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KY Derby Art

Horse Blanket
Kentucky Arts Council News Release
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
April 29, 2010
Contact: Ed Lawrence
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 473
School children paint colorful canvases for Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort
FRANKFORT, KY — Visitors to the Capitol on Derby Day morning will be able to enjoy their breakfast on picnic tables transformed into horses for the Governor's Derby Celebration. Each of the 50 horses will don tablecloths fashioned as "horse blankets" painted by Kentucky school children, demonstrating the unbridled spirit of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Arts Council invited schools from across the Commonwealth to participate in the Derby project on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear.
"We are very pleased to have schools from as far away as Fulton County in the west and Floyd County in the east be a part of the festivities for the Governor's Derby Celebration," said First Lady Jane Beshear.

Participating schools are:
  • Benton Middle School, Marshall County
  • Boyd County Middle School, Boyd County
  • Bridgeport Elementary School, Franklin County
  • Carlisle County Middle School, Carlisle County
  • Crittenden County Elementary School, Crittenden County
  • Crossroads Elementary School, Campbell County
  • Cumberland County Elementary School, Cumberland County
  • Frankfort High School, Franklin County
  • Frankfort Middle School, Franklin County
  • Franklin County High School, Franklin County
  • Fulton Independent School, Fulton County
  • Good Shepherd School, Franklin County
  • Hannah McClure Elementary School, Clark County
  • Hartstern Elementary School, Jefferson County
  • Heath High School, McCracken County
  • Hickman County Elementary School, Hickman County
  • Jessamine Early Learning Village, Jessamine County
  • Junction City Elementary, Boyle County
  • Maryhurst School, Jefferson County
  • McKinney Elementary School, Lincoln County
  • Prestonsburg Elementary School, Floyd County
  • Reidland Middle School, McCracken County
  • Shelby County High School, Shelby County
  • The Kings Center, Franklin County
  • West Jessamine Middle School, Jessamine County
A slideshow of the "horse blankets" can be viewed online at http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Derby/HorseBlankets/index.html.

The Governor’s Derby Celebration will be on the state Capitol grounds from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 1, 2010, and is open to the public. This year's celebration offers plenty of color, excitement, entertainment, children's activities and, of course, food. There will be a nominal charge for the food ($1 per item), but there will be plenty of free fun for the entire family. For more information, go to www.governor.ky.gov/derbycelebration.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Photo: Horse picnic table for Governor's Derby Celebration with "blanket" painted by the 1st grade classes of Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Woods at Hannah McClure Elementary School, Winchester, KY

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