ArtCraft

As WFPL's arts and humanities reporter, Erin Keane reports on the issues, trends, people and events that impact Louisville's arts landscape.

Every artist also develops a craft—those deliberate and perfected techniques and methods used to write a novel, shoot a film, create a sculpture or become a character on stage. 

On ArtCraft, you'll find reviews of plays, books and arts experiences, as well as the latest news and commentary on Louisville's arts landscape and a thoughtful exploration of how and why a particular piece of art works (or doesn't). 

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Arts and Humanities
4:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NEA Awards Louisville Grant to Start Artists-in-Corporate-Residence Program

Louisville’s contemporary art chamber of commerce is starting an artist-in-corporate-residence program.  The National Endowment for the Arts awarded IDEAS 40203 a $50,000 Our Town Grant to place artists on project teams inside Louisville-based businesses. 

The grant will help provide seed money to fund the residency program, which will place seven artists on six-week commitments over the course of a year. The program will also seek financial contributions from the businesses benefiting from the program.

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Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet'

Jon Patrick O'Brien as Hamlet, addressing alas, poor Yorick's skull (uncredited) in Kentucky Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
Credit Holly Stone/Kentucky Shakespeare

How well we know “Hamlet,” one of Shakespeare’s most adaptable plays. The tragedy of a young man consumed with revenge for his father’s death is constantly quoted and referenced, gently parodied and violently re-imagined, its best quotes pinballing through art and pop culture. But Kentucky Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” side-steps the temptation to transform, staging a fairly traditional production anchored by Jon Patrick O’Brien’s powerful performance as the young prince.

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Arts and Humanities
3:57 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Breaks Own Attendance Records in Central Park

Kentucky Shakespeare counted 707 in attendance on opening night of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the first of eight productions to run in Central Park this summer.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

Kentucky Shakespeare is having a record-breaking summer. More than 13,000 patrons have attended the free outdoor Shakespeare performances in Louisville’s Central Park since this year’s festival opened June 12.

That tops attendance at the 2001 summer festival - 12,420 - which set the previous record, and there are still five weeks left in the current Central Park season. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

This Week: Pop-Up Outdoor Bourbon Baroque Concert in Willow Park

John Austin Clark and Nico Fortin, co-founders of Bourbon Baroque.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Louisville's hippest classical music chamber ensemble wheels their harpsichord into Willow Park this week for an impromptu free performance. Bourbon Baroque is known for staging the music of the 17th and 18th centuries in unorthodox performance spaces to encourage a more social approach to classical music. The company will announce their 2014-15 season at the free concert,  7 p.m. Wednesday in the gazebo at the small Cherokee Triangle neighborhood park. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Judith Jennings, My Morning Jacket Among The Governor Award In The Arts Recipients

Jim James at a past Forecastle Festival.
Credit Forecastle Festival

My Morning Jacket, the City of Danville and the technical services staff at Rupp Arena are among the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts.

The Kentucky Arts Council announced winners in nine categories on Wednesday. 

The recipients will get the awards in October. 

"It is my great honor to recognize these individuals, both native sons and daughters of Kentucky and others who have chosen to make their homes in Kentucky and enrich our state's unique culture," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a released statement.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Comparing the Jersey Boys Film to the Musical

Credit Warner Bros.

It’s not hard to see how Clint Eastwood could be seduced into directing a film adaptation of the buoyant stage musical “Jersey Boys.” The Tony Award-winning history of 1960s pop legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons hits the musical theatre trifecta — it’s an incredible true story told by memorable characters performing iconic songs.

The show’s most rare quality, its tough-guy energy, must appeal to a guy like Eastwood. Conventional wisdom says an offer to adapt the show for film would be an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Speed Art Museum Names New Curator of Contemporary Art

Louisville's Speed Art Museum has hired a veteran curator from New Orleans to manage its contemporary art collection when it re-opens in spring 2016. Miranda Lash, who currently works as the curator of contemporary works at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will start her new job next month, according to the Speed Art Museum. 

The Speed is currently undergoing a $60 million renovation and expansion project, which has closed the main museum building for construction until 2016. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Dynamic 'Henry V' Resonates

Matt Lytle as "Henry V."
Credit Holly Stone/Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare braved the rain last night to bring their second mainstage production to Central Park. Directed by Amy Attaway, the company’s strong, energetic “Henry V” is a dynamic, fast-paced study in leadership that resonates beyond its 15th-century setting.

“Henry V” runs through July 6 with performances Tuesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Old Louisville’s Central Park. All performances are free and feature pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m.

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