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 application process for those programs, and arts council staff will answer questions from potential applicants about topics like deadlines, application narratives and how to submit work samples.

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.

This round of funding for Al Smith Fellowships and Emerging Artist Awards will go to literary artists in four categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and screen/playwriting, however artists of any discipline may register for the webinars.

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.

Webinars for artists interested in applying for the Al Smith Fellowship or Emerging Artist Award will follow this schedule:

  • Dec. 18, 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 19, noon
  • Jan. 9, 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 10, noon

Webinars for artists interested in applying for the Performing Artists Directory will follow this schedule:

  • Dec. 19, 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 20, noon
  • Jan. 9, noon
  • Jan. 10, 5 p.m.

All webinars will occur on Eastern Standard Time.

Applicants interested in registering for a Performing Artists Directory webinar can go to http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Showcasing/PADworkshop-Reg.htm.

Applicants interested in registering for a webinar on the Al Smith Fellowship or Emerging Artists Award can go to http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Showcasing/ASFworkshop-Reg.htm.

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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