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PIKEVILLE — One day after over 1,100 people gather at the East Kentucky Expo Center to discuss the region’s economic future, a considerably smaller number is expected to meet in the same venue to talk about the role of the arts in promoting development.

The Kentucky Arts Council is planning the event, dubbed “Leveraging Community: Putting arts and cultural development to work,” to be held in the Expo Center’s ballroom, Tuesday, Dec. 10. According to promotional materials advertising the event, the daylong series of workshops is targeted toward “community-based groups, organizers, local officials and leaders, policymakers, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, other community stakeholders and members of the general public who are interested in creating innovative, collaborative projects to build stronger communities and stimulate economic growth through arts and cultural engagement.”

“The Kentucky Arts Council is bringing together state and national experts to share best-practices and techniques for creating and sustaining community-based arts and cultural projects that exemplify sense of place while helping to stimulate growth, and community and economic development,” the announcement says.

Topics to be covered during the session include examples of arts-based rural community development, how to get started, finding funding, and getting help from available programs and resources.

The event will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participation is free, but those wishing to take advantage of a box lunch on site will be required to pay $10 for the lunch.

To register for the event, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/conferences/LeveragingCommunityAbout.htm.

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