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4:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Nonprofits Raise $300,000 in Online Giving Campaign

The Kentucky Nonprofit Network staged its first Kentucky Gives Day this week, raising $330,000 for 380 nonprofit organizations in one 24-hour online campaign on April 24.

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Kentucky Inducts First African American Poet Laureate

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker speaks at Kentucky Writers' Day in the Capitol.
Kentucky Arts Council

In the annual Kentucky Writers' Day program at the Capitol, Governor Steve Beshear inducted poet Frank X Walker as the state's new poet laureate. Walker is the first African American to hold the post, and at 53 years old, the University of Kentucky professor is also the youngest. The Kentucky Arts Council announced Walker's appointment in February.

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Arts and Humanities
4:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Exhibit Explores Quilting Form, not Function

"George Washington Bridge #2" by K. Velis Turan of Earlton, N.Y. Mixed media fiber. Deconstruction screen printed with dyes, painted, free motion machine quilting, hand embellished.
Carnegie Center for Art and History

Quilting is a time-honored craft that traditionally made beautiful and efficient use of scrap fabric and scarce materials. The annual juried exhibit at New Albany's Carnegie Center for Art and History showcasing the artform's contemporary expression celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

"Form, Not Function" opens May 10 with a reception honoring the 25 art quilts selected by jury from more than 300 entries this year. Participating artists come from as far away as California and as close as Louisville and Southern Indiana.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Spring Baroque Concert Promises New, Old Twist on Call to the Post

A bugler plays the call to the post to signal the beginning of the race, but Louisville's Bourbon Baroque ensemble will end their season with an 18th-century interpretation of the iconic spring-time blast. Indiana University Early Music professor Kris Kwapis will play the baroque trumpet for Bourbon Baroque’s final season concert, which includes Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s choral piece “Te Deum.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Voices Festival Celebrates Young Playwrights

Playwright Chanze Castro discusses a script change with director Steven Rahe.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Actors Theatre of Louisvilles' apprentices open their final production of the season tonight. The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival is a bill of ten-minute plays written by eight area high school students. 

The plays were selected from more than 500 ten-minute plays submitted by middle and high school students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana this year. Each play in the festival receives a full production, with a director, designers, a dramaturg, a cast of apprentice actors and a seat in the rehearsal hall for the playwright. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

The Big Break: The Grand Finale

The first season of our audio diary series “The Big Break,” comes to a close this week. Since last fall, understudies and apprentices take us behind the curtain at the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet. 

We'll launch the next season of The Big Break with a new class of up-and-coming artists in the early fall. 

For their final diaries, actor Samantha Beach and dancer Claire Horrocks reflect on their time in Louisville and shaer what lies ahead now that the season is over. 

Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pop-Up Art: Welcome to the Smoketown Social Club

C. Ryan Patterson shows off the sign designed and painted by one of his Kentucky School of Art students outside the Smoketown Social Club.
Erin Keane WFPL News

A visiting teaching artist at the Kentucky School of Art and his students moved off-campus to learn about collaborative art-making inside communities. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:55 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Meet America's Poets Laureate, Past And Present

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 7:03 am

To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, NPR Books reached into the archives for some interviews with the nation's official poets. Poets Laureate past and present have revealed their eloquence and insight in these interviews, where they discuss their inspirations, their heart-breaking memories, their confrontations with aging — and, in the case of Ted Kooser, how his wife felt about his thousands of Valentines.

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Arts and Humanities
10:28 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'Catching Fire'

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Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:47 am

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Kentucky Foundation for Women Grants Awarded

The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works. 

Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects. 

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