Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft announces big changes in '08

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The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft has completed an extensive strategic planning process resulting in some major changes for 2008. In addition to the introduction of new programming and educational offerings, the Museum will begin charging a nominal admission fee to view the exhibitions beginning Monday, February 4, 2008. The Museum’s Gallery Shop will remain free for all patrons, and Museum membership benefits will continue to include free admission at all times.

The Museum’s feature shows in 2008 will include Tradition and Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Contemporary Art from June through August, a traveling exhibit from the Southern Arts Federation, and the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />America Tapestry Alliance: Biennial 7 from September through December.

“We really want to focus our efforts and resources on raising the bar in terms of the conception, diversity and excitement of our exhibitions,” states Kevin O’Brien, Executive Director of the Museum. “We will continue to present folk art and traditional art and craft programming. Additionally, we will enhance this experience by presenting new exhibitions and programs that broaden our understanding and appreciation of the role of craft in art and contemporary society.”

The Museum is revamping its membership program in 2008. In addition to adding more benefits for regular members, the Museum has introduced an artist membership and also a corporate membership. Through these new endeavors, the Museum will reach out to all potential supporters by providing tailored membership options on a broader scale.

The recently launched Artist Membership Program, developed with the assistance of the Artist Advisory Council, has been extremely well received within the local and regional artist community. The benefits of the membership include expanded education, exhibition and networking opportunities, assistance with promotion of the artist’s work, and the chance to nominate and elect representatives to the Artist Advisory Council and Board of Directors.

“The Artist Membership not only gives artists an opportunity to support the Museum, but affords the entire artist community a strong voice in the Museum’s future,” states Craig Kaviar, local artist and member of the Artist Advisory Council.   

            Expanding the educational offerings is another important focus in 2008. The Museum will introduce Team Expressions, a series of Team Building Workshops specifically designed to teach groups of employees how to use creative thinking and artistic means to complete a task. The workshop attendees will use the principles of aesthetics, relevance, significance and communication to focus on a common goal and produce a work of art that can be displayed in the workplace.

            The team building workshops were developed as a joint effort between the Museum’s education staff and Gwen Orta, Director of Development. “The Team Building Workshops will help employees think outside the box and give them permission to have fun. They will return to the workplace with more focus, less stress, and a greater appreciation for their co-workers,” explains Orta. “The workshops will also help increase the Museum’s visibility by bringing more business people here, allowing them to learn more about our educational and outreach programs. Hopefully, after experiencing the benefits of the Museum firsthand, they will be more encouraged to offer support.”

            The admission fees for viewing the exhibitions will be as follows: General Admission - $5.00, Seniors and Military - $4.00, Children Under 12 and Students with ID – Free, and Groups of 10 or more - $3.00 each. If one or more of the galleries are closed due to transitioning exhibitions or a private event, admission will be half price for the day.

KMAC is online at http://www.kentuckyarts.org

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