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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Photo: The American Spiritual Ensemble
The American Spiritual Ensemble, whose members come from all over North America, has delighted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Around Kentucky

American Spiritual Ensemble Highlights Celebration of 25th Anniversary of Governor's Awards in the Arts

Governor's Awards in the Arts 25th Anniversary LogoIt's not too late to buy that ticket! Or maybe it is...if all seats are sold out for the September 6 evening of the arts, when the Kentucky Center will be host to the last In Performance at the Governor's Mansion. The lineup of Kentucky talent for the KET videotaped performance will include African dance and drumming with Harlina Churn, cellist Michael Fitzpatrick & the Gordon Dance Project, the Bluegrass sounds of Hog Operation, the Imani Dance & Drum Company, the Kentucky Jazz Connection and the American Spiritual Ensemble. The American Spiritual Ensemble, whose members come from all over North America, has delighted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Keeping the American Negro spiritual alive, the Ensemble was founded by Everett McCorvey, Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Kentucky and current board member of the Kentucky Arts Council.

The 150 past recipients of the Governor's Awards in the Arts will also be honored during the concert as well as during the pre-concert activities. In the lobby of The Kentucky Center, beginning at 5:00 p.m. there will be a reception with light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar accompanied by live music and an exhibit of Kentucky crafts and books. A silent auction to benefit the advocacy efforts of Arts Kentucky will give patrons an opportunity to purchase some of Kentucky's finest art, crafts, musical recordings and books. A special V.I.P. reception will also be held in the Mary Anderson Room of The Kentucky Center.

Tickets are priced at two levels of support. The V.I.P. ticket at $150 includes the silent auction, a private reception and preferred concert seating. The Patron ticket at $35 includes the silent auction, lobby reception and reserved seats for the concert. Order tickets, online or call The Center Box Office at (502) 584-7777 or toll free at 1-800-775-7777.

In Performance at the Governor's Mansion "On the Road" -- Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Governor's Awards in the Arts has been made possible through the generous support of Ashland Inc. This is a partnership project of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Governor's Office, the Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet, The Kentucky Center, KET and Arts Kentucky.

Lewis and Clark Artist Residency Continues for Signature Event on the Falls of the Ohio

Kansas City sculptor Karen McCoy will know Louisville and Southern Indiana well by the end of 2003. Her knowledge will be more than how to get to the Falls of the Ohio from the airport and it will be more than understanding the beauty of the Ohio River and it's contribution to America's history.

Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies as the lead artist for the Lewis and Clark Arts Corps: Artists and Communities Explore Lewis and Clarks Journey, McCoy began by coming to Louisville in early June and visiting the Falls of the Ohio, the Falls State Park site of the Clark cabin, Louisville's Waterfront Park. Locust Grove, the Filson Club, McAlpine Locak and Dam, the Portland community, Mulberry Hill at George Rogers Clark Park and Iroquois Park. In an effort to enlist local artists in collaboration, McCoy came back to the Louisville area and made a presentation of the site-specific sculptures she has created from social and natural environments, gave an overview of how artists might work together in creating an event that engages the community in the artistic process, and encouraged people to examine the legacy of Lewis and Clark and how that legacy intersects with current issues.

Indiana dancer Melli Hoppe was selected by a panel made up of local host organization members and Karen McCoy to collaborate with McCoy on the project. During August and September McCoy will be making many visits to the area, mentoring Melli Hoppe and involving the community in the process. All of this leads up to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial signature events, which will be celebrated at the Falls of the Ohio, October 14-26. And when all is said and done Karen McCoy will leave Kentuckiana with new friendships, a list of artists to collaborate with on future projects and real sense of the people who now live at this first gathering place of the expedition.

The following people and organizations are represented on the local host organization of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial ArtsPlan:

Dell Courtney, Coordinator Falls of the Ohio Lewis & Clark Bicentennial

Dani Cummins, President Falls of the Ohio Lewis & Clark Bicentennial

Mike Maloney, Assistant Director Community Relations and Events, Mayor's Office

Mnoukimae Hiltibrand Falls of the Ohio, Shawnee Nation URB

Gerri Combs, Executive Director Kentucky Arts Council

Suzanne Adams, North Central Circuit Rider Kentucky Arts Council

Dorothy Ilgen, Executive Director Indiana Arts Commission

Statewide Showcase of Gospel Choirs Stage Final Shout Out at the Kentucky Center

Photo: Gospel Choir

Choirs from all over the Commonwealth will perform for the chance to be recognized as the finest gospel choir in Kentucky.

During this past summer in Owensboro, Hazard, Paducah, Louisville, Bowling Green, Hopkinsville and Lexington, gospel choirs have participated in regional showcases to determine who would compete in the National City Great Kentucky Gospel Shout Out to be held Sunday, October 19 at a festival celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Choirs from all over the Commonwealth will perform for the chance to be recognized as the finest gospel choir in Kentucky. All choirs will perform gospel music from the roots of the African-American experience is the style of Mississippi Mass Choir, Kirk Franklin and James Cleveland. This is the first statewide showcase ever held and everyone is encouraged to come and support our excellent choirs. The showcase is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Shout Out director John Gage at (502) 562-0757 or visit The Kentucky Center Web site at

The Kentucky Center Announces Plans For 20th Anniversary Festival

Kentucky Center 20th Anniversary Festival LogoThe Kentucky Center will celebrate twenty years of performing arts and arts education with a five-day festival, October 15 to October 19: Wednesday, October 15,- and Thursday, October 16 The Kentucky Center Arts and Culture Festival Celebrate the region's arts and cultural community with two days of exhibits, performances, displays and fun. Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 17
20th Anniversary Black Tie Gala
Rub elbows at a fundraiser with circus acts, the Kentucky premiere of Disney's The Lion King presented by PNC Bank Broadway in Louisville, and an after theater supper. Tickets $1,000 and $750.

Saturday, October 18
The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts Celebration
Enjoy a full day of visual exhibits, film, poetry, music, dance and theater from alumni and faculty of GSA. Free and open to the public!

Saturday, October 18
Country Concert on the Belvedere
It's a real country showcase featuring Russian bluegrass sensations Bering Strait and rising star Steve Azar. Tickets just $10!

Sunday, October 19
The National City Great Kentucky Gospel Shout-Out!
Kentucky's finest will perform in the final round of the statewide showcase, celebrating the Commonwealth's best with this old-fashioned gospel shout-out! Sponsored by National City Bank. Supporting Sponsorship by KFC.

National Endowment for the Arts Selects Hazard and Paducah for Shakespeare in American Communities

Shakespeare in American Communities  LogoShakespeare in American Communities is a major initiative of the NEA in cooperation with Arts Midwest to introduce a new generation of audiences to the greatest playwright in the English language. This program will tour six professional theatre companies across the nation for performances and educational activities. In addition to the performances and community residencies, educational activities will be augmented by a comprehensive teachers' toolkit developed specially for Shakespeare in American Communities by the National Endowment for the Arts.

On October 18, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre will perform Romeo and Juliet for audiences in the Paducah area for the Four Rivers Center for the Arts. Throughout its history, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has received critical acclaim for artistic excellence and its accessible, creative approach to Shakespeare-the hallmarks of this company's work. Infusing the Theater's work with new vision, world-renowned guest artists, together with Chicago's finest actors, designers, and technicians, continue to create work of the highest artistic caliber. For more information about the performance and activities in the Paducah area contact Stephen Paulsen, Four Rivers Center for the Arts at (270) 443-9932.

The Aquila Theatre Company from New York City will come to participate in the Greater Hazard Performing Arts Series with their production of Othello on November 10, 2003. Innovative and dynamic, the Aquila Theatre Company has gained a well-earned international reputation as one of the foremost producers of touring classical theatre. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Peter Meineck, Aquila presents fresh and inventive productions of classical drama without unnecessary textual compromise. Founded in 1991 by Peter Meineck, the company has won both critical and academic acclaim for its work worldwide which includes extensive touring throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. For more information about the Hazard performance of Othello, contact Tammy Duff at (606) 436-5721.

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