The Blue Moon
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  VOL. 12  NO. 6

November/December 2005
In This Issue
bullet The Arts and Hurricane Relief Efforts
bullet On the National Front
bullet Arts Council News
bullet Around Kentucky
bullet Craft Marketing News
bullet Focus on Folklife
bullet Arts in Education
bullet Resources and Reports
bullet Quotable Quote
bullet Hot Dates

Kentucky: Unbridaled Spirit, The Kentucky Arts Council

The Blue Moon is published bi-monthly by the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. Please send comments, questions and information to the Blue Moon, Kentucky Arts Council, 500 Mero Street, 21st Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601-1987 or call 502-564-3757, toll free 1-888-833-2787.

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Fellowship Applicants' Work Open for Public Screening

This year, 150 visual and media artists have applied for the coveted Kentucky Arts Council's Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Awards of $7,500, which also brings added recognition and promotional opportunities. Only about 20 will receive the highly competitive award. Before the panel reviews the work, the public will have the opportunity to view slides of each of the 143 visual arts applicants beginning at 2:00 p.m., November 28, 2005 at the Lexington Public Library, 140 East Main Street, Lexington, Ky. After the screening, a brief reception will be held as an opportunity to meet the Kentucky artist applicants.

The purpose of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Program is to support Kentucky artists engaged in creating artwork of high quality and to recognize creative excellence in practicing, professional Kentucky artists. Applications are accepted annually, on a rotating basis by discipline. The Fellowship Awards are named after Kentucky journalist and past Arts Council Board chair Al Smith.

The Fellowship program utilizes a "blind jurying" process by which the selection panel is not provided with applicants' names; the panel reviews the work samples and applications according to application numbers only. Criteria for the awards include artistic excellence, professional achievement and the potential of the fellowship to enhance the artist's development and encourage the continuation of the artist's work.

For more information about the public screening or the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Program, contact Artist and Community Arts Program Director Amber Luallen at 888-833-2787 or

Kentucky on Stage -- A Preview of Possibilities for Kentucky Stages

Acoustic, contemporary, Appalachian, classical, blues, old time, bluegrass, Celtic and choral are the sounds of music at the Kentucky Arts Council's seventh annual Kentucky on Stage. Add to that a 12-minute performance by the Lexington Children's Theatre and you have the makings of a wonderful sampler of the Kentucky Performing Arts Directory artists, groups and ensembles. The showcase on November 2, 2005 at the Lexington Children's Theatre featured John Gage, Ceol Cridhe, Pale Stout & Amber, No Tools Loaned, Roger Cooper, Raison D' Etre, Kentucky Wild Horse, Juggernaut Jug Band, Greg Schaber, Tim Lake, Lexington Children's Theatre, Andrew Leonard, Daniel & Amy Carwile, Derby City Chorus, Kentucky Reign, Butch Rice, and Willie Eames.

Kentucky On Stage is open to performing arts presenters including college and university student activity boards, corporate event planners, festival organizers, local arts councils, local and state government agencies, library directors, night club and coffeehouse booking agents, Main Street and Renaissance program directors, local, state and national park site activities directors as well as performing arts theatres and centers. It is an opportunity to review the offerings of Kentucky performing artists as well as make contacts for booking. Presenters can also take advantage of the Performing Arts on Tour grant, which subsidizes bookings of performers listed in the Performing Arts Directory. An Intent to Apply is required by November 15, 2005 and the Guidelines and Instructions can be found at

Artists interested in showcasing in next year's Kentucky on Stage must be accepted into the Kentucky Performing Arts Directory. Application deadline is March 1, 2006. This year's directory features 72 performing artists, groups or ensembles in dance, music, storytelling and theatre that have been selected by a panel of Kentucky and out-of-state performing arts professionals on the basis of artistic excellence, performance experience and marketing capacity.

For more information about Kentucky on Stage or the Kentucky Performing Arts Directory, contact Amber Luallen, Individual Artist and Community Arts Program Director at 888-833-2787 or

Kentucky Arts Council Implements New Technology Initiative

As the result of Challenge America funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) is implementing a Technology Initiative in collaboration with the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), an organization with a long-standing track record of successful technology and economic development projects, many dealing with artists.

This initiative is multi-faceted and focuses on providing arts organizations and artists with organizational and business development services related to the use and application of technology. It will promote the use of technologies through training that enhances an understanding of the role, benefit, and application of technology in the operation of small artist businesses or management of art organizations. It will further assist applicants to the Kentucky Arts Council in the future with electronic grant application submissions and will better enable them to access information and resources currently available from the KAC.

Arts organizations and artists of all disciplines will be eligible to apply, with preference given to individuals operating a small business. Eligible arts organizations will include guilds, cooperatives, and associations. Criteria is presently being developed.

Watch for details and information that you'll be receiving as the project develops.

Health Insurance Available to Kentucky Artists and Arts Workers

A new option for health, long-term care, life and other insurance products is now being made available through Kentucky Association of Museums membership. Artists, arts workers and arts organizations now have the opportunity to become members of the Kentucky Association of Museums at $10 for individuals and $15 for basic institutional membership. Once a member, there are a number of benefits including professional development, a diverse network of colleagues and the opportunity to participate in Association Health Programs insurance programs.

To request a membership application, contact Sara Harger, Kentucky Association of Museums, Liberty Hall Historic Site, 218 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort, KY at 502-227-2560 or

Upon receipt of your membership, you can then submit the Kentucky Association of Museums Association Health Programs Proposal Request or speak directly with one of the Association Health Programs licensed agents. Health insurance is available for individuals and family members, groups (full/part-time employees), student plans, short-term coverage, Medicare supplements and international travel. Long-term care is available for home, assisted living, and nursing home care. Life insurance offerings are for term, universal and survivorships. Insurance options are also available for disability income, critical illness, accident policies, dental, vision, and health savings accounts. Members can save up to 30% on insurance premiums. Rates and availability may vary by state.

Visual Arts at the Market Accepts Seven New Artists

Seven new artists have been accepted into the Kentucky Arts Council's adjudicated program Visual Arts at the Market, which assists painters, printmakers, photographers and other artists working in two-dimensional art forms in increasing their wholesale and retail market reach. Linda Fugate-Blumer, Ellen Guyer, Trent Altman, Dionisio Ceballos, Robert T. Jackson, Larry Wright and Mary Hagy join 49 other Kentucky artists whose work has been accepted on the basis of artistic excellence, quality of product and market readiness.

The primary benefit of being accepted in the Visual Arts at the Market program is eligibility to participate in Kentucky Crafted: The Market, a multi-million dollar, state-sponsored wholesale and retail market held annually in March at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville and produced by the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. The Arts Council also provides professional development to artists through marketing workshops, product development consultations and promotional opportunities. Visual Arts at the Market artists are eligible for inclusion in the Arts Council's virtual gallery exhibition, which is annually updated before The Market.

For more information about Visual Arts at the Market or individual artists programs of the Arts Council, contact Artist and Community Arts Program Director Amber Luallen at 888-833-2787 or The complete list of artists accepted into the Viual Arts at the Market follows:

Trent Altman

Pat Banks

Boo Bertoli
Painted Portraits

Patricia Brock

Sandra Burnett
Painting on tobacco leaf

Carol Bean & Patti Raley
Therom painting

Geoff Carr

Dionisio Ceballos

Sandra Charles
African American batiks

Chistato Ejiri
Japanese calligraphy

Jan Fleck

Caroline Joy Fletcher

Bruce Frank

Linda Fugate-Blumer

Lu Fuller

Ellen Guyer
Color pencil & ink

Mary Hagy

Elsie Kay Harris

Tracy Hawkins

John Haywood

Rebecca Cathleen Hill

Emmy Houweling
New Castle

Kim Huber
Painted silk

Robert Jackson

Sylvia Jackson

Shirley Jeter

Jane Ward Kehrt

Rita Kent
Digital art

Christine Kuhn
Mixed media

Janice LeBrun

Twyla R. Martins-McLaughlin

Robert McCollum
Watercolor/ Pen and ink

Marianna McDonald
Painting / Pastels

Carl McKinley

Barbara Medford
Painting / Watercolor

Wadia Newman
Architectural Pen/Ink

Kathleen O'Brien

Cean Peevey-Rosenthal

C.J. Pressma
Photo collage

John Quinn

Fred Reaves

Carol Reesor

Patricia Ritter

Henrietta Scott

Theresa Shelton
Vine Grove

Carol Shutt

John Simpson

Dinah Smiley

John Snell

Barbara Stallard

Deb Stratford

Eugene Thomas

Steve White

Paula Wojasinsky
Painting - watercolor/mixed media

Larry Wright

Denise Yates

Fall 2005 Arts Council Grant Announcements

FY2006 Individual Artist Professional Development Grant

County Name Amount
BOURBON Sherry Chandler $385
CALLOWAY Eric Swisher $500
  Constance Davis Alexander $500
  Stephanie Rea $500
FAYETTE William Cook $500
  Tim Lake $500
FLOYD Leatha Kendrick $500
GARRARD Christina Lovin $500
JEFFERSON Brook White, Jr. $500
  Kathi E.B. Ellis $500
  Dionisio Ceballos $500
  Lorna Littleway $500
  Mary Yates $500
  Jennifer Walters $315
  Stephen Couch $500
MADISON Stacey Street $500
SHELBY Valerie Fuchs $500
WASHINGTON Deborah Denenfield $500
  Total  $8,700

FY2006 START Grants

County Organization Award
CHRISTIAN Pennyroyal Arts Council $4,000
CLARK Winchester Council for the Arts $4,000
FAYETTE Lexington Art League $4,000
  Lexington Philharmonic Soc Inc. $4,000
FLOYD Jenny Wiley Drama Assoc. Inc. 4,000   $4,000
JEFFERSON J.B. Speed Art Museum $4,000
  Squallis Puppeteers Inc $4,000
  Blue Apple Players $4,000
  Louisville Visual Art Association $4,000
  Portland Museum Inc $4,000
  Kentucky Shakespeare Festival $4,000
  Kentucky Opera Association $4,000
LETCHER Appalshop $4,000
MADISON Richmond Area Arts Council $4,000
MONTGOMERY Montgomery County Council/Arts $4,000
  Total  $60,000

FY2006 Organizational Technical Assistance Awards

County Organization Award
BOYD Paramount Arts Center $500
CHRISTIAN Pennyroyal Arts Council $500
CLARK Winchester Cncl. for the Arts $500
DAVIESS RiverPark Center, Inc. $500
FAYETTE Lexington Center Corp. $500
HENDERSON Henderson Area Arts Alliance $500
JEFFERSON The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts $500
MCCRACKEN Carson Four Rivers Center $500
MONTGOMERY Montgomery County Council for the Arts $500
PERRY Greater Hazard Area Arts Council $500
PULASKI Center for Rural Development $500
  Total  $60,000

Economic Impact Survey Near Completion

If you are an artist, craft artist, or part of an arts organization, the chances are pretty good that you have either completed a survey or have one in your pile of papers that needs to be completed. If you own a retail establishment that sells art, craft or art products, your survey will arrive any day. Fairs and festivals, libraries and local government agencies that provide arts experiences will also be recipients of surveys developed by the University of Kentucky Center for Business and Economic Research for the Kentucky Arts Council.

Now is the time to get them completed and returned! The initial data coming in are encouraging and we think this information will help us make a strong case for public support for the arts in the next legislative session. If you have not completed the survey yet, please take a few minutes to do so. The higher return we get will yield a higher degree of accuracy in the data.

The surveys are also available online for your convenience. If you did not receive a survey or know of someone that did not receive one and would like to participate, go to

Secretary Host Leaves Commerce Cabinet Post
Parks Commissioner George Ward Appointed as New Secretary

In early October, Jim Host announced that he would be departing as Commerce Cabinet Secretary due to personal and family health reasons. For the last two years, Host has served with distinction and those that have had the opportunity to work with him during his tenure have a deep appreciation for his work ethic and his contribution to the agencies in the Commerce Cabinet and indeed the people of Kentucky.

Among his many accomplishments, Host helped launch the "Unbridled Spirit" branding campaign, draft the first ever comprehensive energy strategy, improved capital investment into our state park system, led the committee that recommended the construction of a Louisville arena and increased minority hiring to record levels.

State Parks Commissioner George Ward has been appointed as the new Kentucky Commerce Cabinet Secretary, overseeing 16 state agencies including the Kentucky Arts Council. Ward has more than 25 years experience in the hotel management business and is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Under his leadership, the Department of Parks has made great progress in protecting the natural environment and historic significance of parks, ensuring total visitor satisfaction, developing staff professionalism and maintaining park buildings and recreational facilities, as well as reduce the department's $29 million annual operating deficit.

Judy Sizemore Wins 2005 Sallie Bingham Award


Judy Sizemore


Judy Sizemore

Each year, the Kentucky Foundation for Women recognizes outstanding achievement in feminist art for social change with the Sallie Bingham Award. The foundation has named Kentucky Arts Council Outreach Director and outstanding community artist from McKee, Ky., as the winner of the 2005 Sallie Bingham Award. Judy has received several grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and in each project she has demonstrated her commitment to feminism. She continually honors the gifts of women to their families, communities, cultures, and the world. Judy has been working with community arts and creative writing in Kentucky since 1988. She is one of Kentucky's top experts at using art to create and build community and received the 1998 Governor's Awards in the Arts for Arts in Education in 1988. Judy, a selfless, tireless crusader for positive social change, embraces art as the most powerful tool for creating a just and peaceful world.

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