2020 Governor's Awards in the Arts

The 2020 Governor's Awards in the Arts are made by Hopkinsville artist Willie Rascoe from reclaimed cherry wood.

The 2020 Governor’s Awards in the Arts will hold a virtual awards ceremony – 11 a.m. EST, Jan. 26, on the Kentucky Arts Council’s Facebook page, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts Facebook event page and the arts council’s YouTube channel. The ceremony will be a prerecorded video produced jointly by the Kentucky Arts Council and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. The video will be posted at 11 a.m. that day and will be available to view at your leisure.

To learn more about the Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients, visit their website. There you can find brief bios and insights into all nine awardees and some information on Hopkinsville folk artist Willie Rascoe, who created the 2020 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

In the coming weeks updated nomination information for the 2021 Governor’s Awards in the Arts will be posted.

Since many schools are conducting virtual learning, they have created a new arts education program called Teaching Art Apart. This program creates a collection of virtual lessons created by members of the arts council’s Teaching Artists Directory. The library of lessons will be available to teachers across Kentucky, including those who are home-school instructors. They are in the process of building that library, and encourage teaching artists to contact the arts education director, Samuel Lockridge, to find out how to get involved in helping with this virtual library.

Traditionally, the arts council celebrates Arts Day in Kentucky every February. This year, since gathering in the Capitol Rotunda is not feasible, they've expanded Arts Day with a virtual Arts Week in Kentucky, Feb. 22-26. The week will feature theme days covering topics like arts advocacy, education, folk and traditional arts and other areas of interest to individual artists and arts organization leaders. In conjunction with Arts Week, there will be opportunities for you to contribute your own messages in support of the arts.

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