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A Marshall County woman has received the Governor’s Award in the Arts. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin in a ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday awarded Valera Brooks of Benton with the award, the Commonwealth’s highest artistic honor, for her work in community arts.


A Kentucky writer has been appointed Kentucky poet laureate.

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The Kentucky Arts Council has a new executive director. 

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The Kentucky Arts Council is seeking artwork from military veterans, their spouses and their children for a special exhibit that will go on display later this year.

   Selected as a 2016 Featured Artist by the Kentucky Arts Council, Wyatt Severs describes his award-winning woodworking as "a collaboration between the trees, modern tools, and [himself]." Severs visits Sounds Good to discuss his art and his upcoming appearance on Kentucky Educational Television's program, Kentucky Life

    Constance Alexander is a prolific poet, author, and businesswoman. In March/April of 2017, she was the featured artist of the Kentucky Arts Council. In honor of National Poetry Month, she visits Sounds Good to recite poetry minutes and discuss upcoming NPM events.

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded a total of $1.2 million dollars to 95 arts organizations throughout the Commonwealth for the 2018 fiscal year.

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The Kentucky Arts Council has named Lydia Bailey Brown to serve as its new Executive Director.

Some state cultural leaders are concerned that a Kentucky arts agency restructured by Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday will prioritize commercial over creative value in the arts, diminishing their overall impact in the commonwealth.

The Kentucky Arts Council is designed to generate value for, participation in and benefit from the arts. Funding for the agency — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year — is provided by the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Governor Matt Bevin has issued an executive order reorganizing the Kentucky Arts Council. Bevin has appointed 11 new members and reduced the size from 16 to 15.