The Arts at KET

Celebrate 100 Years of Music at the Governor's Mansion

The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion has been celebrating its 100th anniversary with special events throughout 2014–none more star-studded than the gala evening of song held on Sept. 20, when Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane Beshear, hosted “Celebrating One Hundred Years of Music at the Governor’s Mansion.” KET brings the magic of that evening to viewers with its production In Performance at the Governor’s Mansion.

The musical program, which was presented by the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Committee, the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts and UK Opera Theatre, includes performances by many of the UK Fine Arts and UK Opera Theatre’s most celebrated singers, from faculty and alumni to current students.

KET: Monday, Nov. 24 at 9/8 pm CT

Great Conversations Welcomes Philippe de Montebello

On the next Great Conversations, author and former longtime director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Philippe de Montebello discusses his new book, Rendez-vous with Art. He is interviewed by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic and longtime chief art critic for the New York Times.

As the longest-serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the museum’s history, Philippe de Montebello remains a global leader in the museum community. For Rendez-vous with Art, de Montebello set out with art critic Martin Gayford to explore how we experience art in museums and other public settings.

KET: Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10/9 pm CT

See a complete listing of this week's arts programs.

Great Conversations was recorded at de Montebello’s and Kimmelman’s recent appearance at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum. Great Conversations: Philippe de Montebello and Michael Kimmelman is a KET production. Producer-director is Tom Bickel, and executive producer is Teresa Day. Kentucky Author Forum is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum and is sponsored by the University of Louisville, in partnership with Brown-Forman and the Humana Foundation.

Math + Arts

Looking for lessons that will inspire students to do math? KET's new Math + Arts lesson plan collection on PBS LearningMedia includes exciting new ways to teach geometry, graphing, patterns, and much more using the arts.

The collection, which is designed for grades K-8, features lesson plans using dance, drama, music, and visual arts to teach math concepts.

Arts Anniversary

On November 25, 1923, Americans heard their first radio program transmitted from Great Britain, a piano concert broadcast from London and beginning with the greeting “Hello, America!”

Also this week in arts history, on November 26, 1922, Charles Schulz, an American comic-strip artist and creator of Peanuts, was born in Minneapolis. The Peanuts gang is still going strong as they star in a new movie in 2015!

And, on November, 29, 1898, C.S. Lewis, an English critic, scholar, and novelist, was born. He is best known for his books dealing factually or imaginatively with religion, especially the Chronicles of Narnia series retelling the Christian story in allegory form.

Find out what happened in the arts today and every day in the Arts Toolkit's This Day in the Arts calendar.

State of the Art


Gather with fellow art lovers to enjoy food and drink. Watch Season 7 of the Peabody Award-winning PBS series ART21: Art in the 21st Century. Then, hear from featured local artists about their processes.

  • Nov. 24 ART21: Fiction and artist Daniel Graham
  • Dec. 1 ART21: Secrets and artist Brandon Smith
  • Dec. 8 ART21: Legacy and artist Rae Goodwin

Mondays at 6 pm, Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, Lexington, Ky.

These events are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged: 859-259-2754.