Cities of Louisville and Somerset to partner to support the arts

August 13, 2019

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Mayor Alan Keck, of Somerset, Ky., today announced a new partnership promoting the exchange of arts between the two cities.

“We are excited to partner with Mayor Keck and the arts community in Somerset. This collaboration will create a creative dialogue between communities in Kentucky and activate both vibrant cities by supporting our creative workforce and offering arts experiences for everyone,” said Mayor Fischer.

Kentucky is a state rich in the arts and is home to an eclectic, diverse, and talented array of artists across all platforms. Promoting, sharing, and exchanging culture and expression are central to not only our history and traditions but also to the future growth of our state.

“I’m thrilled to be promoting the arts in partnership with Mayor Fischer and Louisville. Together, we can show how cities of all sizes can collaborate to showcase the best Kentucky has to offer,” said Mayor Keck.

The idea for the collaboration came from poet Ron Whitehead, of Louisville, and visual artist Jeremy Scrimager, of Somerset. It will kick off with a more than four-hour music, poetry and art event on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Tim Faulkner Gallery, 991 Logan St. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Somerset storyteller and musician, Pearlie Jenkins, and Louisville’s Whitehead and the Storm Generation Band will co-headline the arts exchange. It will feature singer/songwriters and poetry readings, as well as art displays, by artists from both cities. 

A similar event will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, at Jarfly Brewing Company, 103 W. Mount Vernon St., in downtown Somerset. This event will start at 6 p.m.

These two kick-off events are expected to be the first of many arts exchanges between the two cities and will serve as templates for other city partnerships throughout the Commonwealth.