Archive for July, 2009

16
Jul
09

Kentucky Humanities Council awards $7,800 in grant funding

The Kentucky Humanities Council recently awarded a total of $7,800 to two Kentucky organizations for public programming.

The Lexington Opera Society will receive $6,600 to take its historical children’s opera, “A Shirt-Tailed Boy Named Abe,” to between 40 and 60 elementary schools across the state. The production focuses on the early years of Abraham Lincoln’s life, when he lived in Kentucky. Through spirited dialogue and song, history unfolds as four friends discuss, argue and act out various moments in Lincoln’s early life — moments that developed the well-known character traits that influenced Lincoln’s behavior while he served as a lawyer, a U.S. Senator and the 16th president of the United States. The Lexington Opera Society has produced a teacher’s guide to complement the opera.
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13
Jul
09

Jane Austen Festival this weekend in Louisville

The second annual Jane Austen Festival kicks off Saturday, July 18, at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville — a two-day event celebrating the works of the English novelist and other aspects of Regency culture. The festival, hosted by the Jane Austen Society of North America – Greater Louisville Region, is funded in part by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council.

To download a detailed event schedule, click here.

The highlight of the festival will be a lecture by Margaret Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook, and editrix of AustenBlog who will present “Five Things a Janeite Heroine (Or Hero) Needs to Know.” Other activities include a sewing class teaching plain-sewing techniques of the 19th Century, a Regency style show in the ballroom, a Regency Emporium featuring vendors and accessories of the period, an afternoon tea and a promenade and ball Saturday evening. Common Stock Entertainers will provide authentic old-fashioned English entertainment, and live demonstrations will recreate the fictional “Meryton” in Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.

The first Jane Austen Festival in Louisville attracted nearly 700 people. The original festival in Bath, England, attracts thousands — and so far this year, enthusiasts from Washington State, California, Texas, Florida and Chicago plan to attend.

08
Jul
09

See pottery demonstration, identify pieces at ‘Waco and The Bybees Day’

The Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky., will host “Waco and The Bybees Day” from 2 to 4 p.m. July 12 as part of the Waco and the Bybees: Central Kentucky Art Pottery, 1900 to 1935 exhibit that opened May 27.

The exhibit, which continues until Sept. 27, is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Ulmann photo wall at the Waco and The Bybees exhibit, open now at the Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky.

The Ulmann photo wall at the Waco and The Bybees exhibit, open now at the Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky.

Harvey Conner will demonstrate pottery making during the event. At 3 p.m., there will be a “show and tell” period for exhibit-goers to have mystery pieces identified. Museum co-curators Larry Hackley and Margaret Layton will host gallery tours of the exhibit every 20 minutes. Admission is $6 for adults. The event is free for children and museum members.

Waco and the Bybees: Central Kentucky Art Pottery, 1900 to 1935 is the first exhibit devoted to the art pottery of Cornelison Pottery, Waco Pottery and the Bybee Pottery Company lines of Genuine Bybee and Selden Bybee.

“It has been a great pleasure to recognize the artistry of the Madison County potters of almost a century ago,” Hackley said. “With recognition, we believe the Central Kentucky Art pottery will emerge to take its place with the likes of Weller, Roseville, Fulper, Teco, and, some would say, even Rookwood.”

The Hopewell Museum is located at the corner of Eighth and Pleasant streets in Paris and is open Noon to 5  p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. For information, call (859) 987-7274.

For information about applying for a minigrant through the Kentucky Humanities Council, click here.

08
Jul
09

Kentucky Folk exhibit opens July 11

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, with the assistance of a minigrant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, will present an exhibition of UK HealthCare’s collection of folk art from July 11 to Sept. 20. The show, “Kentucky Folk: Art from the UK HealthCare Collection,” consists of more than 80 folk art figures and sculptures, paintings and canes by Kentucky folk artists, ranging in date from the 1970s to the present.

See the University of Kentucky press release about the exhibit here.

The exhibit includes an Art at Noon lecture on Aug. 5 by Matt Collinsworth, director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center, and a Teatime for Teachers event Sept. 2.

For information, including museum hours and admission prices, visit the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky Web site. For information about applying for a minigrant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, click here.