Paducah Bank has been awarded one of nine annual Governor’s Award for the Arts by Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Arts Council.
These prestigious awards are comprised of nine categories that celebrate the extraordinary and significant contributions of Kentuckians and Kentucky organizations to the state’s arts heritage. Each year the Kentucky Arts Council commissions a Kentucky artist to create custom work of art to serve as the award for recipients. This year the artful award took the form of a piece of work by Jefferson County glass artist Ann Klem.
“Paducah Bank is honored to receive this Governor’s Award in the Arts,” said Paducah Bank Chairman of the Board Joe Framptom. “Our corporate contributions and thousands of volunteer hours over many years have been focused on and directed to the various arts organizations in our city – such as the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Market House Theatre, the Paducah School of Art and Design, and the Lowertown Artist Relocation Program – to name a few. As a designated UNESCO creative city, Paducah has long believed that the arts enrich our economy and enhance the quality of life of our citizens. Paducah Bank is hopeful that our support of so many aspects of the arts in our community has been and will continue to be a benefit to all of our citizens and visitors.”
The bank is being recognized for its varied forms of arts involvement in the community, but the bank’s partnership with the long-standing Artist Relocation Program
was one of its most noteworthy affiliations.
“There is art in every endeavor,” added Paducah Bank President and CEO Mardie Herndon. “Yes, even in banking. When local community leaders recognized an opportunity to revitalize a dilapidated neighborhood in Paducah, they put together a plan to reimagine and repurpose the buildings into art studios and artist residences. The plan became known as the Lowertown Artist Relocation Program. Paducah Bank’s commitment to this program and to the communities we serve has always been unwavering. It has been said that it takes courage to be creative. I am very proud of the courage our bank has had to make a difference. Today, Paducah Bank believes in the power of the arts just as we always have. We are truly grateful for the recognition of our commitment to creative placemaking and the courage it takes to make a difference.”
Normally, honorees are invited to a ceremony at the state capital. This year a virtual awards ceremony to honor the 2022 Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients will be announced soon.