Erin Keane

Arts and Humanities Reporter

Erin Keane covers Louisville's vibrant arts and humanities scene for WFPL. A former newspaper theater critic and arts writer, she has lived in Louisville since 1994 and is a graduate of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Bellarmine University's communications program and Spalding University's graduate creative writing program. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:44 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Arts Funding Cut $50,000 in Mayor’s Budget

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed budget includes a reduction in overall funding for arts and cultural organizations. The city budget allocates half a million dollars to 32 arts, cultural assets and parks agencies, down more than $50,000 from the last fiscal year.

The Louisville Ballet took an 80 percent cut in funding from the city. Last year, the organization received $29,000. The organization asked for the same amount this year. Fischer recommended the Ballet receive $5,800.

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Speed Museum Independence Exhibit Includes Rare Declaration Replica

Bicentennial Indian, 1975 by Fritz Scholder (American)
Courtesy of the Speed Art Museum

Visitors to the Speed Art Museum will get a bonus history lesson this summer. A rare limited edition 19th century copy of the original Declaration of Independence will go on display in an independence-themed exhibit Saturday.

By 1820, the original Declaration of Independence had already started to deteriorate. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned a copperplate engraving of the handwritten document from William J. Stone, who made about 200 copies on vellum.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

‘Hush’ Author Woodson Headlines Spalding Festival of Writing

Marty Umans

Acclaimed children’s book authorJacqueline Woodson will speak this week at Spalding University. Woodson is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, which have been honored by the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King awards.

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Arts and Humanities
10:47 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Lambda Literary Foundation Honors Leung

Louisville novelist Brian Leung is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s outstanding mid-career novelist award. Lambda is the premiere organization honoring both individual books by and the careers of LGBT authors.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Spalding Festival of Writing Begins

Readings by faculty, guests and alumni of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program begin Saturday. All readings are free, ticketless and open to the public.

Events will be held at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center Lectorium (901 S. Fourth St.), Spalding’s Auditorium (824 S. Fourth St.) and at the Brown Hotel (335 W. Broadway), as noted in the schedule.

Saturday, May 19, 6:45 p.m.
Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center Lectorium

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

House, Vaswani Write a Novel in Letters

Meena is an Indian immigrant living in New York City’s Chinatown whose parents are studying for their U.S. citizenship exam. River is a basketball star and the son of an Eastern Kentucky coal miner. When the two kids are paired together in a pen pal program, they learn as much about the similarities between their families and cultures as their differences.

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Arts and Humanities
4:25 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Painter Explores Advertising Influence in 21C Lecture

From the Women series by Ryan McGinness

The figures in artist Ryan McGinness’ “Women” series are flattened, graphic shapes, calling to mind both a Matisse painting and public signage, compelling in bold color and broad strokes.

“His work is exploring contemporary culture in a really compelling way, drawing on advertising and different kinds of visual iconography that we’re surrounded by, from both fine art and consumer culture,” says 21C Museum Hotel curator Alice Gray Stites.

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Flyover Film Festival Lineup Announced

Thirty-six films will make their Kentucky premieres in the Louisville Film Society’s fourth annualFlyover Film Festival June 7-10. The films range from a concert feature on Louisville rockers My Morning Jacket to a dark comedy by provocative Comedy Central stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

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Arts and Humanities
4:16 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Shatner Donates Samurai Statue to Frazier Museum

Elizabeth and William Shatner unveil The Way of Horse and Bow, a bronze samurai statue, at the Frazier History Museum.
Erin Keane

Actor William Shatner has donated a bronze statue of a samurai to the Frazier History Museum’s permanent collection. Douwe Blumberg’s “Way of Horse and Bow” depicts a Japanese warrior riding on horseback into battle.

Shatner and his wife own several pieces by Blumberg, a former horse trainer who lives outside of Lexington. The Shatners commissioned Blumberg to create the sculpture and bought a second casting of the limited edition work for the Frazier’s permanent collection.

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Elvis Expert Nash Says 'King Creole' Showed Promise

Elvis Presley’s musical career is the stuff American legends are made of, but experts say the king of rock and roll always dreamed of winning an Academy Award for acting. He was never nominated, but according to critics, his early film work showed a promising young talent.

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