Smith Named by Kentucky Arts Council to Advisory Board

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Kristel Smith, executive director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Center at Eastern Kentucky University, is one of 12 community leaders and business executives named by the Kentucky Arts Council to an advisory board for the Kentucky Creative Industry research study that it commissioned in January.

The group, a diverse mix of professionals representing the business, arts and tourism industries, will help Mt. Auburn Associates, the firm conducting the study, as they work to quantify the activities of Kentucky’s creative industry.

Additional members of the advisory group are:

♦ Barbara Atwood, deputy commissioner, Kentucky Department of Parks

♦ Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

♦ Victoria Faoro, executive director, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

♦ Hal Goode, president and CEO, Kentucky Association for Economic Development

♦ Aimee Hiller, senior vice president for administration, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

♦ Ed Lane, publisher and CEO, The Lane Report

♦ Todd Lowe, president, Parthenon LLC

♦ Holland Spade, chief of staff, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

♦ Bob Stewart, secretary, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

♦ Randall Vaughn, chairman and president, GNF Architects and Engineers P.S.C.

♦ Roxi Witt, executive director, RiverPark Center

Conducted by Mt. Auburn Associates and commissioned by the arts council, the Kentucky Creative Industry research study will include a baseline assessment of the commonwealth’s creative industry and will serve as a critical tool for future planning and policy development. The final report will cover research and analysis of Kentucky’s creative and cultural assets, and will also include an examination of relationships between creative industries and other clusters in the state’s economy, a look at key stakeholders to evaluate the broad spectrum of the arts in Kentucky and more.

Smith, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern University and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Kentucky, joined the EKU staff in 2003.

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.

Published on May 27, 2014