Preserving the Arts at Kentucky Museum

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Tucked away between the hills of Western Kentucky University’s campus is the Kentucky Museum. Known fairly well among the Bowling Green community, however not visited very often by the WKU student community.

With President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, the National Endowment of the Arts has potential to receive less funding. The Kentucky Museum, falling under these types of funding for the arts, could feel the effects of the cuts, should this legislation pass.

Kentucky Museum director Brent Bjorkman says it’s important to keep as much funding as possible for the arts.

“It’s important to honor and validate the tradition and presence of the history of art shown throughout Kentucky,” says Bjorkman.

One of the historic art displays currently at the Kentucky Museum is the basket making exhibit. After a year of hand building sets, searching for donations, grants, and writing all the historic information, Mr. Bjorkman produced his first installation as the Kentucky Museum director.

“It’s a way for the Kentucky Folk-life Program to document, present, and conserve the culture and heritage of the Commonwealth,” said Bjorkman.

The basket making display is currently available for public viewing through April 8. More information about the Kentucky Museum can be found at



by Madison Ogg

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