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LexArts 2019 Fund for the Arts campaign set to launch March 12

LEXINGTON, Ky. — LexArts, Lexington’s United Arts Fund and community arts council, will renew its commitment to raising funds on behalf of — LexArts, Lexingtons United Arts Fund and community arts council, will renew its commitment to raising funds on behalf of Lexingtons arts community at a campaign kickoff and arts showcase at noon on Tuesday, March 12th, at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington.
Arts administrators, area business leaders, Mayor Gorton and local government officials, artists, arts patrons, arts lovers and others will gather at the historic Kentucky Theatre on Tuesday, March 12th to officially launch the 2019 Fund for the Arts campaign. The arts showcase is free and open to the public and a complimentary lunch will be served to all guests.
The event will be hosted by LexArts President CEO, Nan Plummer, along with LexArts Board Chair, John Cioci, and 2019 Campaign Chairs Suzanne Elliott, Jim Elliott, Jill Hall Rose, and Fran Taylor.The program will include special guest performances and activities by several of LexArts partner and grantee organizations a trumpet fanfare from the Lexington Philharmonic, traditional Irish dancers from Bluegrass Ceili Academy, a scene from Bluegrass Operas original Mary Todd, a violin concerto featuring Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and Lexington Philharmonic, a special performance of Lexington Childrens Theatres High School Musical, and a teen poetry howl with Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.There will also be pre-program activities with Living Arts Science Center and Lexington Art League.The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Young Talent Performs to Benefit Local Arts Ed

He attended a 2017 camp in Nashville and a 2018 experience in Los Angeles and became the featured artist on the Nashville album on SoundCloud.
Harrison Finks and Evie Grace Fowler belied the event’s title as they quickly proved to be established performers, comfortable in the intimate setting of UTM’s Blankenship Recital Hall.
Finks, at 16, brought an extensive resume to his piano bench, including back up for American Idol finalist Jessica Meuse, sitting in with BB King’s All Stars and Memphis Soul Remedy, a regular gig with a Beale Street band and playing organ and piano at his ethnically diverse church in his hometown of Memphis. Fowler, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter proved equally adept at expressing her own lyrics and the familiar phrases of several pop tunes.
Her original song “Last Days,” included in Monday night’s set, was released in April of 2018 and can be found on iTunes and other outlets.As frequent contributors of talent to various fundraisers, the couple was drawn to this most recent endeavor partly because of ties to the area.
Finks’ grandparents Joe and Shirley Willhite are Martin residents and his grandmother was a professor at UT Martin for more than 30 years. Both sets of Fowler’s grandparents (Linda and Travis Shumate and Paula and Randy Chapman) are Union City residents.
The concert benefitted the UTM Community Music Academy and the fledging Weakley Arts Can advocacy effort which Dr. Julie Hill, the chair of UTM’s Department of Music and one of the hosts Monday evening, is helping to launch.
In a meet and greet reception for the artists and supporters prior to the concert, Hill reflected on the course-setting encouragement she received as a young music student at Martin Elementary. She then expressed regret that overall the arts have “declined in the area, in our schools and communities.
”“Students need the opportunity to draw, to act, to dance, to play,” she said. “That’s what tonight is about.
”The Community Music Academy provides affordable music lessons for young people in western Tennessee and Kentucky. The Weakley Arts Can organizers are looking to increase interaction with the arts for students across the county beginning with a request for yearlong elementary music and art.

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