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The Kentucky Arts Extension Program is responsible for developing and promoting support for arts education and development in Kentucky counties, collaborating with the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Kentucky Arts Extension works in partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts and other local, state, and national arts organizations.

To learn more about the Kentucky Arts Extension Program, contact Melissa Bond, Program Leader: | (859) 218-4385


Mission Statement

Arts Extension improves the quality of life for communities and individuals in Kentucky through a multidisciplinary arts approach in education, research, and outreach.


To provide community and economic development, quality arts engagement, and essential skill enhancement while creating a resilient arts ecosystem through the Cooperative Extension infrastructure and framework.



Professionals in Arts Extension engage Kentucky residents through a multi-level approach, including at the county, regional, and state level. The Kentucky Arts Extension team, comprised of Arts Extension agents, support staff, associates, specialists, and faculty provide arts leadership and curriculum development to communities and residents in the commonwealth to impact 3 core areas, referred to as the Arts Extension Strategic Initiatives.


Arts Extension Strategic Initiatives

The following 3 core areas encompass the work of the Arts Extension Program:

Community & Economic Development

  • Community Design/Creative Placemaking
  • Enhancing the Creative Economy
  • Arts & Community Health

Quality Arts Engagement

  • High Quality Arts Engagement
  • Increasing Access to Quality Arts Experiences
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Development

Enhancing Essential Skills

  • Direct Arts Programming
  • Artistic Skill Development
  • Essential Skill Development


Visit the County office websites to learn more about programming in Kentucky:

Making A Difference in Pike County through Extension

Extension connects students to Jesse Stuart

Kentucky City Celebrates Bicentennial