is published bi-monthly by the Kentucky Arts Council. Please send comments,
questions and information to The Blue Moon, Kentucky Arts Council, Old
Capitol Annex, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601-1980 or call 502/564-3757V/TDD
Toll Free: 1-888-833-2787
2004 - 2005 Kentucky Performing Arts Directory
A panel of in- and out-of-state arts professionals recently selected
members of the 2004 - 2005 Kentucky Performing Arts Directory. Congratulations
to the following members.
|American Spiritual Ensemble
Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company
Arthur Hatfield and Buck Creek
Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
Cari Norris and Jim McGee
Dale Ann Bradley & Coon Creek
Gospelway Bluegrass Singers
Holland & Corn
Homer Ledford and the Cabin Creek Band
Jay Flippin / Gordon Towell Jazz Duo
John S. Moore
Juggernaut Jug Band
Juneteenth Legacy Theatre
Kentuckiana African American Arts Series
Kentucky Ballet Theatre
Kentucky Wild Horse
Lexington Children's Theatre
Lexington Jazz Project
Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra
|Lexington Vintage Dance Society
Louisville Bach Society
No Tools Loaned
Osland Saxophone Quartet
Pale, Stout and Amber
Rabbit Hash String Band
Reynolds Family Band
River City Drum Corp
Saxton's Cornet Band
Sexton and Slone
Tenth Street Blues Revue
Troubadours of Divine Bliss
Uncle Mike Carr
The next deadline for artists to apply for inclusion in the Performing
Art Directory will be March 1, 2004. Please contact Heather
Lyons, Individual Artist Program Director, for more information.
Kentucky On Stage!
October 7 & 8, 2003
Downtown Art Center
The 2003 Kentucky On Stage / Setting the Stage event will include an
exciting two days of workshops, performance showcases, and great opportunities
for networking, booking and increasing your own knowledge about opportunities
for performers and presenters. On October 7 and 8, 2003, Lexington's Downtown
Art Center will be full of activity for all types of performing artists
and for presenters involved with performing arts facilities, festivals,
schools, libraries, city and community events, among other types of venues.
Kentucky On Stage will include three showcases in two venues and will
provide a wonderful opportunity to sample more than 40 performances by
the excellent traditional and contemporary performers selected for inclusion
in the 2004-2005 Kentucky Performing Arts Directory. An afternoon showcase
will take place each day at the Downtown Art Center theatre and on Tuesday,
October 7, 7 - 9 PM, a special Kentucky On Stage Coffeehouse, will take
place at Lexington's beautiful Phoenix Ballroom. Each showcase will feature
a range of musical genres, dance, theatre and storytelling. We know you
will enjoy seeing all of the fine performers who are new to the Kentucky
Performing Arts Directory as well as the wonderful performers who are
continuing with the Directory again. A full list of performers selected
for Kentucky's Performing Arts Directory is included in this issue of
the Blue Moon.
Kentucky On Stage also includes Setting the Stage, the workshop component
of the event. For Setting the Stage, we are very pleased to welcome special
guest, Jeri Goldstein, President of The New Music Times, an artist management
and publishing company. Over the two days, Goldstein will present marketing
workshops for presenters and for performing artists and will provide her
acclaimed joint session for artists and presenters in The Art of Negotiation.
Goldstein has managed the careers of some of the top touring acoustic
artists on the circuit including Robin & Linda Williams and Garrison
Keillor & The Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Goldstein has also booked national
and international tours for artists performing in country, folk, gospel,
bluegrass, contemporary, classical and children's music as well as for
theater and dance.
Other great workshops will be offered on topics such as Presenting Artists
in Alternative Spaces, Showcasing for Performing Artists and information
on state and regional funding sources for presenters and artists.
Complete schedules and registration forms for Kentucky On Stage / Setting
the Stage are available on the KAC Web site or call the KAC at (888) 833-2787
to request one. We look forward to seeing you this year at Kentucky On
Kentucky Arts Council begins Mid-Point Assessment for
Beginning in FY 2004, the Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) is implementing
a mid-point assessment process for some grant programs. Initiated to help
ensure that projects and programs successfully meet goals, including positive
long-term impact on all participants, mid-point assessments will help
grantees reflect on progress toward objectives.
Each grant, award and adjudication program includes purpose and goal
statements that outline what the Kentucky Arts Council wishes to achieve
in partnership with applicants selected to participate in that program.
Performance expectations address how applicants will work to meet the
purpose and goals of specific programs. Performance expectations, though
different for each program, call for a description of strategies for addressing
issues, such as planning and implementation, documentation and assessment,
diversity and access, and artistic excellence.
Mid-term assessments will assist grantees in reflecting on the progress
and continuation of their work based on the performance expectations,
and provide the KAC with feedback concerning the milestones and the ways
in which we may continue to support work in the field. Rather than serving
as verification that the work proposed in the application is being completed,
the mid-term assessment is designed to demonstrate the ways in which the
applicant is being responsive to what is happening in the specific project,
- Accomplishment of goals
- Development of strategies
- Problems encountered
- Ways in which the original plans are being adjusted to better meet
Mid-point assessments will ask for responses to a series of questions
based on the original performance expectations addressed in the application.
Narratives should be approximately two pages in length. Applicants will
be informed of the date their mid-point assessment is due, and the completed
responses may be E-mailed or sent by regular mail by the deadline to the
appropriate KAC staff for that program. The Kentucky Arts Council will
respond to mid-point assessments regarding assistance it might provide
for reaching the goals of the project.
Assessment methods should be developed along with the plans for the
project or program, and should be used throughout implementation and follow-up.
Many KAC applications ask for a description of the process and tools to
be used to gather ongoing data about the project, and careful, thoughtful
responses to these performance expectations will help outline the entire
assessment process. A sample set of mid-point assessment questions might
1. Project Goals and Plan
- Discuss your ongoing collaborative planning process
- How have your goals for the project evolved over time? Why?
- How have your anticipated partnerships and collaborations developed?
- Describe the process you eventually used to identify your target groups
- What are the ways in which your work is making an impact on the participation
of your target group?
- How have your participation strategies evolved over time? Why?
3. Assessment and Feedback
- What evidence are you gathering about your work and how is it impacting
what you are deciding to do? Are you using it to guide your next steps?
4. Artistic Quality
- What are the ways in which you have seen participants grow artistically?
What do you think caused this growth?
Detailed information about specific performance measurement methods
that may be used to assess programs will be included in the next issue
of the Blue Moon.
Guide to Programs Now Available
may have it in your hands already and don't realize it! Among the many
changes at the Kentucky Arts Council, the traditional book that gave detailed
information about grant programs has taken on a leaner and cleaner look
and purpose. Mailed out in late August to over 12,000 constituents, Creating
Cultural Vitality in Kentucky is a six page, user-friendly reference
guide with very short descriptions of each award, grant, adjudicated program,
event and service available through the Arts Council.
The old format of the Guide to Programs became duplicative of the online
and Instructions that currently accompany each application or nomination
form. "We wanted this to be more of a marketing tool for the Arts Council,"
says Public Information Officer Ed Lawrence. "While it is still useful
to artists and arts organizations who already work with us, we hope this
new format will also be enticing to those that may not be aware that the
Arts Council has something for them." Creating Cultural Vitality in
Kentucky is indexed by colorful icons that lead the reader to what's
available for community organizations as well as arts organizations. Other
targeted groups for increasing participation in the arts include businesses;
the education community, including teachers, administrators and involved
parents; fair and festival organizers; local government entities and libraries.
Call toll free, 1-888-833-2787, or e-mail
the Arts Council for additional copies.
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