More training opportunities for creative entrepreneurs

KF_stackedRGBSince the release of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Creative Industry Report in late 2014, we have been working hard to address recommendations and priorities identified in the report to support and grow the creative industry in Kentucky.

Why? The report gave us great insight into the needs of Kentucky artists, creative businesses and entrepreneurs who work within the segments of the industry. When I say segments, I’m referring to visual arts, which includes craft artists; performing arts; design; and media, which includes communications, advertising and the literary arts.

One of the first things we did was prioritize how we would address these needs. Identified within the top 10 needs for resources were:

  • Computer/web/technology assistance
  • Marketing assistance
  • Professional development
  • Opportunities to network with other artists
  • Information on employment opportunities
  • Grants or loans
  • Places to sell, exhibit or perform
  • Publicity/coverage in the media

A major focus of the arts council has always been to provide tools, resources and information for the state’s artists and creative entrepreneurs to help them find new pathways to success. When we looked at these needs collectively, we realize they fall, in some form or fashion, under one heading – business training.

Since the release of our report, the arts council has been fortunate to have forged new partnerships with people and organizations across the state. I have begun referring to these folks as “the UN-usual suspects.” One of the most interesting relationships we have right now is with the good people at Mountain Association for Community Economic Development and, my new favorite Kentuckian, Bill Schutters. Bill wears many hats in the entrepreneurial and business communities and currently is working in the eastern part of the state providing services. He’s collaborating with us on this training through his position as director of the Kentucky Highlands Innovation Center at the office of the Kentucky Innovation Network – London. Bill has a strong background working with artists and arts entrepreneurs, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.

Through a series of conversations, we – and let me add here that “we” includes the ever-innovative women at the office of Berea Tourism – decided to form a partnership to offer business training directly to those who work in the creative industry. The curriculum we’re using is the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac business program which, for more than 20 years, has provided aspiring and established entrepreneurs with the information, framework, resources and peer networks they need to successfully start and grow companies.

There are two tracks that will run concurrently in this series. There is FastTrac NewVenture – for creative businesses up to two years in operation and those just thinking about starting their creative business. The other is FastTrac GrowthVenture, for creative entrepreneurs who have been in operation three or more years. The trainings together will create a new learning network for Kentucky artists and creative entrepreneurs that will continue to be beneficial long after these trainings have finished.

If you are interested in joining us for this amazing training series, you can attend one of the workshop sessions that will give you an overview of what will be covered in the full training. You’ll also be able to apply for scholarships. The class is valued at $325, but investments from the sponsoring partners make scholarships available for participants to attend the complete series for $20. Find all of the details about the workshops on our website, where you can also register to attend.

Finally, if your agency or organization is interested in partnering with the arts council to address specific needs of your local creative industry, let’s get together and talk! We are dedicated to supporting and growing the creative industry in all areas of Kentucky. You can email me at emilyb.moses@ky.gov, or call me toll-free at 888-833-2787, ext. 472. I hope to hear from you.

Emily B. Moses

Creative Industry Manager

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Kentucky’s first Etsy training hits the mark

Congrats to our first Etsy Entrepreneurs who completed the first course of its kind in Kentucky!

craft entrepreneurshipThis free course was available to visual and craft artists with a ready-to-sell handmade product and who were ready to learn how to sell and grow their business through the online creative market Etsy.com, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

The five-week course was divided into five classes, which allowed the students to absorb the knowledge from each class and practice working from home. Each class was packed with informative topics like becoming an entrepreneur, building and marketing a brand, photography, pricing and simple accounting and growing your handmade business. Students completed the course with a beautiful Etsy shop filled with a product ready to sell all over the world.

They also left with the knowledge to make it happen.

I believe this program is a great asset to the community and to our state. My Etsy business has opened many doors for me, including the opportunity to teach this class as well as connect with other Etsy entrepreneurs all over the world. I am able to create and do what I love while making a living, which is something that hasn’t always been easily available to the public. All you need is the knowledge to start. That’s why this class is so important.

I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2011 with an art education degree and was disappointed by the job options I had locally. I loved where I lived and didn’t want to compromise what I loved doing in order to make a living. That’s when I discovered Etsy, a handmade marketplace that made it easy to target my business to the people who want to buy the things I make.

It has taken me years to learn and pick up knowledge on how to grow my business on Etsy, so it’s great that Etsy has taken all of their knowledge from sellers and condensed it into a course that students can finish and absorb in only five weeks.

I am excited to see the future of our Etsy entrepreneurs and encourage other communities in Kentucky to partner with the Kentucky Arts Council to provide Etsy entrepreneur training.

Etsy Entrepreneur Instructor
Courtney Howard
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Run2theWild

Check out our new Hazard Etsy Entrepreneurs and their shops!

Lauren Baker
Evalee Patrick
Sallie Martin
Eugene King
Kathy Fugate

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Artists can apply for Kentucky Crafted Program

KyCraftedLogo_ColorThe Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications from artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Crafted Program.

Kentucky Crafted
is an adjudicated marketing assistance program for the state’s finest visual and craft artists. It provides assistance to Kentucky artists through marketing and promotional opportunities and arts business training.

Artists accepted into the Kentucky Crafted Program are eligible to use the Kentucky Crafted logo,exhibit at
Kentucky Crafted: The Market, be included in the arts council’s online directory for artists, sell work at the Governor’s Derby Celebration and can take advantage of cooperative advertising opportunities.

Madison County woodworker Jerry Hollon has been in the Kentucky Crafted Program since the early 1980s. Hollon said he applied for the Kentucky Crafted Program for the opportunities the brand presented for him to sell his work in expanded markets.

“Being in the program has meant a lot of work has come my way,” Hollon said. “It’s given me the opportunity to market my craft in places I never dreamed of. I went to New York in the early ’90s as part of the program and I was able to gain sales all over the New England area.”

Hollon’s work was sold by prestigious retailers like FAO Schwartz and Barney’s.

The entrepreneurship benefits of Kentucky Crafted helped Hollon get started in his woodworking business, and he said it provided a solid foundation from which to develop his art into a business.

“Kentucky Crafted gave me the structure I needed to move forward in marketing my art and craft and it gave me the avenue to do it,” Hollon said. “When you’re first starting out, you need structure in how to do it, and the program helped me with that.”

The deadline to apply for Kentucky Crafted is Aug. 17. For more information about the program, contact Ed Lawrence, arts council arts marketing director, at ed.lawrence@ky.gov or 502-564-3757 ext. 473.

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Arts Partners Summer Camps

The Kentucky Arts Council provides operating support to many nonprofit arts organizations in the Commonwealth. Below is a listing of summer camps hosted by these Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations.

Boyle County

Community Arts Center
401 W. Main St.
Danville, KY 40422
www.communityartscenter.net

June 8 – 12
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: K – 2nd grades
Fee: $85

June 8 – 12
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 3rd – 5th grades
Fee: $85

Arts Exploration Camp – Kick-start your children’s creativity at the beginning of summer break at this fun, inventive and engaging program, your young artist can paint, play, sculpt, dance and enjoy a variety of art activities. They’ll discover talents and interests they never knew they had!

June 22 – 26
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 12th grades
Fee: $120

Teen Art Camp – Do you have an aspiring artist ready to go to the next level? Is your teen a dabbler who is interested in trying something new? Teens will work closely with local artists to delve deep into different artistic mediums and techniques each day.


Daviess County

Owensboro Dance Theatre
2705 Breckenridge St.
Owensboro, KY 42303
www.owensborodancetheatre.org

July 6 – 10
9 a.m. – noon
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 3 – 7 years, 8 – 11 years
Fee: $125

July 13 – 17
9 a.m. – noon
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 3 – 7 years, 8 – 11 years
Fee: $125

Wiggle, giggle and pretend to be princesses and heroes. – Students will get a taste of the arts with movement and dance, drama, costuming, make up and a performance. There will be videos on dance, creative play, crafts, healthy snacks and a parade followed by the Royal Performance.

Wiggle, giggle and pretend – spa la la. Students will get the above plus manicures, pedicures and facials.


Fayette County

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.carnegiecenterlex.org

July 13 – 17
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Want to get an up close look at the criminal process? Learn how a case develops from start to finish. See if you are ready for a real-life “Law & Order” In this court-themed camp, you will learn facts about a case on Monday, and by the end of the week, you will try the case in court in front of your family and friends. Along the way, you will see real-life local courts in action.

July 13 – 17
1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Launch your future as a leader now! Whether your future is owning your own business, working for a company or a nonprofit organization, or being the member of a sports team, you will need leadership skills to work with others and make a difference! Learn to lead by developing strategies to build community and reduce conflict through hands-on experiences and targeted games. At the end of the week, campers will test out their leadership abilities and team-building skills they can use in real-life community situations.

July 20 – 24
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Do you want to take your love of science-fiction, fantasy or superheroes to the next level by writing and illustrating your own story? We will look at examples of visual storytelling, like illustrated books, graphic novels and comics for inspiration before creating our own characters’ and stories. We will learn how to make an engaging plot for our characters, journey, then we will sketch out the environments and locations they will inhabit. By the end of the week, you will create your own two- to four-page comic to show off to family and friends.

July 20 – 24
1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Do you dream of cooking delicious food for yourself, your friends and family? We will begin by learning basic cooking terms and methods. We will then explore how we can be more mindful in our food choice, food handling and our general method of cooking. This fun and engaging camp will open your mind and excite you about being independent in the kitchen. By the end of the week, you will help cook a multicourse meal.

July 27 – 31
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Do you dream of being on television? Maybe even behind the lens? We will learn everything that goes into creating a daily news show by being reporters, script writers and videographers. We will take a trip to a local news station for a behind-the-scenes look. Over the course of the week, we will create our own news show.

July 27 – 31
1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Fun, fast-paced theater camp. It is designed to unlock the storyteller in every student through the production of a play based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, but told in a uniquely Kentucky way. We will even create our own fantastic costumes and sets based on what we have discovered. At the end of the week, we will invite our friends and family to a performance showcasing our skills as Kentucky storytellers.

Explorium of Lexington
440 West Short St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.explorium.com

June 1 – Aug. 7 (Weekly)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., half- and full-day sessions
Ages: Pre-K – 5th grade
Fee: Varies (Highest cost is $215 per week)

Weekly themes include topics on dinosaurs, physics, chemistry, engineering, role models, art, magic, the human body and space.

Lexington Ballet Company
161 N. Mill St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.lexingtonballet.org

June 8 – 26 (Monday – Friday)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 18 years
Fee: $130 – $300 per week

Junior Program offers a half-day program for students ages 7-10. Begin the morning with a stretching and warm up class. Each day includes ballet technique and repertoire/contemporary classes.

Advanced Program is a full-day schedule for intermediate/advanced students and professionals. Classes include Ballet Technique and Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Conditioning, and Contemporary/Choreography. A typical day will have two morning classes, a lunch break and two afternoon classes.

June 8 – 26 (Monday – Friday)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 11 years and up
Fee: $300 per week

Summer Intensive is a one-, two-, or three-week comprehensive program for students and professionals. Focus is on classical ballet technique and complementary dance and fitness to challenge each student’s potential. Led by school director Nancy Dominguez, the summer intensive provides exemplary instruction in a safe and nurturing environment.

July 20 – 24 (Monday – Friday)
July 27 – 31
Aug. 3 – 7

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 10 years
Fee: $210 per week

Music, Art and Dance (MAD) Camp – Daily instruction in music, art and dance, plus a daily mini-field trip throughout Lexington. Classes are taught by certified school teachers and members of the Lexington Ballet Company. Field trips include: trolley rides, visits to area parks, museums, theaters and historic landmarks. Special collaboration this year is with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Lyric Theater and the Confucius Institute. Experience the arts this summer, and come feel the vibe of Lexington’s growing downtown arts scene!

The Living Arts & Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40508
www.lasclex.org

June 1 – 5 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

June 8 – 12 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

June 15 – 19 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

June 22 – 26 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, film making and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for pre-school students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 6 – 10 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 13 – 17 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 20 – 24 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 27 – 31 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.


Franklin County

Grand Theatre Frankfort
312 West Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org

June 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 14 years
Fee: $175

A weeklong theatre performance workshop held at the Grand Theatre. A selected script will be utilized for the camp, with the Lexington Children’s Theatre teachers and interns managing the program. Each class will have a short presentation at the end of the week. We invite your family and friends to join us for their presentations.

July 20 – 24
9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 14 years
Fee: $175

A weeklong theatre performance workshop held at the Grand Theatre. A selected script will be utilized for the camp, with the Lexington Children’s Theatre teachers and interns managing the program. Each class will have a short presentation at the end of the week. We invite your family and friends to join us for their presentations.


Jefferson County

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
kentuckyarts.org

June 8 – 12
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 5 – 8 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Kids will learn a variety of clay techniques through this weeklong clay and sculpture camp. Campers will execute slab building, coil building, functional and nonfunctional designing, glazing techniques and more! Projects are fired by professional artists in our on-site kiln. This camp also incorporates nonclay projects and three-dimensional sculptures.

June 15 – 19
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 8 – 11 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Kids will learn a variety of clay techniques through this weeklong clay and sculpture camp. Campers will execute slab building, coil building, functional and nonfunctional designing, glazing techniques and more! Projects are fired by professional artists in our on-site kiln. This camp also incorporates nonclay projects and three-dimensional sculptures.

June 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
Ages: 11 – 14 years
Fee: $220

Summer Art Studio at Blackacre Nature Preserve. Taking inspiration from the natural world around them, middle school students have the opportunity to work intensively with professional artists to complete at least four different in-depth art projects and learn about working artists over the course of this weeklong camp held at Blackacre State Nature Preserve.

July 13 – 17
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 5 – 8 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Earth Camp. Young artists will get the chance to explore their creativity with a different art medium each day during this weeklong green art camp that focuses on natural and recycled materials. Campers will be introduced to an array of natural art media, such as fiber, wood, dyes, paper, printmaking and nontraditional materials while learning about green art, upcycling and reuse. Students will create with inspiration from found object art, sustainability and our urban river environment.

July 20 – 24
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ,full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 8 – 11 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Earth Camp. Yyoung artists will get the chance to explore their creativity with a different art medium each day during this weeklong green art camp that focuses on natural and recycled materials. Campers will be introduced to an array of natural art media, such as fiber, wood, dyes, paper, printmaking and non-traditional materials while learning about green art, upcycling and reuse. Students will create with inspiration from found object art, sustainability and our urban river environment.

July 27 – July 31
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: High School
Fee: $110

Camp Couture. Designed specifically for high school students, this weeklong intensive camp that focuses on designing and creating wearable art. Taking cues from the exhibition and annual show KMAC Couture, students will work one-on-one in the museum studio to make wearable art garments, incorporating innovative materials into artistic practice.

Kentucky Shakespeare
323 West Broadway, Suite 401
Louisville, Ky 40202
hannah@kyshakespeare.com

June 8 – 12
9 a.m. – Noon, Half-Day Option
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Full-Day Option
Ages: 4 – 18 years
Fee: $175, $100

June 15 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 15 years
Fee: $415

A unique offering of Camp Shakespeare at Historic Locust Grove that will introduce aspiring thespians to theatre, Shakespeare’s works, and how to build an ensemble-based performance piece by emphasizing collaboration and teamwork.

June 15 – Aug. 2
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (full-day)
9 a.m. – noon (half day)
Ages: 4 – 18 years
Fee: $100-$495

Camp Shakespeare creates opportunities for children and young adults ages 4-18 to explore the theatre arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, language and more.

June 15 – July 3
July 6 – 24

Ages: 11 – 14 years
Fee: $100 – $495

The Revelers – A three-week in-depth exploration of acting and Shakespeare. Campers will learn about movement, voice, text analysis, improvisation and stagecraft. Daily rehearsals encourage ensemble building, self-confidence and teamwork, while allowing each camper to grow and explore at his or her own pace.

June 15 – 26
June 29 – July 10
July 13 – 24

Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $100 – $495

The Noblings – Participants in this two-week camp will explore the world of theatre through acting exercises, scene work, creating props, and designing sets and costumes. On the final day, participants will share their work with friends and family on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage!

June 22 – 26
July 6 – 10

Full- and half-day options
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $100 – $495

The Groundlings – In this one-week introduction to the magical world of theatre, campers will explore aspects of imaginative play, visual arts, movement and storytelling. The camp culminates in a sharing of their work on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage.

June 22 – Aug. 2
July 6 – 10

Ages: 15 – 18 years
Fee: $495

The Globe Players – A high school conservatory program that culminates in a full production of “The Comedy of Errors” on the Central Park Stage!

Looking for Lilith Theatre
107 Crescent Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
www.lookingforlilith.org

June 15 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Rising 6th – 8th graders
Fee: $250

GirlSpeak gives middle school girls an opportunity to learn about theatre, find their own voices, work together in a group, and use critical thinking skills. Participants will use collaborative play making activities to create a play on a topic chosen by the group.

July 13 – 17
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $150

The children are performers in Spain’s Seville Fair, where they meet Sancita, the jester, and Pepita, the puppeteer. They are preparing to perform for Queen Isabel, using drama, dance and puppetry and visual art activities. After Pepita shares with the group a puppet show with fighting, they help her change the show by offering the puppets, and Pepita and Sanchita, ways to manage their anger and work through their conflicts, thus learning useful life skills in a setting that, for them, is joyful pretend and play.

Louisville Visual Art Association
609 W. Main St.
Floor 2
Louisville, KY 40202
www.louisvillevisualart.org

June 8 – July 31
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $230, $205 for members

Each camper will have a unique art experience from learning photography, printmaking and sculpture to writing and creating books, wearable art, painting portraits and more! There are eight full-day one week camps and three half-day one week workshops to choose from!

Louisville Youth Choir
3105 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205
www.louyouthchoir.org

July 27 – 31
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Rising 4th – 12th grades
Fee: $225

Summer Vocal Camp (4th – 8th grades) – The camps include music instruction and performance opportunities in a fun environment on the beautiful Ursuline Campus in St. Matthews. The camp fee includes a daily lunch and snack, a camp outing to a local attraction, a camp T-shirt and all camp materials.

Bella Voce Camp (9th – 12th grades) – The camps include music instruction and performance opportunities in a fun environment on the beautiful Ursuline Campus in St. Matthews. The camp fee includes a daily lunch and snack, a camp outing to a local attraction, a camp t-shirt and all camp materials.

Portland Museum
2308 Portland Ave.
Louisville, KY 40212
www.goportland.org

Session 1
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17

10 a.m. – noon
Ages: Grades 1 – 5
Fee: $25

The Portland Museum’s two-week summer iRead Program develops the reading skills of children of all reading levels. The camp is led by a certified teacher who provides individual instruction geared to the child’s individual abilities. Participants receive reading materials and reading level recommendations, one-on-one mentoring, supplemental educational activities, a tour of the museum and daily snacks in a supportive environment with friends.

StageOne Family Theatre
323 W. Broadway
Suite 600
Louisville, KY 40202
stageone.org

June 8 – July 25
9 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. (depending on session)
Ages: 4 – 18 years
Fee: $130 and up (depending on session)

If your child dreams of being Annie, Elsa, a superhero or wizard, wants to travel to Neverland, Oz or the world of giants, become a filmmaker, nail their next audition or be a star in Disney’s 101 Dalmations KIDS Performance Camp, it’s all here for them at StageOne DramaWorks Camps.

StageOne Family Theatre’s DramaWorks Camp is perfect for younger students, 4-7, who like to become their favorite characters; for students, 8-11, who are beginning to explore their performance skills; and for students, 12-18, who want to continue to build their skills with the help of professional artists and educators from StageOne. All classes are at the esteemed Lincoln Performing Arts School, 930 E. Main St., Louisville.

The Speed Art Museum
2035 South Third St.
Louisville, KY 40208
www.speedmuseum.org

June 8 – July 24
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Fee: $175 – $245

Summer camps at the Speed encourage students to be creative thinkers, bold art makers and fun collaborators.

Walden Theatre
1123 Payne St.
Louisville, KY 40204
www.waldentheatre.org

June 1 – 20
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

June 8 – 27
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

June 22 – July 11
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

July 6 – 25
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

July 13 – Aug. 1
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

July 20 – Aug. 8
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

Walden Theatre’s Summer Academy is a theatre camp for young people ages 8 to 13. For three weeks campers work under the direction and attention of Walden instructors on a production of a hilarious play. The 2015 play is The Baker Goes to War by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds—a mischievous, smart and original new story that’s sure to delight actors and audiences alike! Students get the exciting experience of rehearsing and performing a professional-quality play while having fun and making new friends. No experience required.

June 8 – 19
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Ages: 13 – 18 years
Fee: $325

Students will help imagine and build the world of our Summer Academy series of performances. This two-week intensive camp will include drafting designs for sets and props, evaluating those designs as a team and building sets and props to be used throughout the summer by young actors in the Summer Academy. Students in this workshop will be working hands-on learning basic carpentry, scenic painting and much more under the guidance of an experienced set designer/builder. This will be an excellent introduction to the rigors of crafting for the stage or a thorough build-out of skills learned during the school year Stagecraft program offered in the Conservatory.

June 8 – 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 13 – 18 years
Fee: $495

The 2015 Shakespeare Intensive students will study particular works of the Bard in depth. Along the way participants will create an original sonnet, watch classic performances, engage in fun and active theatre games, learn Shakespeare’s history, act in a challenging scene, practice stage combat and much more! Instructors challenge students to approach Shakespeare fearlessly and make brave artistic choices—all en route to a showcase at The Bard’s Town Theatre which will highlight each actor’s ability to create believable, entertaining characters through trust in the text, the partner and the self.

June 15 – 27
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 7 years
Fee: $350, includes $100 deposit

July 20 – Aug. 1
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 7 years
Fee: $ 350, includes $100 deposit

Kids bring characters and a story to life through a series of fun theatre-based games that ignite a child’s creativity and give them the skills to perform the play “You Are My Sunshine,” a song-filled American folk culture exploration developed by Hallie Dizdarevic and Mera Kathryn Corlett. Kids learn the basics of acting through exciting activities including movement, tableaux and pantomime, and they participate in the creation of costumes and props for a culminating performance on the final day for family and friends!

June 22 – 26
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Fee: $160

July 27 – 31
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Fee: $160

Kids explore their inner Picasso in this hands-on art program where each day brings a new original project they can create using a variety of materials and techniques. All art materials are provided, and kids bring home their creations at the end of the week.

July 6 – July 10
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 3 -5 years
Fee: $150

Aug. 3 – 7
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 3 – 5 years
Fee: $150

These introductions to theatre follow the process drama model – children use creative expression and role play to act out a story together with our Teaching Artists as guides. Children learn about acting in a noncompetitive and nurturing environment, focusing on the experience of play. Our day will include enrichment time, when children may select from a variety of activities deepening their connection to early literacy and school readiness skills.


Kenton County

Behringer-Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Rd.
Devou Park
Covington, KY 41011
www.bcmuseum.org

June 11
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 14 years
Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers

My Doll and Me Camp – Girls come to camp for a morning of activities with their 18-inch dolls. They will step back into the 1940s. The girls will learn about the history of the era, make a craft for their doll, play games and learn a dance that was popular in the 40s. The camp will end with a “little lady” tea.

June 18 and 19
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

American Indian Junior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child come for two hours for two days. The theme of the first camp is American Indians. We are planning on making drums, an Indian necklace and much more. We will also learn about American Indians and play Indian games.

June 23 – 24
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

American Indian Senior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child come for two hours for two days. The theme of the first camp is American Indians. We are planning on making drums, an Indian necklace and much more. We will also learn about American Indians and play Indian games.

July 13
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Mad Scientists Camp – Do you love science? Learn physics, bubbleology, chemistry and more! There will be slime, magnets, lava lamps and more!

July 14
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Animal Planet – campers will go wild finding out about Northern Kentucky wildlife. Make animal tracks, collect natural treasures, hunt for bugs and more!

July 15
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Groovy Artist – create unique art using recycled materials. Weave a basket and make a pinch pot.

July 16
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

American Indians – Make a story “hide” using Indian symbols. Learn to play Indian games and make a tom-tom and a bear claw necklace.

July 17
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Up, Up and Away – Learn the art of making different kinds of paper planes. Make a kite and other flying objects.

July 28 – 29
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

Wildlife Habitat Junior Grand Discovery Camp – Junior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child comes for two hours for two days. The theme of this camp is Wildlife Habitat. We will learn about the four main habitats in Kentucky. Do some investigation into the animals that live in our own backyards. The second day of camp we will have a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo.

July 28 – 29
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

Wildlife Habitat Senior Grand Discovery Camp – Senior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child comes for two hours for two days. The theme of this camp is Wildlife Habitat. We will learn about the four main habitats in Kentucky and some investigation into the animals that live in our own backyards. The second day of camp we will have a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo.

July 30 – 31
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

Wildlife Habitat Senior Grand Discovery Camp – Senior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child comes for two hours for two days. The theme of this camp is Wildlife Habitat. We will learn about the four main habitats in Kentucky and some investigation into the animals that live in our own backyards. The second day of camp we will have a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo.


McCracken County

Paducah Symphony Orchestra
760 Broadway St.
Paducah, KY 42001
www.paducahsymphony.org

June 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fee: $175 full-day, $125 half day

The third annual Paducah Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Camp features large and small ensemble group training for rising 4th–12th graders. The camp will feature choral instruction; beginning to advanced strings both orchestral and fiddlers; instrumental, band and jazz ensembles as well as group piano instruction. Elementary level will attend half-day while middle and high students will attend full-day with the option to split their program between disciplines.


Montgomery County

Gateway Regional Arts Center
P.O. Box 128
101 E. Main St.
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
www.gatewayregionalartscenter.com

June 22 – 26
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $50

Limitless Painting Creativity

July 15 – 19
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: Rising 4th – 9th grades
Fee: $40

Youth Choral Camp – You are invited to join the fun at a weeklong summer choral camp, including songs, games and meeting new friends. This camp will teach students about proper vocal technique, posture and performance habits, all while practicing fun songs and preparing for a concert.

July 13 – 17
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: Rising 1st – 2nd grades
Fee: $50

Dynamic Drawing

July 13 – 17
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: Rising 1st – 2nd grades
Fee: $50

Creative Crafting: Fabric Art

July 27 – Aug. 1
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: 7 – 9 years
Fee: $45

Summer Playhouse and Summer Stock are opportunities for young people ages
7-9 to learn about and participate in a theatrical production. Knowledge, hands-on activities, a play of their own and fun are the goals of this drama camp.

July 27 – Aug. 1
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 10 – 12 years
Fee: $45

Summer Playhouse and Summer Stock are opportunities for young people ages
7-9 to learn about and participate in a theatrical production. Knowledge, hands-on activities, a play of their own and fun are the goals of this drama camp.


Warren County

SKyPAC
601 College St.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
www.theskypac.com

June 22 – 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Noon – 7 p.m.
Ages: 1st – 12th grades
Fee: $175 – $200

SKyPAC is excited to partner with the Missoula Children’s Theatre this summer where youth actors will be active participants in every phase of staging a full-length theatrical production of Sleeping Beauty. Week concludes with performances.

July 6 – 10
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fees: $150 – $175

Paperworks Camp – campers will discover new ways to create art using paper as the primary medium, as well as learning about famous artists throughout history which helped inspire each activity. Activities will include papier-mâché, block printing, collage and recycled magazine art.

July 13 – 18
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Noon – 7 p.m.
Ages: 1st – 12th grades
Fee: $175 – $200

SKyPAC is excited to partner with the Missoula Children’s Theatre this summer where youth actors will be active participants in every phase of staging a full-length theatrical production of Aladdin. Week concludes with performances.

July 20 – 24
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fees: $150 – $175

Visual Arts Camp – In Clayworks camp, Campers will explore clay as a form of art. Campers will create a variety of clay projects throughout the week using traditional hand building techniques.

July 20 – 24
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fee: $150 – $175

Mixedworks Camp – Campers will discover new ways to create art using pastels, paint, cardboard, recycled objects and more. Campers will also learn about famous artists throughout history who helped inspire each activity.

July 27 – 31
9 a.m. – noon (Ages: 8 – 10)
2 – 5 p.m. (Ages: 11–17)
Fee: $150 – $175

Magic Camp – International Magician of the Year Kevin Spencer teaches campers how to perform some incredible tricks with everyday objects. This weeklong, half-day camp combines learning magic tricks with storytelling, music, theatre and creative movement. Through the art of magic, campers will explore their curiosity, develop their magical creativity, and discover new confidence. Students will perform tricks with ropes, cards, rubber bands, paper clips, money and even a big illusion. Students will also learn how to select music and write a script to go along with their tricks.

The Phoenix Theatre
545 Morris Alley
Bowling Green, KY 42101
www.ptkbg.org

June 1 – 5
June 8 – 12

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $100

Students will work as an acting troupe, build their own props, do scenic painting, sound, lighting, costuming and act in a play. While learning about these exciting aspects of theatre, students build self-confidence, learn teamwork, nurture their creativity and, of course, have tons of fun!

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Time to bring in a consultant

“Time to bring in a consultant,” is a phrase rarely met with excitement. Paying an outsider, labeled as an expert, to judge our processes and outcomes is a cringe-worthy prospect. With this in mind, you would think the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN) Program would be a hard sell. Through KPAN, the Kentucky Arts Council offers three- and six-hour consultancies to assist organizations and eligible individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other needs. On the contrary, this program is very popular, and many artists and organizations apply for assistance every time the program is open. Even if we’re timid or annoyed by being advised, no one can argue that the opinion of someone who is not “too close” to an organization, business or project is valuable.

The difference between KPAN and a dreaded consultancy is the “peer” aspect. Arts professionals on the Kentucky Peer Advisory directory are working artists or individuals who have operated arts organizations or arts programs.

KPAN directory

You can choose arts professionals from across the Commonwealth using our directory, or allow us to match you with the best advisor for your needs and location.

The advisors often tell me that the learning was reciprocal with the person or organization they were hired to help. If you’re interested in bringing a peer advisor to evaluate your arts business or organization, the current application deadline is June 15. If you’d like more information about this program, contact sarah.schmitt@ky.gov.

Sarah Schmitt, community arts and access director

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