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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...

City of Paducah, WKCTC awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant for proposed art park

West Kentucky Community and Technical College and the City of Paducah partnered together for an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and have been awarded $25,000 for a proposed art park adjacent to the College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD). NEA’s Our Town program encourages local partnerships that integrate design and the arts into the fabric of the community...

Students from 16 Kentucky high schools to compete in Poetry Out Loud state finals March 13 in Frankfort

Sixteen champions will advance to the Poetry Out Loud state competition March 13 at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort. The winner of the state championship will advance to the Poetry Out Loud national finals April 23-25 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the...

Lexington’s Central Music Academy to receive $10,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Lexington’s Central Music Academy for its Northside Initiative, a Direct Learning project which provides private music lessons, group steel band classes, and...

Campbellsville University, Taylor County Library to host the Ky Folk Art apprenticeships Exhibit Feb. 1-22

By Josh Christian Special to KyForward Campbellsville University is the second post-secondary institution in Kentucky that will be hosting a special exhibit of the Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships in partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and Taylor County Public Library. “The Makings of a Master” is the title of the exhibit that runs Feb. 1 through 22...

Central Music Academy one of two Kentucky finalists for National Arts and Humanities Youth Awards

Two Kentucky organizations, including Lexington’s Central Music Academy, are among 50 finalists for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The awards, supported by the President’s Council on Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, recognize outstanding creative youth development programs across the country for...

National Endowment for the Arts awards grant to Transylvania professors for Unlearn Fear + Hate project

Transylvania University professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova have received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a permanent, illuminated artwork as part of their ongoing Unlearn Fear + Hate cycle of artworks. The artwork will be a large sculptural halo mounted on a downtown building. The location for the installation is to be determined. The NEA grant provides initial funding...

Lexington-based Central Music Academy selected as one of 50 finalists for $10,000 National Arts Award

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners – the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – has recognized downtown Lexington’s Central Music Academy as one of 50 outstanding youth after-school arts and humanities learning programs in the United States. According...

Rural Blog: CBS feature shows Appalshop as kind of business that would be hurt by cuts in arts’ budget

In response to President Trump’s proposed budget cuts CBS News’s “Sunday Morning” looked at how one rural community in Kentucky would be hurt. The same story could be reported in many other communities. Letcher County, Kentucky, which has been hurt by the loss of coal jobs, is also the home of Appalshop, a non-profit media, arts, and education center that relies largely on funding...

Constance Alexander: Book arts project provides way to reach out to adults with disabilities

Even amidst the clutter of her busy office, a conversation with artist Nicole Hand is an island of calm, with the kind of easy back-and-forth associated with a porch swing or a hammock on a summer day. Currently a Professor of Art and Interim Assistant Dean at Murray State University, she teaches printmaking, bookbinding and drawing with a combination of grace, wit and wisdom. A noted artist in her...

Constance Alexander: Those who suffer from depression find ‘you cannot pour from an empty cup’

“In the event of a decompression,” begins the flight attendant spiel, “an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you.” It is supposed to drop into your lap like the answer to a prayer. Then comes the part about securing your mask, breathing normally, and THEN taking care of a child or person who requires assistance. Jennifer J. has her own version of this analogy: “You cannot pour...

Murray-Calloway County Endowment for Health Care receives Arts Access grant

The Murray-Calloway County Endowment for Health Care and award-winning writer Constance Alexander are recipients of an Arts Access Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency supported by state tax dollars and the National Endowment for the Arts. Entitled “Hope & Glory: The Art of Inclusion,” the grant will support a year-long series of hands-on arts experiences, as well as...

Constance Alexander: Life without support from the Kentucky Arts Council hard to fathom or justify

Wintry weather delayed official proceedings for Arts Day in Frankfort last week, with those of us from western Kentucky out in the cold because icy roads made safe and timely travel to the capitol treacherous. Nevertheless, the 50th anniversary of the Kentucky Arts Council was officially observed, amidst increasingly pervasive rumors that Gov. Bevin’s budget will announce devastating cuts, or even...

Community Arts Center receives $10,000 NEA Challenge Grant for Art Under Pressure

The Community Arts Center has been selected to receive a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America Grant in support of its Art Under Pressure project. Art Under Pressure will serve nearly 200 students at Danville High School. The project features a coordinated series of printmaking events facilitated by guest artists and will culminate in a public steamroller printmaking event....

Berea College receives NEA grant to help ‘transform’ communities in Eastern Kentucky

Berea College has received a National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town award of $100,000 to support “creative placemaking” projects in Eastern Kentucky communities. Such projects are designed to help “transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core,” according to a press release.   NEA Chair Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town...

First time Kentucky poets included in national 10th Poetry Out Loud recitation competition

Schools and teachers can register through Oct. 1 to participate in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, which includes this year Kentucky poets.   Any Kentucky high school, public or private, may register to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Homeschooled students may compete through a participating local...

Kentucky projects – Hindman to Louisville – get NEA Our Town grants worth $300,000

The National Endowment for the Arts is investing $300,000 in four Kentucky arts-based community development projects through its Our Town grant, the federal agency announced this week.   Our Town grants are awarded to projects that contribute to the livability of communities nationwide and place the arts at their core.   This three-string dulcimer was built by Tad Wright Woodworks. (Photo...

Kentucky organizations receive The Big Read grants from National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA’s Big Read project is intended to get communities reading and discussing books together. (Photo from The Big Read)   Three Kentucky organizations have been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive funding for community reading projects through the 2014 round of The Big Read grants.   The Big Read program, started in 2006, supports organizations across the country...

For MusicWorks, art equals achievement and two $10,000 donations can become $40,000

Second and third-graders from Arlington Elementary in Lexington practice in their MusicWorks orchestra nearly 10 hours a week for free. (Photo from CKYO)   Two matching funds opportunities were just announced by the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras’ program in North Limestone called MusicWorks. An anonymous, long-time CKYO supporter and the National Endowment for the Arts are each offering...

Arts council puts arts, cultural development to work in two Eastern Kentucky workshops

(Photo from KAC)   By Lori Meadows Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Arts Council will present two separate forums in May, one for community groups and one for individual artists, through its “Putting arts and cultural development to work” series in Eastern Kentucky.   These events will offer participants the opportunity to hear from local, state and national leaders on...