Kentucky Food+Art+Health Dialogue

This March, the Kentucky Arts Council, Owensboro Health, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, the Rural Policy Research Institute and Art of the Rural hosted a statewide conversation in Owensboro, KY about the dynamic intersection of food, art and health. Hosted at the RiverPark Center in downtown Owensboro and Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, the agenda included a series of brief presentations offering a broad understanding of the work happening at these intersections from all across Kentucky, with presenters addressing the impact of food + art + health on economic development, advancement of the arts, social cohesion, tourism, elder care, health, education and more. The sessions wrapped-up with a reception and jam session brought to you by the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the RiverPark Center, and a networking social at CYO Brewing. The second day of the convening included guided art walks, Q&A opportunities with the presenters and an informative session on how to find funding for innovative projects.

Read the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article.


1:00 p.m.                   Welcome
Mayor Tom Watson
City of Owensboro

1:15 p.m.                   Arts + Health  

Valerie Horn
Appaltree Farmacy Project, Community Farm Alliance
Link to Powerpoint

Jeremy Crowder, RN
Manager, Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Owensboro Health
Link to Powerpoint

1:45 p.m.                   Local Impact: Owensboro Dance Theatre

Link to Video

2:00 p.m.                   Arts + Elder Care Communities  

Andee Rudloff
Community Artist, TimeSlips KY Project
Link to video
Link to Powerpoint

2:15 p.m.                   Arts + Food + Tourism 

Mark Brown
Kentucky Arts Council, USDA
Link to Powerpoint 

Glenn Baker
Owsley County Arts Council
Link to Powerpoint 

Amy Potts
Communications Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Tourism, Arts, and Heritage
Link to Powerpoint 

2:45 p.m.                   Break

3:00 p.m.                   Art + Workforce Development Panel

Jessica Evans & Doug Naselroad
Culture of Recovery Project
Link to Video
Link to Powerpoint

Brenda Richardson
Art Behind Bars
Link to Powerpoint

3:30 p.m.                   Art + Armed Forces

General Nolen Bivens
Former U.S. Army General and Advisor for Creative Forces
Link to Powerpoint
Link to Video

3:45 p.m.                   Arts + Social Cohesion  

Virginia Siegel & Nicole Musgrave
The Kentucky Folklife Program “Bosnia Project”
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Carla Gover & Yani Vozos
Cornbread and Tortillas project
View Powerpoint

Michelle Howell
Bowling Green Community Farmers’ Market
Link to Powerpoint

4:30 p.m.                   Arts + Education Panel: Building a Culture 

Nick Brake, PhD
Owensboro Public Schools
Article about arts integration at Owensboro Independent Public Schools

Nick Covault
KY Governor’s School for the Arts
Link to Powerpoint

Sarah Campbell
Berea College Partners for Education
Link to Powerpoint

5:00 p.m.                   International Bluegrass Music Museum Reception & Jam Session
Brought to you by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the RiverPark Center and the International Bluegrass Music Museum

6:00 p.m.                   Dinner on your own

8:00 p.m. –               Networking Opportunity: Karaoke Night at CYO Brewery


Sandi Curd moderates a panel focused on funding creative cross-sector projects. From left to right, Sandi Curd, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation; General Nolen Bivens, Creative Forces; Tony Watkins, Community Foundation for Western Kentucky; Robi Fauser Fink, United States Department of Agriculture; Bob Reeder, Rural LISC, Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Chris Cathers, Kentucky Arts Council.

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
1201 Pleasant Valley Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
Central Standard Time

8:30 a.m.                   Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m.                   Art Walks                                    

9:15 a.m.                    Welcome
Greg Strahan, President & CEO of Owensboro Health

9:20 a.m.                   Q&A with Conference Presenters

Moderators: Sandi Curd & Debbie Zuerner Johnson  

Panelists:                   Gen. Nolan Bivens      Brenda Richardson

Nick Brake                  Nick Covault               Virginia Siegel  

Sarah Campbell          Valerie Horn                Carla Gover

Michelle Howell           Andee Rudloff             Yani Vozos     

10:00 a.m.                Break

10:15 a.m.                Funding Food + Art + Health

General Bivens, Creative Forces
Tony Watkins, Community Foundation for Western Kentucky
Robi Fauser Fink, United States Department of Agriculture
Bob Reeder, Rural LISC, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Chris Cathers, Kentucky Arts Council

11:30 a.m.                Upcoming Opportunities
Savannah Barrett, Art of the Rural and RUPRI 

Link to Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange website
Link to Next Generation website

11:40 a.m.                Next Steps
Sandi Curd, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

What will you do in your community as a result of this conversation?

This event developed as a result of the 2016 Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Kentucky Working Group, and is spearheaded by Sandi Curd (Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation), Debbie Zerner-Johnson and Erica Wade (Owensboro Health), Joe Berry (Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation), Chris Cathers and Todd Cremeans (Kentucky Arts Council), and Savannah Barrett (Art of the Rural/RUPRI).

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