‘The Future of Black Artists in Kentucky 2017’

“The Future of Black Artists in Kentucky 2017: Building New Connections for an Arts and Culture Renaissance” is a program on how to have a creative life in Louisville. As serendipity will have it, African-American sculptor Ed Hamilton recently told LEO Weekly (“A Q&A with artist Ed Hamilton, creator of the Lincoln Memorial” on leoweekly.com) sage advice on that subject: “For those of you who wish to become future artists, remember that nothing comes easy, and an art career is not for the faint of heart … yet it can be the most rewarding thing that you have done in your life.” Presented by Roots & Wings, Bridge Kids International and IDEAS xLab, the short-and-long-term goals of the conference are to give the necessary tools to performing and visual artists so they can do what they want to do. My favorite topic is “No Such Thing as a Starving Artist,” a how-to-do manual for making a living as an artist. The program is also creating an African-American Arts and Culture plan, just in time for the Greater Louisville Arts Master Plan. Advice will come from the Circle of Elders composed of African-American arts and cultural leaders from Kentucky.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1-7 p.m. | Free
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

About the Author

‘The Future of Black Artists in Kentucky 2017’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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