Somerset and Louisville have a difference of about 750,000 people, give or take, several museums, galleries and concert venues, and exactly one gigantic baseball bat.
But there’s one thing that they very much have in common: a dedication to the arts.
On Tuesday, Somerset Mayor Alan Keck and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, announced a new partnership promoting the exchange of art between the two cities.
“It’s a big deal,” Keck told the Commonwealth Journal. “… I have a vision to promote all that Kentucky has to offer, and I think this partnership is a path in that direction.”
While the Louisville arts scene is a fruitful one, based as it is in the state’s largest metropolis, Somerset has been making waves itself as of late. Last October, the KET program Kentucky Life came to Jarfly Brewing Co. to showcase several local artists and musicians for television. Master Musicians Festival has steadily gained a reputation as a destination for major international artists to perform alongside homegrown talent over the years, and earlier this year, Somerset’s own Flashback Theater Co. became the first theater in the country to stage a new play by Kentucky playwright William McCann in “Boats Against the Current.”
Said Fischer, “We are excited to partner with Mayor Keck and the arts community in Somerset. This collaboration will create a creative dialogue between communities in Kentucky and activate both vibrant cities by supporting our creative workforce and offering arts experiences for everyone.”
Ron Whitehead, a Louisville-area poet and writer, has visited Somerset to share his talents before, and Keck said that the idea for the partnership came about as the result of a collaboration between Whitehead and local artist Jeremy Scrimager.
“They felt like both cities had booming art communities and asked if Mayor Fischer and I would put our political weight behind…