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Sherry K. Jelsma

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Board Member

Phone: (502) ***-****  HQ Phone
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
316 Main Street
Shelbyville, Kentucky 40066
United States

Company Description: The Shelby Development Corporation is highly involved in the beautification of the local community. Projects such as the Clear Creek Conservation Trust and the...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • M.A.
    New York University
  • B.A.
    Harvard College
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Shelbyville Development Corporation » Projects
shelbydevcorp.com, 9 Mar 2014 [cached]
Sherry Jelsma
Sentinel News
www.shelbyconnect.com, 19 Mar 2004 [cached]
Jelsma honored for contribution to arts
By Walt Reichert/Sentinel-News Staff Writer
Sherry Jelsma is now one of "Seven Sisters of the Arts."
The Shelby Country resident was one of seven honored by the Pleiades Theater Company for their lifelong contributions to the arts in a "Salute to Seven Sisters Celebration" in Louisville last Thursday.
The Pleiades Theater Company, a theater described as "by women and about women, but for everyone," chose the women for their contributions to art, theater, music and art education.
"I'm glad for this honor so Shelby County can get credit for anything we can," Jelsma said.
Jelsma, a former arts educator who taught in Jefferson County, was honored for her service as the first secretary of the Kentucky Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet, including the Arts Council, Craft Marketing Program, KET and Governor's School for the Arts.She served under former Gov.Brereton Jones.
As the cabinet's secretary, Jelsma pushed the marketing of crafts in the state to boost the economies of counties in the Appalachian region of the state.She worked to get Kentucky-made crafts into the gift shops at the state's parks and into other retail outlets.
"Kentucky crafts are one thing that is truly income-producing," Jelsma said."We worked to get the artists to create things people would buy."
Jelsma has also served as interim president and CEO of the Kentucky Center, past president of the Kentucky Opera Board, has served on the Jefferson County School Board and is currently chair of the Speed Art Museum board.
In Shelby County, Jelsma is president of the Historical Society and chair of the Shelby Development Corporation Foundation.
The arts, Jelsma said, are often ignored and sometimes cut when budgets get tight.But they are critical to the educational process, she believes.
"Arts open the door to education.With the arts, children learn they have the ability to solve problems, and that's what we need in life," Jelsma said."With all of this information around us, we need to learn creativity."
The arts, Jelsma said, are also good for business.
"The interest in arts and crafts are just amazing," she said."If we pull together enough cultural resources you create a critical mass that drives economic development."
Jelsma said the county has a wealth of cultural resources, including downtown architecture, Arts on Main, the Historical Society and the Shelby County Community Theatre, that often go under-appreciated.
"Arts are the heart and soul of the community," Jelsma said.
SPEED MUSEUM
www.speedmuseum.org, 14 Feb 2013 [cached]
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Metro Briefs
www.courierjournal.com, 1 April 2005 [cached]
Sherry Jelsma is namedliaison for arts, culture
Mayor Jerry Abramson yesterday named arts activist Sherry Jelsma as a $1-a-year special liaison for arts and cultural affairs.
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Jelsma was secretary of the state Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet from 1991 to 1995.She later was interim director of The Kentucky Center.
Jelsma, 66, a former teacher, also serves on the Kentucky Opera's Honorary Council and the Speed Arts Museum board.
The Kentucky Opera
www.kyopera.org, 6 Feb 2009 [cached]
Mrs. Sherry K. Jelsma
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