Louisville artist Lynn Dunbar achieved a unique distinction earlier this year when she was selected to be the artist for the officially licensed Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks posters.
Dunbar earned that commission through her affiliation with the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. Kentucky Crafted is an adjudicated arts marketing program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand have been adjudicated by an independent panel of professional artists and leaders within the arts community.
The arts council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program from June 15 through Aug. 15. Applicants must be visual and craft artists who do original work in any medium, are full-time residents of Kentucky and are 18 years of age or older. They should also have a well-developed body of work and some marketing experience.
Officials with Atlanta-based CAA Sports Licensing (formerly Fermata Partners), said collaboration with the Kentucky Arts Council, including consulting the arts council’s adjudicated Kentucky Crafted directory helped in selecting Dunbar for the distinction.
Dunbar said being in Kentucky Crafted lends a great degree of credibility to her work as an artist.
“I’m honored to be in Kentucky Crafted,” Dunbar said. “It’s like I’ve got the state’s endorsement. I feel like it makes me a better artist. It helps present me as a professional.”
In addition to the networking benefits, Kentucky Crafted artists are eligible to use the Kentucky Crafted logo on their websites and any printed material, including merchandise tags; exhibit at The Kentucky Crafted Market; be included in the arts council’s online directory for artists; sell work at the Governor’s Derby Celebration; and take advantage of cooperative advertising opportunities.
For more information about the program, contact Dave Blevins, arts council arts marketing director, at email@example.com.
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.