farley art 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/4/13) – Artwork created by students at 30 Kentucky schools, including three Paducah Schools, will be featured as unique art installations on the grounds of the Old State Capitol during the Governor's Derby Celebration, May 4 in downtown Frankfort.
Students created the works for the Kentucky Arts Council's "Derby Blankets" project by painting canvases to be used as tablecloths on picnic tables at the event. Each table on the Old State Capitol grounds is fitted with a horse head and tail. The painted canvases, or "Derby blankets," are draped across the table to complete the look. This is the fourth year schools have been invited to participate in the celebration.
"The Derby Blankets project quickly became a highly anticipated feature of the annual celebration after we started it four years ago," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Many of the students travel from across the state just to see their artwork on display. This is an opportunity for the arts council to partner with our schools to create excitement and pride in the arts for the Commonwealth's children."
Students from elementary, middle and high schools created blankets for this year's celebration. The colorful blankets represent each school's unique spirit and creativity among those who work on the project.
Angie Palmer, a special education teacher for Jacob Elementary School, said her students used the project to raise awareness of autism, which affects some members of her class.
"We decided to highlight the work we do every day to tackle the uniqueness of this special gift," said Palmer. "This blanket uses the puzzle pieces to signify autism awareness, and the uniqueness of fitting the pieces together for the children that work every second of their days to combat the difficulties autism presents."
The class's Derby blanket features footprints from each student, which create the heads of horses. The horses' manes signify the colors for autism awareness. The blanket is bordered by puzzle pieces, a well-known symbol of autism awareness.
"My students each have their own unique challenges, but be assured these challenges do not prevent them from living and enjoying their lives," said Palmer. "We work daily to tackle their different abilities and create a life that is amazing."
Schools that created blankets for the project are:
 –Reidland Elementary School, McCracken County
 –Reidland Middle School, McCracken County
 –Farley Elementary School, McCracken County
 –Bremen Elementary, Muhlenberg County
 –Cannonsburg Elementary School, Boyd County
 –Shepherdsville Elementary School, Bullitt County
 –North Bullitt High School, Bullitt County
 –Bullitt Central High School, Bullitt County
 –Sandersville Elementary, Fayette County
 –Garden Springs Elementary School, Fayette County
 –Dixie Magnet Elementary School, Fayette County
 –Meadowthorpe Elementary School, Fayette County
 –Summit Christian Academy, Fayette County
 –Good Shepherd School, Franklin County
 –Lawler Elementary School, Grayson County
 –Worthington Elementary School, Greenup County
 –North Hardin High School, Hardin County
 –Woodland Elementary, Hardin County
 –Memorial Elementary, Hart County
 –Chancey Elementary, Jefferson County
 –Moore Traditional, Jefferson County
 –Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Jefferson County
 –Waller-Williams Environmental School, Jefferson County
 –Jacob Elementary School, Jefferson County
 –Johnson Central High School, Johnson County
 –River Ridge Elementary, Kenton County
 –Magoffin County High School, Magoffin County
 –Hendron Lone Oak Elementary, McCracken County
 –Hazard Independent Schools, Perry County
 –Washington County High School, Washington County
 –Walker Elementary, Wayne County
View an album of the blankets and "Like" your favorite blanket on the arts council's Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/11QBORm.
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.

SurfKY News
Information provided by the Kentucky Arts Council
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

In Other News...

Upcoming Events at Land Between the Lakes

KENTUCKY (11/26/15) — Land Between the Lakes offers a variety of fun programs for all ages and interests. Thursday,… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 24, 2015 10068

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8790

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7652

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4677

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 3314

Man Injured When Vehicle Collides with Deer

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 15928

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14497

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 26, 2015 2652

Muhlenberg Sheriff's Office Makes Cocaine Bust

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 2418

Madisonville Man Charged with Attempted Murder…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 2410

Man Hospitalized after Early Morning Car Accident

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 1725

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 1259

First United Bancorp Set to Purchase Town &…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 940

Thanksgiving is Peak Day for Cooking Fires

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 923

Hooked on Science - Pinecone Hygrometer

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 819

Farm City Breakfast Recognizes Importance of…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 691

Hopkins County Warriors Go to National…

by SurfKY News