Kentucky artists who wish to be considered for inclusion in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory must apply by April 15.

The Teaching Artists Directory is an online roster of Kentucky artists who have produced high-quality work and have the skills and competencies needed to collaborate with teachers to design and implement arts residencies in Kentucky schools. Schools that apply for and receive arts council Teaching Art Together grants select their teaching artists from the Teaching Artists Directory.

Singer/songwriter Marcus Wilkerson of Lexington is in the Teaching Artists Directory, as well as the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory. He has brought his lessons and workshops to classrooms in Breathitt, Casey, Fayette, Garrard and Jefferson counties.

“Being in the directory means you belong to a long legacy of Kentucky artists with a region specific experience,” Wilkerson said. “For many of us, it means you belong to a family, as we establish a kind of kinship that transcends race and region.”

He encourages other artists to share their creative gift with Kentucky students.

“The Kentucky Arts Council helps artists who want to continue to further their knowledge of their craft and provide access to opportunities to work in arts education,” Wilkerson said. “Many of these opportunities teach us how to best contribute to communities within and outside our local sphere that are in need of enrichment.”

For more information or to apply, visit the Teaching Artists Directory page of the arts council website, or contact Samuel Lockridge, arts council education director, at samuel.lockridge@ky.gov or 502-892-3124.

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.

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