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Energetic, bright, young and dynamic, Amber Luallen comes to the Arts Council extremely experienced in both community arts programming and education, and looking for time to pursue her personal artistic goals as a painter. Amber was most recently the Cultural Arts Director for the City of Lexington, which involved planning of arts programming such as Ballet Under the Stars, Keeneland Arts Festival and the Lexington Blues Festival. She was also the administrator of the city-sponsored after-school and summer arts education programs in arts community centers in Fayette County. This central Kentucky native and graduate of Asbury College started her career as a K-6 art teacher in Ashland and worked for the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission for a number of years. Finding time to paint is another story.
It doesn't look as if that is likely in the future either, although she continues to hold on to the dream. As Community Arts Program Director, Amber will be working with the new Arts Build Communities Program and the revised Performing Arts on Tour Program that incorporates the Tour of Kentucky Folk Music. The position calls on her to direct the Community Arts Development Program, manage the Circuit Rider Program and act as the lead liaison with the Arts Council's Diversity Committee. She will also be researching foundations to find more support for community-based arts programming for Kentucky.
So what was her attraction to this position? "I've always been a big fan of the Arts Council and I enjoy working in public service," says Amber. "This is just a chance for me to expand on the work that I've done at a local level and to have a statewide impact. I look forward to it, and maybe I'll be able to set aside some time at home to paint."
August Meetings Bring Arts Council to Communities Across the Commonwealth
As the new funding cycle begins for grants and services, Arts Council staff will travel to six different locations to have informal face-to-face conversations with artists, educators and representatives from organizations providing arts programming.
By convening at the local level, the Arts Council hopes to build stronger relationships for effective delivery of the arts and to offer people working in different disciplines and organizations a forum to network within their own communities. The meetings are also a great time for people to learn about the new Kentucky Arts Council applications and guidelines for grant programs and other services available through the Arts Council and partnering agencies. These meetings will also inform constituents of START initiative progress in building participation in the arts and will introduce citizens to the newly launched long range plan, Creating a Vision for the Arts in Kentucky.
All meetings are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) and light refreshments will be provided. All meetings are free, open to the public and fully accessible.
MURRAY -- Monday, August 11, 2003
BOWLING GREEN -- Tuesday, August 12, 2003
LOUISVILLE -- Thursday, August 14, 2003
PRESTONSBURG -- Monday, August18, 2003
COVINGTON -- Tuesday, August 19, 2003
LEXINGTON -- Thursday, August 21, 2003
Program Deadlines Announcement
Considering that the Arts Council has added a number of programs and folded aspects of other programs into existing or new programs, a new schedule of deadline dates has been established for the upcoming year, beginning July 1, 2003. This schedule will stay posted on the Web for easy reference under HOT DATES. Dates will also be included in program guidelines, instructions and applications. "Intent to Apply" forms are generally due one month prior to the application deadline. Be sure to check the Guidelines for each specific program to see if there is an "Intent to Apply" requirement. Applications with deadlines falling on Saturdays, Sundays or federal or state holidays will be accepted if they are postmarked or delivered by 4:30 p.m. on the next business day.
The Kentucky Arts Council's fifth annual Kentucky On Stage! event will be held October 7 and 8, 2003 at the Downtown Art Center in Lexington. Kentucky On Stage! provides opportunities for representatives from performing arts centers, schools, libraries, festivals, city governments, and all others interested in booking performing artists to see performances by dozens of fantastic Kentucky performers, to network with other presenters, participate in workshops, and meet and book artists for upcoming and future seasons and events.
Kentucky On Stage! features excellent traditional and contemporary performers who have been selected by out-of-state performing arts professionals for inclusion in the Kentucky Arts Council's Performing Arts Directory. This year's line-up will include performances by more than 30 artists and ensembles and will feature bluegrass, folk, pop, classical and gospel music, dance, theatre, storytelling, and much, much more!
Artists included in the Performing Arts on Tour Directory will also be exhibiting at the Downtown Art Center. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity to meet Kentucky's finest performers, discuss booking possibilities, and learn about the Kentucky Arts Council's Arts on Tour Grants which can help you bring these artists to your community.
Details for the complete schedule for Kentucky On Stage! will be available soon but make sure to mark your calendars now for Oct. 7 and 8. You don't want to miss it! For more information, contact Individual Artist Program Director Heather Lyons.
Presenters Are Encouraged to Participate in the Performing Arts Exchange
The Southern Arts Federation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation are again partnering to produce the 2003 Performing Arts Exchange (PAE). The event will be held September 17 - 20, 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina. PAE is a booking conference and performing arts showcase that provides great opportunities for professional development for artists and administrators and opportunities for artists to perform for arts presenters from throughout the southern and eastern United States. PAE exists to serve the entire East Coast, a region of 22 states plus the District of Columbia.
As the Southern Arts Federation puts it, there are lots of great reasons for presenters to participate in PAE:
Networking - with other arts presenters and artist management representatives. Share details about your venue and budget with managers. There is an opportunity to save on equipment rental costs and artist fees by establishing relationships with artist managers. Through networking with managers you can let them know what you can afford (technically and artist fees). If they have an open slot in their tour or an odd night, then you may have the opportunity to save on artist fees.
Block Booking - Everyone wins with block booking. Share your wish list with other presenters in your state and region and make it a reality by block booking artists. Managers and artists love to work with presenters who block book because managers can share travel and production costs.
Professional Development - Pre-conference and conference workshops are available on a variety of different topics such as negotiating artist contracts, board development, fundraising and block booking. By expanding your professional expertise, you can enhance the services you provide your organization.
Artist Showcases - Seeing a live performance is one of the most effective ways to inform your decision to book an artist. With this in mind, PAE offers a broad spectrum of showcases for you throughout the conference. A panel of presenters, artists and managers review applications from artists across the country and select only those of the highest artistic excellence to have the honor of performing for you at PAE. Whether it is on the Main Stage, at a Residency Showcase, or with the convenient Video Showcase, these are exciting and excellent opportunities to see a wide range of incredible talent available for booking in your venue.
Complete conference and registration information for the Performing Arts Exchange can be found on the Southern Arts Federation Web site.
We hope to see you there!