Kentucky Arts Council News Release: Webinars scheduled for artists interested in applying for Al Smith Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award, Performing Artists Directory

Post By: The SKyPAC
Date: January 14, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council will offer webinars to assist artists seeking to apply for the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award or Performing Artists Directory.

These webinars will help explain the online application process for those programs, and arts council staff will answer questions from potential applicants.

Artists interested in applying for the Al Smith Fellowship or an Emerging Artist Award can attend a webinar at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Jan. 19. Artists interested in applying to the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory can attend a webinar at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 or 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Jan. 26. All webinars will occur on Eastern Standard Time.

Applicants interested in registering for an Al Smith Fellowship or Emerging Artist Award webinar can go to and those artists interested in registering for the Performing Artists Directory webinar can go to

The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships are unrestricted $7,500 awards given to Kentucky artists who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work.

The arts council’s Emerging Artist Award is an unrestricted $1,000 award to early-career, professional Kentucky artists who demonstrate excellence and creativity in their work.

The Performing Artists Directory is an adjudicated roster of Kentucky performing artists used by in-state and out-of-state presenters and others as a resource for identifying artists for performance bookings and projects.

For more information on the webinars, contact Tamara Coffey, arts council individual artist director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 479, or

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.