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Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange awarded Art Works grant of $45,000, announces 2019 Learning Cohort


The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $45,000 by the National Endowment of the Arts for Art of the Rural.

The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 95 grants in the Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works category of Art Works, which is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Projects such as the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

The award will go to support the development of the RUX program and the 2019 Learning Cohort. After the most competitive application process the program has seen, the RUX steering committee has finalized selection of the incoming cohort, which includes 75 members from 27 counties and every region of the state. A full list of 2019 cohort members and hometowns can be found here.

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for their support for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange,” said Savannah Barrett, Exchange Director of Art of the Rural. “The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange is helping Kentuckians to remember our roots, heal our sense of belonging, and build from our collective power towards a more cohesive and collaborative Kentucky, and we’re grateful to the NEA for recognizing this important work.”

Now in its sixth year, this partnership between Art of the Rural and Appalshop has earned national acclaim in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and national conferences such as Grantmakers in the Arts and the Community Development Society. Each year, the RUX program accepts 75 Kentuckians into a distinguished cohort working across the arts, agriculture, community development, health and business.

RUX has become known for connecting communities and fostering new leadership across the state while working to unite Kentuckians and better our Commonwealth. RUX alumni include community development leaders, visual artists, entrepreneurs, city council members, farmers, organizers, poets, lawyers, a mayor and more.

To learn more about the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, visit www.kyrux.org. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

The RUX cohort will meet for the first time on June 21 in Villa Hills for the Northern Kentucky Community Intensive. Community intensives for 2019 will also take place in Muhlenberg County (Aug. 9-11) and Knott County (Sept. 27–29).

From Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange


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