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Sarah Bowker
Communications Director

419 Charles E. Barnhart Building Lexington, KY 40546-0276

Community Arts Engagement Resources

Community Arts Engagement Resources

Community Arts Programming & Engagement

Community Arts programming serves diverse community needs and is quick to adapt to the interests of local populations by creatively engaging communities through art activities, events, public art and performances and more.

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State-Level Programming Highlights

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SPARK! Extension Toolkit for Creative Placemaking

This publication, SPARK! Extension Creative Placemaking Toolkit, provides thirteen activities that Extension professionals can use to integrate creative placemaking efforts in extension programming. The activities can be offered alone or in sequence with other activities shared in the toolkit as part of creative placemaking endeavors in communities.

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Kentucky Camp Mural Project

Community Arts Extension and 4-H are collaborating on a multi-year project to boost morale and place identity for youth across the state by designing and installing new murals at each of the 4-H Camps in Kentucky.

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Mind.Art.Recovery.KY Curriculum

The MARK curriculum presents sampling of art projects and techniques including journal-making, watercolor, collage, poetry, print-making and charcoal lessons for participants to use along their journey to increased wellness.

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School of Art and Visual Studies Fine Arts Institute

The Fine Arts Institute opens their doors to the local artistic community as a place to learn anew or expand on existing creative skills. Classes and workshops are open to the public, those 18 years and older, in order to provide community learning opportunities that utilize the university’s state-of-the-art facilities.

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UK Art Museum Digital Learning Gallery

The UK Art Museum and College of Fine Arts proudly present the Digital Learning Gallery. Explore images and gain access to interesting information and creative activity prompts with this gallery.

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County Programming Highlights









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Natural Fabric Dyeing

Boone Community Arts has partnered with Horticulture to establish a dye garden containing a variety of traditional plants used for natural dyes which allows for exploration in safer and more sustainable art processes. Adult programing includes eco-printed silk scarves and botanical wall hangings created by flower-pounding, with more opportunities to come.

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Creative Writing Inspiration Series

The Inspiration Series was created for those that wish to build their creative writing skills with new, fun activities and prompts each month.

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Watercolor Classes

Community Arts partners with 4-H to host activities for youth like watercolor painting.

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Preschool Arts Day

Preschool Arts Day is a fun morning of learning for little ones, ages 3-5. Children enjoy games, stories, music, dance and more.

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Youth Music Classes

Introducing youth to simple ballads and songwriting, rhythm, and instrument petting zoo.

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Summer Arts Day Camp

Four days of exploration in art, dance, theatre and music for 1st through 5th graders.

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Ukulele Club

This club was created in order to provide training with life skills, musicianship, leadership, communication, and responsibility. All skill levels are welcome in the club due to the mentor/mentee process. Age is not the determining factor for mentorship. This allows for club members of all ages to participate and share their knowledge and skill with each other. A long term goal of this group is to have a performing group that can provide entertainment at local meetings and events.

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Greenup County Farmers Market

The Greenup County Farmers Market is an all-encompassing shopping and event destination for the community! Greenup County Farmers Market has now grown to over 40 vendor members that offer a variety of artisan-crafted handmade and homemade items along with fresh fruits, vegetables, and value-added consumables.

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Greenup Old Fashion Days

Greenup Old Fashion Days (OFD) is one of the longest-running community festivals in the state. Now in its 56th year, Greenup OFD spans three days and involves thousands of people through partnerships, performances, vendors, contests, and special events. UK Community Arts is proud to serve on the planning committee for this special event.

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Appalachian Symphony

Appalachian Symphony is a musical collective providing free music lessons and performance opportunities to people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. The program is completely free and increases music education access for people living in low-income conditions as well as providing an inclusive atmosphere that welcomes all individuals.

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Procreate : Digital Art Class Series

In 2023, Pike County Arts offered an introduction to a new art medium- digital art, using an app called Procreate.

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Voices of Pike

Voices of Pike began in 2018 as an annual poetry contest meant to encourage Pike County's youth to express themselves through creative writing, to think critically about the world around them, and to inspire unity and progress. Each year, the contest centers a Kentuckian of note and uses a quote of theirs as the prompt.

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Quilt Block Painting

Quilt block painting workshops acknowledge regional quilting heritage while building visual art and applied math skills.

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Mudslingers Pottery Club

Community Arts partners with Family & Consumer Sciences to host and offer instruction for the Mudslingers Pottery Club.

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Happy Chippers Woodworking Club

A Family & Consumer Sciences (formerly Homemakers) WoodworkingClub that meets regularly with assistance from Community Arts to offer instruction in routing, carving, wood burning and more.

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Monthly Artist Exhibitions and Receptions

These events showcase artist talents, creating a rich and vibrant cultural experience for visitors. The exhibitions give artists the confidence to set new goals and challenges, helping to further develop their art and contribute to the thriving arts scene in Whitley County.

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Wood Carving Program

Whitley Community Arts collaborated with a passionate wood carving enthusiast to offer a comprehensive carving class that fosters a sense of community, cultural heritage, and camaraderie among wood carving enthusiasts.

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Art Journaling Club

Community Arts collaborates to offer monthly art journaling club meetings to boost skill development in creative writing and a variety of art media.

Contact Community Arts Extension Staff in Your Area!

Reach out to inquire or collaborate with one of our Community Arts Extension staffmembers on future projects in your county! We'll get back with you as soon as we wash the paint off our hands.

Program Contact:

Melissa Bond

Program Leader, Community Arts Extension

859-257-7272 404 C.E. Barnhart Building Lexington, KY 40546

Contact Information

Sarah Bowker
Communications Director

419 Charles E. Barnhart Building Lexington, KY 40546-0276