The Blue Moon
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  VOL. 12  NO. 2

March/April 2005

In This Issue
bullet Sena Jeter Naslund Appointed Poet Laureate
bullet On the National Front
bullet Arts Council News
 
bullet Craft Marketing News
bullet Focus on Folklife
bullet Kentucky Arts News
bullet Resources and Reports
bullet Hot Dates
 

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Craft Marketing News

Associate professor Joe Rey Barreau hands out Designer Showcase information to Brent Eastwood and Mark Hasik of Osram Sylvania Inc. Associate professor Joe Rey Barreau hands out Designer Showcase information to Brent Eastwood and Mark Hasik of Osram Sylvania Inc.

New For Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2005, Designer Showcase: A Three-way Collaboration

What do you get when you combine high quality handmade art and craft from an award-winning, nationally known program with one of the world's leading lighting manufacturers and a group of highly talented students from a nationally accredited college of design program?

You get The Designer Showcase, a model collaboration project between Osram Sylvania Inc., the University of Kentucky School of Interior Design, and juried members of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.

  Jessica McNeal, Anne Lewis, and Jessica Mountjoy
 

L to R: Jessica McNeal, Anne Lewis, and Jessica Mountjoy - Design students working on the creation of the Designer Showcase mock home interior.

This three-way partnership is being directed by the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, a division of the Kentucky Arts Council. "Live everyday surrounded by Kentucky's best" is the theme of the Designer Showcase which will consist of a mock house setting to illustrate Kentucky's impressive cache of art, craft and other products used in every day furnishings. The showcase will be featured at Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2005, March 5-6 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.

On January 11, 2005 the University of Kentucky School of Interior Design, associate professor Joe Rey Barreau, and staff members Sarah McNabb and Jerry Rithgib approached the first steps of design by dividing eight students into two groups to brainstorm ideas for designing a mock home using selected pieces of art and craft furnished by juried members of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. Kentucky Craft Marketing Program director Fran Redmon, product development coordinator Nancy Atcher, and special projects coordinator Vallorie Henderson were included in the two groups. Joining the groups were Osram Sylvania Inc. representatives Brent Eastwood (Winchester product manager) and Bill Payne (Winchester planning manager), giving pointers and advice on what lighting and lighting structures would be suitable and how it could be intergrated into the room vignettes within the mock home. Osram Sylvania Kentucky Plants Inc. is the Market's Silver Sponsor this year.

Images of the artwork to be used in the showcase were projected on a screen for design students Jessica Mounting, Anne Lewis, Jessica McNeal, Amy Otterpohl, Amber Lee, Kearra Walker, Katherine Stewart, and Lindsey Gunther to utilize in their design concepts.

"This is a perfect example of how state programs are interacting with private businesses and higher education. The students get a chance to work one on one with highly skilled experts already in professional manufacturing fields. The students are also introduced to new art and craft works that could possibly be used in future projects. The manufacturers have a chance to present product lines and technical support to college programs, and visitors viewing the Designer Showcase will have the opportunity to discover how art and lighting can enhance areas in their homes," said Nancy Atcher, Development Coordinator for the Craft Marketing Program.

Visitors can view the Designer Showcase and over 300 exhibitors of fine traditional, folk and contemporary crafts, two-dimensional visual art, musical recordings, books and food products plus Kentucky cultural entertainment and children's craft activities at Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2005. Market hours are Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday March 6, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (EST). Admission is $8.00 adults, children 15 and under admitted are free. Parking is $5.00.

For more information, call 888 KY CRAFT (592-7238) ext. 4801 or visit the program's Web site at www.kycraft.ky.gov.

Kentucky to Host 2005 CODA Conference

CODA logoKentucky will host the 2005 national conference of the Craft Organization Development Association (CODA), "Building Communities:Partnerships in Craft" on June 2-5. The conference will be based in Berea, the "Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky," and Hindman. Conference activities will be held on the campus of Berea College, at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and in Hindman at the Knott County Branch of the Hazard Community and Technical College and the recently opened Kentucky School of Craft.

Friday's conference highlights include an opening keynote address by Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. Three concurrent panel sessions will follow focused on the themes of tourism, community development, and the business of art. These sessions will showcase several recent Kentucky craft initiatives as case studies and learning tools for issues affecting a wide range of craft organizations and other groups that support artists. The cities of Louisville, Paducah, and Berea and projects such as Glassworks, the Paducah Artists Relocation Program, and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea serve as good examples to generate discussion about partnerships in craft that build communities. Organizations will learn about national tourism trends and current issues in the business of art that affect their programming for artists. Panelists will bring to life the impact on tourism of such projects as the Kentucky Artisan Heritage Trails and the use of a Community Scholars program to enhance local festivals on local traditions and culture.

  Robert Lynch
 

Robert Lynch Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts

On Saturday, conference attendees will travel by bus to the community of Hindman, in Knott County. Knott County, through its Community Development Initiative, has identified an artisan based economy as a mechanism for local growth. Presentations and site visits will be made to the Kentucky School of Craft and the Kentucky Applachian Artisan Center. Phil Psilos, Director of Economic Development Programs, Regional Technology Strategies in Carrboro, North Carolina, will present a luncheon address on creative economies from a global perspective

A forum on innovative trends in craft education will include panelists Steve Loar; Director of the Center for Turning and Furniture Design, Indiana University (Indiana, Pennsylvania); Gary Clontz, Haywood Community College; and Paula Owens, Director of the Southwest School of Art and Craft.

Conference attendees will also participate in peer group discussions, the ever popular three-minutes of fame, and the annual CODA membership meeting. Opportunities for shopping will be available in each location, and meals will be provided at the Artisan Center Cafe, the renowned Boone Tavern, and locally catered fare in other locations. Regional talent and entertainment will be presented along with gallery and studio tours, and various social activities associated with the event. Conference attendees traveling early are encouraged to visit the many and various craft and art attractions located in Louisiville and Berea, and throughout the region.

The state of Kentucky brings unique qualifications as the 2005 CODA Conference host. Kentucky's public and private craft programming is recognized and modeled nationally, including several new projects implemented in the past few years. These efforts have resulted from a strong cooperative network and partnerships that have built on past successes to promote collaboration in the development of new programming. Kentucky has also shown a long-term leadership commitment to CODA and its work to develop craft organizations.

"Since its inception as an association, CODA has positioned itself to become a dynamic force in moving forward those issues most directly affecting the arts professional. CODA is devoted to the development of the professional and to aid the service they provide their constituents, primarily the craftsperson. We believe you will find these same character traits in Kentucky's art network and the 2005 conference. New projects in Kentucky have successfully influenced the status of the craftsperson and the work they produce," says Tim Glotzbach, CODA chair.

Fran Redmon, director of the Craft Marketing Program, a division of the Kentucky Arts Council in the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet serves as conference chair. Tim Glotzbach, dean and founding director of the Kentucky School of Craft, and Victoria Faoro, executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea are the conference co-chairs. The conference is being supported by Berea College, The Hazard Community and Technical College, and the cities of Hindman and Berea. Special assistance is being provided by the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the Berea Arts Council. Sponsors include the Applachian Regional Commission, Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, Brown-Forman Corporation, the City of Berea, and Berea College. As a result of funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a number of conference scholarships are available for residents of ARC distressed counties. Residents of the non-distressed counties may receive a partial scholarship of $50. For information on the ARC counties served, visit www.arc.gov. A small number of scholarships for non-ARC counties are also available.

A variety of reasonably priced lodging options include the quaint and historic Boone Tavern ($67.50 - $87.50 per night), newly built economical hotels ($55 per night), and Berea College dorm rooms ($17 shared, $34 private). Berea is located off Interstate 75 at exit 76.

CODA members receive discounted registration fees. Early bird registration discounts end May 2, 2005. For membership information or to request a conference brochure, contact Linda Van Trump, CODA managing director, P.O. Box 51, Onia, AR, 72663, 870-746-4396, Lvt.coda@mvtel.net. Conference information and on-line registration is available at www.codacraft.org.

The Craft Organization Development Association is a non-profit organization that serves organizations with education and professional development to foster public appreciation and understanding of craft. In 2000, CODA conducted the first-ever national economic impact study on the craft industry indicating that crafts contribute $14 billion annually to the nation's economy.

Craft Marketing Program and Other Kentucky Agencies Exhibited at the Cincinnati Sports & Travel Show

The Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, and the Kentucky Department of Tourism, all agencies in the Commerce Cabinet, worked cooperatively to feature a booth during the Cincinnati Sports & Travel Show, held January 14 - 23, 2005. Other Kentucky sponsors included the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Owensboro Museum of Art, the Janice Mason Museum, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, and The Kentucky Horse Park.

In an effort to promote state attractions and Kentucky products, live demonstrations and travel- related literature and brochures were distributed to thousands of visitors at the show. Artisans demonstrating for show sponsors were: Judy Geagley, Tollesboro; Robin and Mary Reed, Irvine; Chris Robbins, Brodhead; Mattie Jones, Owensboro; and Ken Roberts, Cadiz. Many thanks to the various sponsors and artist demonstrators that helped promote the many arts attractions available to tourists in Kentucky.

In 2005, look for Kentucky to be highlighted at some of the nation's largest travel shows. Some of Kentucky's finest artisans, musicians, authors, and food producers will be demonstrating and selling their products to show attendees.

"This exposure plays a significant role in attracting potential visitors to our state and it's essential that we take every opportunity available to market Kentucky," said Commissioner of Tourism, Randy Fiveash. "These shows allow us to build and grow partnerships with other professionals in the travel industry and they play an important role in increasing revenue and creating jobs in Kentucky."

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