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Henry Luce Foundation awards Kentucky Museum $155,000 grant for Folk Art collection project

The Kentucky Museum will continue to catalog and digitize their Folk Art collection with support from a $155,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant will provide funding for a Curator of Folk Art, a Folk Studies graduate assistantship, and consultation with quilt scholar and folklorist Laurel McKay Horton, who will collaboratively catalog and digitize the Folk Art collection into the Museum’s...

Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Kentucky Museum to restore historic Felts House at WKU

The Kentucky Museum has received a $36,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support restoration of the historic Felts House, located on Western Kentucky University’s main campus. Constructed in 1810 in Logan County, the Felts House was the home of Archibald Felts, a Revolutionary War veteran who was among the first generation of permanent settlers in Kentucky. The two-story,...

Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU receives NEA grant to preserve, share Kentucky musical legacies

The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of Southcentral Kentucky. Since 1989, the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program has been to document, present and...

WKU Kentucky Folklife Program director to speak at Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Oct. 23-24

On Oct. 23-24, WKU’s Kentucky Folklife Program and Kentucky Museum Director Brent Björkman will speak at Building Bridges: A Symposium on Global Cultural Heritage Preservation about the community engagement work he has been involved with, centering on the Bosnian Oral History Project and current exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green. This symposium, coordinated by the Cultural Heritage...