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The Central Kentucky cities of Danville and Berea were among the first five communities to receive Kentucky Cultural District Certification. The honor, administered by the Kentucky Arts Council and presented by First Lady Jane Beshear and Madeline Abramson, wife of Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, is part of an effort to connect cultural assets to economic development.
The other communities to receive the designation were Covington, Paducah and Horse Cave, all of which are well known for their cultural offerings.
According to a news release from the Kentucky Arts Council, “A cultural district is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a community featuring a high concentration of cultural amenities that attract local residents and visitors alike. Cultural districts can be found in any type of community, from small and rural to large and urban. Kentucky’s program is designed to showcase each community’s unique character and assets.”
There were 26 applicants for the first round of designations. The honorees were selected by an independent panel, and the Arts Council says it will continue to work with prospective communities that hope to receive the designation.
LexArts kicked off its 2012 Fund for the Arts Campaign Wednesday morning with a breakfast and champagne toast at ArtsPlace attended by around 150 arts, business and civic leaders.
The campaign aims to raise $1.1 million, equal to last-year’s goal when LexArts had to scramble to make up a 22 percent cut in the Lexington Fayette Urban-County Government’s contribution to the cause.
Unlike past years when campaign kickoffs heavily addressed economic travails, Wednesday’s event struck an aspirational tone with speakers including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Susanne Halmi of Tiffany & Co. touting the arts as a driver of economic growth and community pride.
“We saw a community that invests in itself,” Halmi said of Tiffany’s decision last year to open a manufacturing plant in Lexington that employs 125 people. “We were thrilled to find people talented and creative to support our business.”
Since arriving in Lexington, Tiffany has provided financial and other support to LexArts and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gray cited the arts as a key factor in driving people to relocate to Lexington and touted the campaign saying, “We cannot shrink ourselves to greatness.”
LexArts President and CEO Jim Clark said after the breakfast that he has seen an increased interest in arts support recently and cited projects such as the expansion of the Living Arts and Science Center, the Lexington Philharmonic’s new commissioning program and the growth of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington as recent achievements in arts funding.
“They give us something to talk about, and to show where the support is really working,” Clark said. “The important thing is to keep growing, because as these organizations grow, they will need increased operating support.”
The breakfast highlighted the accomplishments of young artists with a string quartet from the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras performing an original composition by quartet member Dylan Rowe and 16-year-old School for the Creative and Performing Arts student Virginia Newsome discussing HeARTS, an not-for-profit group she founded to support arts education in schools. Since forming last fall, Newsome said her group had given $12,000 to support arts in schools in the United States, Haiti and Kenya.
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not watched the Feb. 14, 2012 episode of Justified, but intend to, do not read further.
On the creepy scale, tonight’s episode of Justified was way up there – for this series.
While we got some of those key broad narrative scenes, including the aforementioned first meeting between Boyd and Quarels (we’ll get to that in a few graphs), the through line of this episode was Lance, the prison nurse and rogue organ harvester who had Dewey believing he didn’t have kidneys anymore and needed to come up with $20,000 in four hours or he would die a horribly painful death. If you’re a creepy criminal like Lance, it must be good to have absolute morons like Dewey to prey on.
Anyway, we are tipped to a little organ transplant ring apparently running in Lexington – who knew we were such a bad little town? – that quickly gets checked by the episode’s end when hottie doctor Layla blows away Lance the creepy prison nurse and Raylan has to take out Layla before she pops him – Raylan apparently being able to overcome the tranquilizers that put most of Lance’s other victims into such a deep sleep he can remove their organs without them waking up.
That was this week’s short story, though in another medical storyline, we also meet a doctor in the middle of the tug-of-war between Boyd and Quarels.
The moment of the episode was the meeting between Boyd and Quarels, where they quote Thomas Jefferson and Saul Bellow to one another – talk about over-educated criminals. Quarels comes offering a partnership with Boyd, but the sincerity of that offer is as deep as their scene is long. Boyd makes it clear to Quarrels he considers him a carpetbagger in a three-piece suit, and most carpetbaggers who come to Harlan wind up dead.
We also learn, right away, that Limehouse was indeed holding out on Dickie Bennett when he told him a few hundred thousand dollars was all that was left of Mags’ money, which Dickie believed would be around $1 million. Later, we also learn that Limehouse is keeping an eye on the growing tension between Boyd and Quarrels, so Limehouse keeps getting more and more interesting.
We also had a moment that indicated Boyd still feels he has a score to settle with Dickie.
Purely judging by the tension being wound up and the title of next week’s episode, Guns Come Out (like they haven’t already, this season?), next week could bring an explosive Justified.
But the question that will be on most of our minds until then is, what was in that note Raylan appeared to receive from Winona at the end of tonight’s episode.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich