A showcase of Kentuckys best and brightest performers, featuring music, dance, dramatic readings, poetry, and more.
In Performance at the Governors Mansion is an annual series showcasing the depth and breadth of outstanding Kentucky artists and arts groups. Former Gov. Paul E. Patton and his wife, Judi, initiated the series, welcoming artistsand a statewide audience via KETto the mansion two to three times each year.
Most performances are taped in the Governors Mansion Ballroom, though one program each year is taped in a larger venue to accommodate groups requiring larger spaces in which to perform. The series is closed-captioned for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
This series is made possible by a generous grant from Ashland Inc. The project is a partnership among the Governors Office (Special Projects and the Governors Mansion); the Secretarys Office, Cabinet for Education, Arts and Humanities; and KET.
Selection of Artists
Criteria taken into consideration in selecting performing talent includes
- artistic merit
- balance and diversity (artists/groups considered from across the state and representing a wide variety of disciplines, ethnic and cultural groups, etc.)
- appropriateness to the venue, to television, and to the overall program theme/format
Interested artists are encouraged to contact one of the series partners for more information.
Sky Yancey is the regular series emcee. For many years the news anchor for WTVQ, Channel 36 in Lexington, she regularly co-hosts the Lexington Arts and Cultural Councils annual Night with the Arts, a showcase of Lexington arts groups. From time to time, guest hosts make special appearances. One such host is Byron Crawford, popular columnist for The Courier-Journal and former host of KETs Kentucky Life.
Seasons 2-5 were made possible
by a generous grant from Ashland Inc.