FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Arts Council will provide free shuttle service Saturday, March 5, to Kentucky Crafted: The Market from the parking lot of Southland Christian Church, 2349 Richmond Road in Lexington.
Kentucky Crafted: The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature event produced each year featuring the highest quality art, craft, literature, music and food found in the state. Dozens of Kentucky Crafted and select out-of-state artists, musicians and artisanal food producers make their finest work available to the general public during the two-day event.
This year, The Market’s opening retail day coincides with a University of Kentucky men’s basketball home game on March 5, which will likely cause overflow crowds at Lexington Convention Center and in many downtown Lexington public parking areas.
The arts council is offering free parking and shuttle service to Market guests to alleviate traffic concerns. Shuttle service will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday only. The shuttle will run continuously. Parking and pick up will be located at the southeast entrance of the church, facing Home Depot.
“Parking is a routinely consistent reason why people avoid downtown during high-volume traffic times, and could be a barrier to potential Market visitors,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We’ve removed that barrier in a way that we feel is most convenient to our patrons.”
Shuttle service is available only on March 5. For more information about the service, contact David Blevins, arts council arts marketing director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 473. If you have questions about accommodations for a disability, contact Sarah Schmitt, 502-564-3757, ext. 492.
Alternatively, Lextran offers various bus routes that can also get Market guests to the Lexington Convention Center from almost anywhere around Lexington. Lextran Route 5 offers park-and-ride service from Walmart on Nicholasville Road and Man o’ War Boulevard. For more information on Lextran routes and bus fares, visit www.lextran.com.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments 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. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.