Opportunities for artists, businesses and friends of the arts

Published 6:06 am Friday, April 13, 2018

Press release 
The Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County has received a matching grant from the Fund for the Arts in Louisville to develop an Artist Entrepreneur program. The program will pair professional artists and apprentices with the goal of working within their common artistic field and to develop business skills and a model to advance their particular art form’s marketability.
Applications are being accepted for persons to serve as mentor artists and apprentices. The program will begin in August/September and will conclude in February/March. Each mentor/apprentice team will work within their arts field. The full group will meet together to collaborate on projects, develop marketing and promotions plans, and discuss issues related to developing successful arts businesses within the community. Four to five field experiences will be planned to visit successful arts business models across the state.
Applicants from all artistic disciplines will be considered, however only applicants from Boyle County and the surrounding area   will be considered.
Artist mentors accepted into the program will be offered a stipend. Mentor/apprentice teams will have a materials allowance depending on projects and the Danville Business License fee will be covered for apprentices. Mentor/apprentice teams will participate in the November Gallery Hop.
The grant will cover most travel expenses for field experiences.
To receive an application or for additional information, contact the Arts Commission at arts@historicdanvilleky.com. Information about the grant is available at www.dbc-arts.org.

Individuals who wish to support this program through the Fund for the Arts, Arts Match may contribute on line at https://fundforthearts.org/artsmatch/ (scroll down to Arts Commission) or by mailing a check to the Fund for the Arts c/o the Arts Commission, 105 E. Walnut, Danville.KY40422. Donations received through the program will be matched $ for $ until May 31st.

                                    Photo by Mimi Becker
Kathy York of York’s Corks is set up at A&L Accessories for last year’s Gallery Hop. York creates intricate pieces and keepsakes using wine bottle corks, just a sample of the unique items up for grabs during May 31’s Gallery Hop, happening the weekend of the Great American Brass Band Festival.

Save the date: Gallery Hop is coming up
Get in the spirit of the Great American Brass Band Festival a day ahead and enjoy shopping, music, and socializing at more than 20 venues with multiple artists exhibiting and selling their work.
This year’s Gallery Hop will be 5:30-8 p.m. May 31 in downtown Danville.
Artists interested in exhibiting may contact Mimi Becker at arts@historicdanvilleky.comfor information and to register. Artists from Boyle and the surrounding counties are welcome to participate.
Businesses interested in hosting artists may also contact the Arts Commission. It’s going to be a big night, don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your business and partner with talented artists from all around the area as we welcome visitors to town.

Here’s a few other noteworthy events upcoming: 

• The Kentucky Yellow Wood Tree project is shaping up. Stop by Constitution Square or follow the Arts Commission on Facebook to see what Buck Graham and Dennis Toadvine, the sculptors of this huge wooden piece, are creating as the first piece of public art in Danville.
The Martin Luther King Remembrance Walkand program is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15. It starts at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 W. Main St., and will conclude at St. James AME Church, 124 E. Walnut St., with a community meal. The event is free and all are welcome.
Tour D’Villepostponed from last week due to weather will happen Saturday. The bike tour will meet 3 p.m. at Weisiger Plaza. The guided tour is free, but donations to the Community Arts Center are accepted. The next scheduled tour will be 1 p.m. May 5, and will benefit the Arts Commission’s Entrepreneur program. Support the arts in Danville while getting a bit of exercise and learning about our town.

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