I am a board member, Past President and longtime donor to Kentuck. It's one of the proudest investments our family foundation makes each year. Since the hiring of the new Executive Director, Amy Echols, and the strengthening of the Board of Directors, the organization completed a successful capital campaign to renovate the campus, almost doubled its budget and community support, increased its year-round programming in such creative ways that attendance across the board is at an all-time high, and completed a strategic plan for its future direction with broad input from the community. I commend Amy and the board for looking at things with fresh eyes, professionalizing Kentuck's operations and breathing new life into a treasured organization in our community.
Review from Guidestar
Where can I begin..?!
Several years ago, a young lady was hired as the Executive Director of Kentuck. Not only is she an artist, but also a long standing board member, supporter and donor. As with any new job/role, there have been growing pains; but without reservation or hesitation, I commend Amy Echols and her dedicated staff of FOUR (yes, only 4!) on a job well done!
The Board of Directors and staff plowed through a capital campaign, fund raising to renovate the museum, which brought new life and a renewed spirit to downtown Northport.
Kentuck is once again the anchor of Northport's downtown.
Art night is ever-growing and presents an opportunity for exposure for local artists. And the festival....well, seeing is believing!
I can go on and on about Kentuck, but PLEASE, DO NOT take my word as gospel; experience the greatness for yourself! Join us for:
Art Night - every 1st Thursday
Dickens Downtown - TONIGHT
monetary donation - ANYTIME
You be the judge....
Review from Guidestar
The Kentuck Arts Festival has open arms. On the third weekend of October every year, this outdoor gathering provides a magnificent environment where the tall and the small celebrate art. This year I watched again as pilgrims pranced, polished off, picked up on, and perused wondrous cross-genre offerings plucked from imagination and eased into our midst. For the first time since its inception, the young and the young-at-heart got messy and built memories at Kentuck for Kids without the enthusiastic encouragement of Carolyn Fritz, longtime volunteer and advocate who passed away earlier this year. Her spirit and generosity linger. Faith, persistence, and inclusion have secured this arts festival for 41 years. With its big heart, Kentuck grows community.