Meet the innovators and the disruptors, the movers and the shakers, who are shaping the future of Kentucky and some of its best-known industries, like music and bourbon. In this short interview series, we’ll meet some of the state’s top personalities and learn how the traditions of Kentucky have helped influence them and the work they do.
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Crafted With Color
Especially known for his brightly colored “Kentucky Crafted” art, emerging artist Sebastian Duverge gains his inspiration by often walking Louisville’s Cherokee Park and through local green spaces. His use of bold, vibrant colors and joyful elements of nature can be seen throughout his collection of paintings, paper weavings and watercolor mosaics.
A Musical Atlas
Feel the beat of Lexington’s bilingual folk opera group, CornBread & Tortillas. See how their cross-cultural collective of Appalachian, Andean and Latino artists incorporates instrumentals and traditional dance to share each member’s global heritage to the Kentucky community through the power of song and storytelling.
Bonded By Bourbon
Dispatch to Bardstown, aka “The Bourbon Capital of the World,” for the award-winning Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience at Heaven Hill Distillery. There, you’ll find warm Southern hospitality paired with artisanal barrel-aged bourbons. Director of Visitor Experiences Jeff Crowe offers a glance into why the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience has been awarded the “Global Icon Visitor Attraction of the Year” by Whisky Magazine.
Homegrown Garden Guru
A true steward of the land, Lexington local and garden designer, Jon Carloftis, replicates the beauty of Kentucky’s natural landscapes in his fine gardens. Incorporating the richness of the land, the textures and colors of native trees and plants, hear Jon’s story as he shares some of his favorite projects and outdoor spaces throughout Kentucky.
At The Finish Line
From the military to selling shoes, Will Rivera retired from the Army to Elizabethtown, KY, to establish a new career and pave a new path. Now the proud owner of Running Soles, the veteran and ultra-marathon runner helps customers find their best running shoes for life’s many pursuits — especially trail running through Kentucky’s Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.