Kentucky artists called to help commemorate lives lost to COVID
By TOM LATEK, Kentucky today
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Governor Andy Beshear, who led the planting of American flags at the Capitol to Kentuckians Died From COVID-19, announced a more permanent next step to commemorate the lives lost.
“The Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage will send a request for artists to apply with their qualifications,” he said, “so that we can start the process of selecting the artist who has the vision of make this COVID memorial a meaningful and permanent one. reality here on the Capitol grounds.
The Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund was established last month and allows people to contribute to the memorial, which will be located in Monument Park.
“By May 30, artists can submit a letter of interest, their resume, professional references and examples of their past work,” Beshear said. “At this point, a minimum of five finalists will be selected, who can then submit detailed proposals from which the final design will be selected.”
The hope is to have the commission assigned an artist by August 1 and complete the memorial by March 6, 2022, in time to mark the second anniversary of the first case of the coronavirus in Kentucky.
“Artists from Kentucky or artists with Kentucky ties are especially encouraged to apply,” Beshear said. “It will be one of the most memorable moments of our life.”
During a time of great sadness, Beshear said, “It will also be a time when we remember how we came together, how we lived for each other. I hope this is a time that ushers in a new era of prosperity as we leave it, but also a time when we come out of it better people, with more compassion, understanding how connected we are all.
Artists who want to know more and apply can click here.
Kentuckians Can Help Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund here.