arts-related businesses and entrepreneurs that employ more than 27,000 people.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, performing arts, museums and related activities contribute $427 million of Kentucky's annual gross state product.

"The arts impact our lives in many ways," said Meadows. "They stimulate economic growth, create jobs and build a better workforce. The arts bring beauty into our lives and illustrate the history of our humanity. What's not to celebrate?"

National Arts and Humanities Month, coordinated by Americans for the Arts, encourages Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

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.

The National Arts and Disability Center is a program of the Tarjan Center at UCLA, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.