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Yah Kakabutra

Kaocrew “Yah” Kakabutra, was born in Thailand in 1989. She joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2011 after moving from Thailand to the US in 1997. Kakabutra communicates through her artworks and her loving, kind, and sociable personality.

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Grace Goad

Grace walker Goad began painting at age four, a year after she was diagnosed with moderately severe autism, speech/language disorder, and intellectual disability in 1997. Her advanced use of color and composition garnered media attention before age 10.

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Mara Clawson

Mara Clawson, born in Seoul, Korea in 1992, is a self-taught artist who paints visual stories using soft pastels, oil pastels, as well as digital technology.

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Lessons from the Pandemic: Museum Field Trip Program Thrives – During COVID-19 Pandemic

In a typical year, the Art Center of the Bluegrass in Danville, KY welcomes more than 1,000 students for free museum field trips. The last two years have been anything but typical, but thanks to innovative programming and a willingness to embrace new ideas, the Art Center’s field trip program has thrived – and expanded. Right as the pandemic hit, the Art Center received notification of a grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to expand its field trip program during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Kinkade says this grant award proved to be a catalyst for the organization. “We had to make a decision,” she explains. “Do we decline the grant and just put the field trip program on hold during the pandemic, or do we adapt and figure out how to continue meeting our …

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Art Center of the Bluegrass Announces Prize Winners of Imagining the Future of Kentucky’s Appalachia Exhibit

The Art Center of the Bluegrass is excited to announce the two prize winners for the exhibition Imagining the Future of Kentucky’s Appalachia, a regional artist call and one of three inter-related exhibits as part of the Art Center’s winter show Appalachia From the Inside: Celebrating Kentucky’s Appalachian Art and Culture. In the Upstairs Gallery through March 12th, Imagining the Future of Kentucky’s Appalachia features artwork created by nine area artists reflecting the exhibition’s theme: the future of Kentucky’s Appalachian region. The goal for this exhibition is to honor and celebrate the people of Appalachia and their rich heritage while breaking down stereotypes and projecting a bright future for the region. The exhibition includes two cash prize awards of $300 for first and $100 for second place. The two prize winners were selected this past week by the Art Center’s new …