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Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Homespun stories and handmade crafts are part of the Commonwealth’s cultural fabric, and Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a chance to partake of both.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market has been an annual event since 1982. A combination wholesale/retail event, Kentucky Crafted is a rare one-stop-shop for local art, crafts, books and more.

The state-sponsored event is the first of its kind in the nation and, according to the Kentucky Arts Council; it brings an extra one to two million dollars to the Commonwealth each year.

The event is consistently lauded. The Southeast Tourism Society recently named it as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast for Winter 2008. And, Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2007 was designated as the number one arts festival by readers of AMERICAN STYLE magazine.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is produced by the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Crafted has been heralded for its pioneering efforts in marketing the state’s crafts and is one of the few states in the country that supports its craft industry in this way.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2008 is open to the public on Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, South Wing. Over 300 exhibitors are expected.

Can’t make it? Then visit the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, located on Main Street in downtown Louisville. Items produced by local artists can be purchased there year-round.

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