A state that “begs us to create magnificent art around it”

Miss Kentucky Alex Francke will bring her artistic talents to our fifth annual event

Making history in Kentucky looks different for everyone. 

For Alex Francke, the 2019 Miss Kentucky, this means she wants to be an “empowered woman who made the people around her feel unstoppable and who always stayed true to herself and her beliefs over the course of her life.”


The Kentucky Historical Society is thrilled that Francke will bring that positive energy to our fifth annual KY History Half Marathon, 10K and 5K! Alex will be on hand to help kids at Kids Drop-Off Camp with their history based art projects, taking photos with runners at the start and finish lines, singing the national anthem, and soaking up the historical celebration. 

“On a much larger scale, I want to impact Kentucky by running a business that sparks social change through our operations, so that we’re not only helping our local economies, but we’re positively impacting our communities in the process,” the 22-year-old added. “Stay tuned to see what that looks like.”

Francke says her favorite Kentuckian is Jennifer Lawrence because of her connectionAlex art
with arts education. This year, Miss Kentucky’s official Social Impact Initiative is Adopt an Art, a non-profit that Francke started in 2014 to provide Kentucky public schools and community programs with high quality arts lessons and classes, free of charge. An alumna of the Governor’s School for the Arts and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA), Francke is a singer and loves any opportunity to perform and share her passion for the arts.

“Jennifer Lawrence has been a huge inspiration to me in the years since she made her acting debut and brought some national recognition to the need for arts education in our beautiful state,” Francke said. “Jennifer has created her own foundation that further promotes and funds the arts in Kentucky, and I aspire to be able to give back in such a magnitude one day.”

Francke, a Lexington native, sees the arts as an integral part of Kentucky’s state history.

“The arts are a crucial part of Kentucky history because they have shaped our culture and defined our heritage,” she said. “I can’t think of our state without its Bluegrass music roots, the home of Bill Monroe (the father of country music!), the quilt capital of the world, our historic opera houses and theaters, our murals … I could go on and on! Kentucky is a place that is so beautiful and picturesque, it all but begs us to create magnificent art around it.”62059520_10218137274156853_7995866917619367936_n

Francke is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business &
Economics where she majored in Business Management, minored in International Business, and was a Social Enterprise Scholar through the Lewis Honors College. During her time at UK, she was involved in DanceBlue, Alpha Delta Pi, and an Alumni Ambassador. In addition to being involved on campus, she studied abroad in both Cape Town, South Africa, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

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