Share our Success: Jama Watts

Congratulations to Jama Watts of These Precious Things, who was recently accepted as a Kentucky Crafted artist. Her work shown here was on display at the Capitol Rotunda during the month of February. Way to go Jama!

Ky Arts Advocacy Day - Feb 10

(information from the artsky.org website)

Arts Advocacy Day — Make your voice heard!
Join us in Frankfort on February 10, 2010.

Come to Frankfort to support the Arts! With the current challenging economy, particularly in the arts, your active participation this year will be crucial to make sure that the arts are supported in Kentucky.

While attending Arts Day (brought to you by the Kentucky Arts Council), you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about arts advocacy efforts and arts education. Learn how you can become more involved and more effectively support the arts and arts education in your community by attending workshops being offered on these topics (brought to you by Arts Kentucky.)

Who should come: Arts supporters, Artists, Arts administrators, Arts organization board members, Arts educators… anyone with a passion for the arts.

When and where? February 10, 2010 at the Capitol building in Frankfort, starting at 9:30am. Click here for directions and parking.

Agenda for the Day:
9:30am Rally for the Arts in the Capitol Rotunda
10:30am to 2pm Meet with Legislators
2pm to 5pm Arts Advocacy and Arts Education workshops (sponsored by Arts Kentucky)
at The Grand Theatre in Frankfort

◦2 to 3:30pm -- Workshop: Connecting with Elected Officials year-round
◦3:30 - 5pm -- Workshop: Implementing Arts Assessments in Schools (Robert Duncan)
◦3:30 - 5pm -- Presentation: The importance of Arts and Arts Education (Harry Pickens)

(For information on activities being presented by the Kentucky Arts Council, click here)

What can I do to prepare?
1. Share this information with your friends, co‐workers and other arts supporters – encourage them to come with you!

2. Email Arts Kentucky or call 1‐877‐561‐0701 to receive advance materials and register for the workshop.

3. Visit this page regularly for updates and materials; share this flyer with your friends and other arts supporters, or direct them to this website.

4. Make an appointment to meet your legislator on the 10th (Arts Kentucky can help you).

5. On Arts Day, wear bright blue and look for the Arts Kentucky “welcome wagon” when you park at the visitor’s parking garage. We will give you helpful info for the day.

What good will it do?
A lot! Legislators are making tough choices about funding and arts education, and they need to know that their constituents care about both. Your presence will send a strong message that you care, and you vote!

Want to do more?
Travel with us to Washington for National Arts Advocacy Day!
Led by Americans for the Arts, the national arts advocacy day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organization and hundreds of grassroots advocates to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased funding for the arts.

Held April 12-13, 2010, this annual event in Washington, DC provides legislative updates, advocacy training, and effective meeting schedules with Congressional legislators and their staff. You will meet arts advocats from across the nation and share ideas and strategies that will help you for years to come.

Click here to read more about it and register with Americans for the Arts. If you decide to attend, please email us so we know to expect you and your delegation.

Leave Your Hat On February Giveaway!

We are happy to announce that a winner has been randomly selected in our January giveaway from GlorybeHerbals. Our winner is Khella of Great Britian. Congratulations, your bath salts are being sent to you by Jackie. Thanks to everyone that entered, we had a great response in January! And thanks to Jackie for sponsoring the month of January.

This month's giveaway is our biggest one yet, valued up to $30! Our February giveaway is a very stylish crocheted hat from Kellibeans AND an art card too! We have an exciting slide show to let you view some of Kelli's very original creations. I am sure you will have a hard time choosing!

What you can win:

One free hat of your choice from the kellibeans artfire shop
and one free Art Card of your choice from the kellibeans etsy shop.
Retail Value: Up to $30

How to win:

1. Visit the kellibeans artfire shop and etsy shop and leave a comment here about an item you like or ask a question of Kelli. One entry is allowed for the artfire shop and one for the etsy shop. (maximum of two chances)

2. Follow the Bluegrass etsy team blog if you are not already a follower. Let us know you are following by commenting below. (one chance to win)

3. Subscribe to the Bluegrass etsy emails from this blog if you are not already a subscriber. Let us know you have subscribed in a comment below. (one chance to win)

4. Post about this contest on your own blog and leave us the link below for your blog. (one chance to win)

5. Tweet about this contest from your twitter account and leave us your twitter name. (one chance to win)

6. Make a purchase from either of Kelli's shops for 3 chances to win. List the transaction ID in three separate comments below. (up to 6 chances to win if you purchase from both shops)

Kelli will draw a random winner on Sunday, February 28. Stay tuned and good luck!