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Amid Bevin's Reorganization, Union Attorney & Artist Named to Arts Council

The director of the Kentucky Arts Council is gone and Governor Matt Bevin has reorganized the board with 11 new members - including an attorney from Union.

In a news release, Bevin said that the reorganization reflects "the growing importance of the Kentucky Arts Council in commerce, tourism, and the entertainment industry."

The reorganization of the Kentucky Arts Council reduces the size of the board from 16 to 15 members, with at least one member representing each of the following areas: education, economic development, and workforce development. It also requires the appointment of members with who have the ability and experience to provide broad management and direction in the operation of the Council, while representing the diverse interests of the arts community.

“The reorganized Council strikes the appropriate balance of expertise in the arts and entrepreneurship,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage. “The new arts council will focus on ensuring that Kentucky artisans have the skills and knowledge to develop and successfully sell their products.”

Executive director Lori Meadows resigned, or was forced out, according to stories in the Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader.

Lindsey Jaeger, an attorney and artist from Union, was appointed and will serve until November, 2018. She is the only member from Northern Kentucky. According to her LinkedIn profile, Jaeger specializes in intellectual property law and wildlife art. She previously served as the director of communications at Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments 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 arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.

This reorganization will not result in any increased expenditures to Kentucky state government, the news release said.

-Staff report