Applications for the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Marketing Program are open through August 15

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted arts marketing program through August 15. Kentucky Crafted provides assistance to visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities, and business training.

“Kentucky Crafted artists benefit from more than the right to use the Kentucky Crafted trademark on their work,” said Dave Blevins, director of arts marketing for the arts council. “Many artists have expanded the reach of their personal brands through the recognition that comes with being a Kentucky Crafted artist.”

Kentucky Crafted is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists in the program were judged by an independent panel of professional artists and leaders in the arts and crafts community. Among many other benefits and privileges, Kentucky Crafted artists can exhibit at the annual Kentucky Crafted Market.

Being a member of Kentucky Crafted has been good for artist Addison Williams of Jenkins.

Williams, photographer, has been an artist for 10 years. He applied to Kentucky Crafted in 2020 at the suggestion of Mark Johnson of Art Inc. and ArtHouse Kentucky in Lexington, where Williams exhibits several pieces.

“I wanted to get more exposure and have more opportunities as an artist, and Mark said juried Kentucky Crafted would be a good way to do that,” Williams said.

Being in Kentucky Crafted validated her own work as an artist, Williams said.

“Many people I know locally have said they love my artwork, but being recognized on a larger scale and being invited to participate in a reputable program like Kentucky Crafted gives me a bit more confidence and also empowers people to know that there is a certain standard of quality to my work.

In addition to exhibiting at the Kentucky Crafted Market, artists can apply for consultations with the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN). Artists can also use the Kentucky Crafted logo, will be included in the online artist directory, and will be able to take advantage of cooperative advertising and exhibition opportunities.

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