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LEXINGTON, KY. (August 16, 2023) – During the East End Celebration this weekend, Art Inc. Kentucky, an artist incubator supported by Community Ventures, will host Lexington’s second annual East End Arts and Music Festival at Artists’ Village Art Park on Goodloe Street on Saturday August 19. This free late summer festival showcases the artistic talents of local and regional creatives. Attendees can enjoy live music, artist booths, food vendors, live artist demonstrations, and children’s activities.
“Art has the ability to bridge demographics and bring communities together and the East End Arts and Music Festival does just that while giving visitors an opportunity to appreciate the creative talents of some of Kentucky’s finest artists,” said Mark Johnson, East End resident and President of Art Inc. Kentucky. “We invite the public to join us to enjoy original works and the artists that create them.”
Artists’ Village residents Nancy Steele, Stephanie Batts, Kenneth Burney, and Mark Johnson will hold live demonstrations so attendees can see art in the making. Art Inc. member artists and other visiting artists will showcase their acrylic, watercolor, wood, glass, and fiber works in booths at the festival.
Food vendors at the festival include Rolling Oven, V’s Catering, Bourbon Bon Bons, and Happy Opossum Candy and Popcorn. Cool jazz and R&B tunes will be provided by central Kentucky’s Keith McCutcheon Trio and Mary Jackson. Festival goers of all ages will enjoy seeing and learning about Kentucky Reptile Zoo’s sleek and scaly friends, and can watch the creation of colorful reptile art. Other children’s activities include face painting.
The East End Arts and Music Festival is sponsored by Art Inc. Kentucky, Community Ventures, and the City of Lexington.To learn more about the East End Arts and Music Festival, visit ArtIncKentucky.org/EastEndArtsandMusicFestival.
Art Inc. Kentucky’s East End presence supports artists by providing business and marketing training, spaces to hone a craft at The Artists’ Studios, and opportunities to sell art at ArtHouse Kentucky, a retail gallery. Art Inc. Kentucky also fuels artistic talent through the Artists’ Village, a residential artist community.
In addition to the East End Arts and Music Festival, the East End celebration includes an old school dance on August 18, a family BBQ on August 19, and a Gospel Explosion on August 20. For more information about East End celebration events email EastEndFamilyReunion@gmail.com.
About Art Inc. Kentucky: Art Inc. Kentucky, supported by Community Ventures, is a non-profit, member-focused business and marketing incubator for artists and creatives. Art Inc. provides emerging and established artists with the services, resources, and educational opportunities needed to broaden their exposure, increase their income, and build long-term sustainable businesses.
About Community Ventures: Founded in 1982 as a community-based, non-profit organization, Community Ventures (CV) strengthens communities and improves the overall quality of life for Kentuckians by supporting job creation, small business ownership, and home ownership. CV is headquartered in Lexington with branch locations in Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Louisville, Mayfield, Millersburg, and Owensboro. For 21 consecutive years, CV has been named Microlender of the Year by the Kentucky Small Business Administration.