The Blue Moon
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  VOL. 10  NO. 5

September/October 2003

In This Issue
bullet Folklife Festival Returns
bullet On the National Front
bullet Arts Council News
bullet The Arts in Education
bullet Craft Marketing News
bullet Focus on Folklife
bullet Around Kentucky
bullet Resources and Reports
bullet START News Update
bullet Message From the Director
bullet Quotable Quote
bullet Hot Dates

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Youth-at-Risk training sessions for artists
Youth-at-Risk training sessions for artists.

Arts in Education

Arts Council Provides Training for Artists and Planning Time for Residencies at Kentucky Leadership Center Retreat

Photo: Randy Arnold

The Youth-at-Risk sessions were led by Randy Arnold, Program Manager for School-Based Services for Presbyterian Child Welfare agency at Buckhorn of Lincoln Trail.

Each year the Kentucky Arts Council sponsors a multi-purpose retreat that fosters a better understanding between artists, teachers and community sponsors. Lovingly coined as "Faubush," the Arts Council utilized this time and remote environment on July 23-27th to familiarize community artists, arts education roster artists, teachers and administrators and community arts sponsors with the changes that are occurring in KAC programming, train artists, and have community sponsors familiarize each other with the processes and theories behind the community residency work they are about to embark upon.

For artists that have qualified to be on the Arts Council's Roster of Artists, the first day and half are designated as training time along with a chance to network among artists from across the state. This year's intensive training sessions for artists followed two tracks Youth-at-Risk and Early Childhood Education.

The Youth-at-Risk sessions were led by Randy Arnold, Program Manager for School-Based Services for Presbyterian Child Welfare agency at Buckhorn of Lincoln Trail. Both theoretical and hands-on, Arnold was very effective in his presentation of "Life Space Crisis Intervention," helping artists understand the needs and power structures of youth-at-risk as well as the lens through which they view the world. Other topics included making accommodations for special students whether retarded, socially or emotionally disturbed, learning disabled or physically handicapped and considerations for safety in the art classroom.

Photo: Karen Chapman

Karen Chapman, Early Childhood Consultant with the Simpson County Regional Training Center devoted her sessions on the importance of the arts in the holistic development of young children

Karen Chapman, Early Childhood Consultant with the Simpson County Regional Training Center devoted her sessions on the importance of the arts in the holistic development of young children and gave ideas on how to develop activities specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers, taking into consideration their diverse learning styles. Chapman shared her insights and research on how the arts enhance language development, creativity, small motor control, and self concept. She also talked about ways to work with staff of childcare facilities and how to reach and involve parents, outlining the principles for adult learning. It was both inspiring and practical.

While Artist in Residence sponsor teachers and administrators attended a "Nuts and Bolts" session on the logistics and expectations of the Artist in Residence Program, roster artists received training on how to develop a standards-based unit of study and the standards for delivering professional development to teachers that will be useful and effective. The planning model and the standards were developed by the Kentucky Department of Education and David Thurman of the Oldham County Schools Instructional Support Team presented this material in a way that was both understandable and usable.

Meanwhile in the community arts track, John Gage and Jeanette McDermott acquainted the community artist residency group with the Kentucky Homefront Radio Show project which will engage musicians from all over the state for live performances at the Kentucky at the Kentucky Theatre in Louisville and taped for weekly radio broadcast on public radio stations across Kentucky. In another session Rosemary Topie and Jean St. John led the artists and sponsors through the process used for the Gateway Signs project in Covington and shared the success stories of this project to date. Brenda Wirth outlined her intentions for the work that will be done with the Louisville Deaf Oral School modeled on a collaborative community arts process developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Artist John Malpede and Michael Hunt of Appalshop outlined the conceptual framework for recreating in real-time the historic visit of Robert F. Kennedy to Eastern Kentucky and presented a video with clips from the original visit and the interaction with the communities that has taken place so far to shape the project.

Faubush also offered plenary sessions for artists in the schools, community artists, teachers and community arts sponsors to learn about ways to incorporate Kentucky Folklife into their programming and curriculum as well as an introduction to the Community Scholars Program by Jamie Johnson of the Clay County Extension Office. Combined sessions also helped familiarize attendees with the increasing arts participation through the START initiative and building partnerships and collaborations in local communities.

For school residency artists and their respective sponsor schools, the last full day was reserved for detailed planning. Brainstorming of ideas, finding mutually agreeable schedules, talking about outcomes and ways to measure those desired outcomes, laying the groundwork for professional development of teacher and of course culminating events. Although culminating events are not required as a part of school residencies they usually happen because they are tangible evidence of the work that has taken place and they give the whole school community an opportunity to participate.

The last morning before saying good-bye to new friends and old, each group reported out their plans for the upcoming residencies. Under the porch, rocking in chairs everyone was amazed at what great plans had been made for the coming year and how much work had been done in just a few short days. Ah, the power of Faubush!"

Upcoming Changes: What's happening to the KAC Arts Education Programs?

by John S. Benjamin

As is often the case when changes become necessary, rumors have been flying about what's going to happen to the KAC Arts Education Programs. I'm here to tell you that a lot of things are happening and we think that you'll like the new look.

First, the decision has been made to retire that wonderful old warhorse, the Artist in Residence (AIR) Grant Program. Before any of you fly up and scatter, let me hasten to explain why it's been dropped and what we've got planned to compensate.

Over the past three or four years the number of AIR applications has continued to decline annually while the Teacher Initiated Program (TIP) has been in a growth pattern. For a number of reasons schools have become more interested in the short term residencies offered by TIPs. The few AIR residencies that were still being requested were mostly the 20-day, 4-week variety. So...

After the next TIP deadline (Intent to Apply due September 15, application deadline, October 15) we are revamping that program so that it will include three and four week residencies. In keeping with the (old) AIR program, applicants for three or four week TIP residencies MUST select their artist from the KAC Roster of Artists approved for residency work. Non-roster artists will still be eligible to do one and two-week TIP residencies but only Roster artists will be eligible for all TIPs. All of the information concerning these revisions will be posted on our website shortly after October 15th, 2003.

Roster and non-roster artists with the appropriate training/experience will still be eligible to work in the ArtsStart! (Early Childhood Pre-school) and Youth Center Initiated Program (YCIP). These programs do not require an Intent to Apply form, but sponsors must make application at least 30 days (up from the original 20 days) in advance of the proposed starting date for the residency. Complete information on these programs is available here.

Finally, for fiscal 2005/2006 we are introducing a new and improved version of the School-Community-Arts Partnership Program (SCAPP). As with all new models, we're keeping it under wraps while in the design phase, but suffice it to say that we're excited about the potential for this program. We do know that, when SCAPP is re-introduced, the four-week TIP will go away in order to free up that money. We also know that SCAPP funding will be available to enable programs to continue into the long term. As always, the required partnership will include a school, an arts organization or individual artist and a community business or government entity working together to design and implement a program that will benefit all of the partners. Just what that program looks like will be up to the partners to decide, but you'll get points for innovation so start planning now!

Stay tuned to for the latest information on these changes, and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions at or (502) 564-3757 ext. 4813.

What is the Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education?

Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education logoWhat is the Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education?
Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education (KAAE), formed in 1977, is a statewide, non-profit organization, affiliated with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN.) Its mission is to ensure that all Kentucky k-12 students receive quality arts education in the curriculum areas of dance, drama, music and visual arts.

How does the Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education accomplish its mission?
KAAE works closed with the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Department of Education, as well as with the statewide organizations for arts educators. Historically KAAE helped with establishing the core content for each arts discipline, including aligning state standards with the National Standards in the Arts, and with professional standards for new teachers. KAAE has conducted conferences and professional development opportunities for educators.

In the coming year KAAE plans to

  • Conduct professional development opportunities for teachers throughout the state.
  • Participate in the KCAAEN's "Creative Tickets" award program, which recognizes exemplary schools in each state.
  • Publish a statement focusing on the benefits and outcomes to students of arts education experiences.
  • Distribute advocacy information and action steps for arts education issues.
  • Communicate regularly with its membership, including via its monthly e-newsletter "The Prompt."
  • Conduct its annual membership meeting in June 2004.

Who is involved with the Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education?
KAAE's board of directors represents a wide range of arts educators (including both k-12 and university/college), educational and arts administrators, artists and community activists. They also represent the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Kentucky Arts Educators Association, the Kentucky Theatre Association, the Kentucky Association of Physical Health Education Recreation and Dance, Dance!Kentucky, VSA Arts of Kentucky, the Kentucky Parent Teacher Association, as well as individual schools, school districts, colleges and arts organizations.

How can you become involved with the Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education?
Anyone who is committed to ensuring that their own students--and all Kentucky students--have the opportunity to experience a quality education in dance, drama, music and visual arts can become a member of KAAE. The modest annual membership fee for individuals and organizations helps KAAE fund its year-round activities. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, advocacy information, advance notice of KAAE programs and services, an opportunity to serve on committees to help KAAE undertake its work, and information about national trends in arts education through the Kennedy Center.

For more information about KAAE and to join the organization you can log onto

Updated Roster of Artists Now Available Online TIP Grant Application Deadlines are Right Around the Corner

Teachers in Kentucky considering bringing artists into the classroom have an excellent resource available to them at the click of a mouse. Whether you are considering applying for a Teacher Initiated Program grant or just want to make sure that you bring quality artists into the classroom, this is an ideal resource for you. Teacher Initiated Program grants that will occur in the spring of 2004 are due on October 15, 2003 with an intent to apply due by September 15, 2003. for guidelines, instructions and applications go to

The directory has an index of all artists that have been adjudicated into the program through a panel of jurors consisting of art teachers, arts administrators and peer artists that have worked in Kentucky schools. The criteria for roster inclusion are based on artistic excellence and having the requisite skills and competencies to work with teachers and students in designing and implementing relevant arts programs.

The easy to use roster also divides artists into different arts disciplines so that teacher that need to resource a particular art form can scroll through all those in dance, theatre, folk arts, storytelling, visual arts, music, literary arts, media, etc. Start looking for those artists now in the 2003-2004 version of the Roster of Artists.

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