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Kentucky Unbridled Spirit

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the arts council by the Kentucky General Assembly.

The arts council hosts Arts Day each year during the legislative session to bring awareness to the many roles the arts play in the Commonwealth. Arts leaders, artists, the general public and other supporters of the arts gather to celebrate the arts and the creative industry, and recognize the Kentucky General Assembly for its continued support of the arts.

“This is an important opportunity to bring together all stakeholders in the arts at the same time to help celebrate our 50th anniversary as the state arts agency and to thank legislators for their support” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “It helps put a face on the people who, day in and day out, do the good work of promoting arts in their communities and regions. It helps secure Kentucky’s position as an innovator in support for the arts.”

For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the arts council awarded $1.2 million in Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grants to 91 arts organizations throughout the state. Representatives of those organizations have been invited to Frankfort for Arts Day to thank legislators for their continued support.

In addition to providing an avenue for Kentucky artists to meet their legislators, Arts Day will also feature demonstrations and performances from several artists.

For more information about Arts Day in Kentucky, visit the Arts Day Web page.

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. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.