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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Gwyn Henderson teaches rapt observers about flint knapping
At the Discovery Festival, held the first weekend of June at Renfro Valley, Gwyn Henderson teaches rapt observers about flint knapping and how prehistoric people made cordage for shoes, ropes, and textiles. The Kentucky Humanities Council and Kentucky Archeological Survey set up the booth with hands-on opportunities for children and also supplied the demonstrators for the three-day event.

Arts Kentucky Launches Cultural Heritage Festival Web site Communities Celebrating Communities

Anyone interested in folklife or involved in festivals should be aware of a new Website, presented by Arts Kentucky, which offers ideas and resources on incorporating cultural heritage themes into local festivals. Several state organizations, including the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Department of Travel/Cultural Heritage Tourism, have joined with Arts Kentucky to develop this program. A cultural heritage festival presents activities and events related to a community's sense of identity or something that makes the community unique. Heritage festivals often include at least one of the following: historical sites or reenactments; contemporary craftspeople and individual artists; and folklife or traditional culture shared within groups of people. The Web site gives information about assessing a community's assets and resources, understanding the potential participants and attendees, and identifying outcomes and benefits of such an event. Arts Kentucky also offers workshops about hosting a cultural heritage festival.

For more information, go to www.ky-festivals.org or www.artsky.org.

Sponsors of the Web site include the National Endowment for the Arts, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Arts Kentucky, Appalachian Heritage Highways, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, the Kentucky Folklife Program, and the Kentucky Department of Travel/Cultural Heritage Tourism.

Arts Kentucky Hosts Arts Advocacy Day

After the Governor's Awards in the Arts celebration on February 8, Arts Kentucky, a statewide organization of artists and arts groups whose mission is to provide resources and tools for people who are working to improve their communities through the arts, hosted Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Participants had the opportunity to talk with their legislators and attend related workshops on advocating for the arts.

In the tunnel that connects the State Capitol Building with the Capitol Annex, visitors were treated to a poster display of arts activities and events from Paintsville to Paducah and from Covington to Corbin. Arts Kentucky solicited the event and arts-related posters from individual artists, craftspeople, performers and arts and cultural organizations across the state. Legislators, as they walked between the buildings, could see the number and breadth of active arts organizations around the state and understand the importance of funding the Kentucky Arts Council and the many recipients of its grants and other areas of support.

For more information on Arts Kentucky, visit www.artsky.org or call 502-561-0701.

Hazard Community & Technical College Forming Professional Music Program

Hazard Community & Technical College is planning a Professional Music Program based in Hyden, Kentucky. The new program is National Advisory Council met for the first time from January 12 - 14. During that three-day retreat at the new Kentucky Community & Technical College System offices in Versailles, the National Advisory Council began developing a program that will be unlike any in the nation.

"This is the ideal location to offer such a music program," noted Dr. Jay K. Box, Hazard Community & Technical College president and CEO. "This region is so rich in the heritage of Appalachian music and bluegrass music. What better place to learn about traditional music than in the region where it is so much an integral part of life?" he said.

In addition to classes on vocals, banjo, guitar, and other traditional instruments, students will learn about contracts, working with agents, copyrights for songs, and other parts of the business side of music. Technological advances have a major impact on the music industry and students will be learning about those as well. "Computer programs are used to write music, arrange music, and record music," noted Deronda Mobelini, who is working with the planning of the new program. "Our classes will include instruction on using this latest technology."

The National Advisory Councilis next meeting is planned for May 18-20, so committee members can tour the campuses and talk with individuals in the community about the vision for the new initiative. The program is being modeled after the Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman. Finding the right person to serve as the founding dean, as Tim Glotzbach has done for the School of Craft, is a critical component, and a nation-wide search will be underway soon. A sub-group of the national advisory committee is currently working on identifying the qualifications needed for such a demanding job.

"We expect the program to draw students from the region as well as the rest of the nation and other countries," noted Professor Mobelini. "The advisory council has already pointed out that countries such as Germany and Japan have similarities to and an interest in the music of this region, so we believe our new program will be attractive to international students," she said.

Students completing the program will graduate with an associate degree in applied science, although some students may enroll in just a few classes to enhance their quality of life or to address continuing education needs. A curriculum committee consisting of national advisory council members and Hazard Community & Technical College faculty will develop a list of classes to be offered. The program is slated to begin in that fall of 2007. Before that time, the specific location of the Hyden program will be determined. "We are working on a location that will provide a space for musicians to play informally when they are out of the classroom," Dr. Box said. "We know that kind of immersion into playing and performing will enhance their learning experience. It will also make the Hyden area a very enjoyable place for the community to come out and be in the evenings," he said. More information will be available soon.

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