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Ken Clay, Kentucky Center for the Arts

Ken Clay

Over the past several years, Ken Clay has played a significant role in the development and exposure of the talents of Black artists in Louisville and the State of Kentucky. As co-founder and Executive Director of Renaissance Development Corporation, an arts administrative and presenting organization in Louisville, Ken organized and impemented numerous artistic presentations for visual and performing artists in Louisville and Kentucky.

Through grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Ken developed and directed a statewide survey of Kentucky's minority artists and implemented the first Minority Artists Conference in Kentucky. Under his leadership, his organization also published a statewide Directory of Kentucky's Minority Artists, another first in Kentucky.

In November 1983, Ken was hired as Director of Cultural Diversity for the Kentucky Center for the Arts. In this capacity, he has developed and presented culturally diverse programs, including the "Midnite Ramble", "Global Visions", "Jazz Cabaret Series", as well as "RECOGNIZE ...a Series of Relevance to Youth", and the annual "Jazz in Central Park Festival" (seven years) and other special events. In April of 2000, Ken took over the position of Director of Programming for the Kentucky Center.

Prior to his active involvement in the arts, Ken worked for the Louisville Urban League where he served as Deputy Director. He has also hosted and moderated a weekly television show which aired the concerns and issues effecting Louisville's Black community.

Ken has also served as the consultant to the Kentucky Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Southern Arts Federation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was selected to the National Task Force on Presenting and Touring the Performing Arts. Ken formerly served as Vice Chairman of the African American Heritage Foundation and is a recipient of Chicago's Kuumba Theater's 1993 Liberation Award For Presenting African American Artists and the 1999 Governor's Community Arts Award.

Program 110

Cheryl Skinner and Tripp Bratton, Musicians; Shelly Zegart, Exhibit Curator, "Kentucky Quilts: Roots and Wings"; Julie Ice, Public Relations Officer, Louisville Visual Art Association; Ken Clay, Director of Cultural Diversity, Kentucky Center for the Arts (#110)

Program 226

Mixed Media's 50th show!!! Meet Ken Clay, Director of Programming at the Kentucky Center for the Arts; David McCombs, Poet; & the E Trio. (#226)

Program 408

A photography exhibit featuring the works of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ken Clay of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Wayne Jenkins of the St. James Court Art Show, and musician Jeffrey Smith. (#408)


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