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KMAC Museum, Louisville

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KMAC Museum is an American museum located in the West Main District of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, which "explores the relationship between art and craft by identifying art as big ideas and craft as the intersection between process, materials and labor." It is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the Fund for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council, as well as many public and private donors.HistoryFounded in 1981 by Phyllis George Brown, then First Lady of Kentucky and former Miss America, the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation was started to build interest in Kentucky's rich craft and art resources. With the help of Mary Shands, the start of the center began with ease.In 1984 the organization moved into the lower level of a West Main Street building to have more space for things like a gift shop. When the move occurred the west district of downtown Louisville had low occupancy rates for the buildings. The location of several museums like the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft helped revitalize this area of downtown.Since 1984 the organization has presented hundreds of exhibitions, reaching approximately 100,000 viewers and students annually. By 1991 the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation has tried to be a leader in the community of preserving Kentucky's heritage in its arts and crafts. It has held several promotion events to help improve its goal.Over ten years ago the organization recognized the importance of including educational programming as part of their mission. In 1990 the state's educational system had been restructured resulting in the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). The museum's educational programs are tightly connected to the KERA goals of combining art education with other subjects such as history, social studies, mathematics and language arts. Over the years, their educational programming has expanded and its focus has continued to increase their work with schools in Jefferson County and throughout the state.
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  • This is a wonderful jewel and must visit for those who enjoy art in Kentucky. The museum has a flowing layout with exposed brick and that vintage building feel. The front desk was welcoming, explainin...  more »
  • The newly renovated museum is open and full of eye-candy. The exhibitions included primarily modern art and the folk art was presented with a modern vibe. Take time to read the descriptions of the art...  more »
  • Easy to find and navigate and FREE. Exhibits were forgettable and that should never be a word used with contemporary art. I can't even explain why. In comparison, 21C (just a few doors away) is much e...  more »
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  • Great art exhibits. When I went, it was free entrance. Educational exhibit. Nice coffee and pastry shop, too.
  • It's a FREE contemporary art museum with a slant towards local crafts. They also have a cafe and hands on area. It's not spectacular but is really cool and just super clean. The art is unique and they have a nice thing going. Also it's super central so you can just go there between things downtown - you can't beat free museums.
  • Great as usual - visited between main exhibitions but the Folk Art exhibit was still worth the visit.
  • My daughter is 3 and had a great time! I would recommend for children 3-10.
  • Nice for kids first museum experience. Related art works they could appreciate.

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