On July 22nd, Kentuck’s Board of Directors made the unprecedented decision to cancel the in-person 49th Kentuck Festival of the Arts because of the COVID-19 crisis. In lieu of the in-person Festival, Kentuck will be hosting a virtual celebration of our already-juried 2020 festival artists—the Kentuck Festival of the Arts Virtual Marketplace.

The Kentuck Festival Virtual Marketplace is an online space for artists to connect with Kentuck customers despite current public health concerns. The Marketplace will be the center of the action and will include each participating artists’ online shop where they can list art for sale and create videos to demonstrate their craft. Also included will be a calendar of live and prerecorded content, a “No Show” VIP program, and corporate partnership opportunities. The Marketplace will go live October 10, 2020 at 9:00am!

it's good to be a no show!

This year the Kentuck Festival has morphed into the Kentuck Festival of the Arts Virtual Marketplace—your one-stop-shop for unique art from your favorite Kentuck artists. Normally, we have a special VIP program for our Very Important Patrons out there, and we didn't want to leave you high and dry just because COVID scrambled everyone's plans! 


NO SHOW VIPs will receive:

  • FIRST ACCESS to a limited supply of t-shirts*

  • The first 50 VIPs to register receive a collectible Kentuck VIP badge and lanyard*

  • A printed artist listing to help you shop smarter, not harder*

  • Your name listed in the VIP section of the Kentuck Virtual Marketplace until December 31, 2020

  • Warm fuzzy feelings because YOU are helping support the arts during a crisis

  • Most importantly, it means NO porta-potties, NO standing in line, and NO pants required. Have fun shopping from the safety of your couch!

To stay up to date on all things Kentuck Festival of the Arts Virtual Marketplace, please sign up for our newsletter. Because this is a new endeavor for our organization, you can expect many updates in the near future. Stay tuned! 

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© 2020 by Kentuck Art Center.

Kentuck Art Center and Festival was established in 1971. Kentuck's mission is to perpetuate the arts, engage the community, and empower the artist. The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is held annually in October, and during that weekend, makes a $5.5 million economic impact on its community.

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