Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council Supports 87 Organizations through Kentucky Arts Partnership Grants

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 15, 2009  
Contact Information:  Ed Lawrence
Communications Director
(502) 564-3757 ext. 473

FRANKFORT, Ky. The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded $1,851,657 to 87 Kentucky non-profit arts and cultural organizations for FY2010, through the Kentucky Arts Partnership grant program.  Kentucky Arts Partnership grants are competitive matching grants awarded for operational support to organizations across the state. This public investment in museums, galleries, guilds, performing arts venues, performing groups, local arts councils, and educational and community groups provides Kentuckians opportunities to participate in and enjoy a wide variety of art forms.


“We are very pleased to be able to continue public support for the arts in these difficult economic times.  These organizations lay the foundation for building community, provide arts education experiences and sustain artists in their work,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.


The Kentucky Arts Council is the state arts agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Asssembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Kentucky Arts Partnership Grant recipients, award amounts and descriptions of their work are listed below by county.

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Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky                                                            $1,000

The Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky works in partnership with member organizations, individual artists, education institutions and the city of Ashland to offer arts experiences to the local community, particularly in the areas of music and the visual arts. 


Paramount Arts Center                                                                                    $58,123

The Paramount Arts Center is a multi-faceted cultural organization, offering diverse cultural experiences and frequent exposure to unique arts programs in its historic theatre and identified outreach areas. It provides educational resources to individuals and schools, supports local artists and maintains a treasured facility that inspires community pride and articulates a sense of art, culture and history. 



The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County                                               $1,000

The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County encourages, promotes, and supports appreciation of and participation in the arts by everyone in the community according to community needs. 


Community Arts Center                                                                                    $9,583

The Community Arts Center enriches the quality of life in the Danville/Boyle County region through the arts, providing an attractive and multi-functional accessible space in downtown Danville to teach, practice and view the arts.  Arts education in dance, drama, music, and visual arts is offered year round.



Murray Art Guild                                                                                              $2,286

The Murray Art Guild is a community-based artist organization that enriches the community as a local venue for the visual arts with events and programs, a community studio space, and mentoring opportunities.



Kentucky Symphony Orchestra                                                                        $20,065

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra creates an expanding and diverse audience for symphonic music through a variety of engaging thematic programs and presentations making classical music accessible and interesting, while maintaining high performance standards and integrity.



Pennyroyal Arts Council                                                                                  $9,864

The Pennyroyal Arts Council presents quality performances in all disciplines to reach diverse and underserved populations; develops arts in education programming; utilizes professional artists and touring companies; promotes local artists and arts organizations and provides the community a performing arts facility in the Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville.



Leeds Center for the Arts                                                                                             $4,987

The Leeds Center for the Arts serves as a facility in which the performing arts in Winchester and the entire Clark County area may grow, both in numbers of performances offered and in artistic quality.  It is also a catalyst for further revitalization of the downtown Winchester area.



Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation                                                            $2,768

Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation encourages an appreciation of the arts and motivates active involvement with the arts by the people of Marion and Crittenden County.  It provides a variety of art exhibitions, performances, activities and workshops in an accessible and inviting environment.



International Bluegrass Music Museum                                                           $21,668

The International Bluegrass Music Museum is both a community and an international arts center, professionally preserving the history of bluegrass music and educating thousands of local, out-of-state and international visitors annually in this unique indigenous art form.


Owensboro Dance Theater                                                                              $7,694

The Owensboro Dance Theatre provides high quality dance performances to a diverse and expanding audience as well as dance instruction and other educational services that enhance community life and the cultural environment of Owensboro and the surrounding region.


Owensboro Museum of Fine Art                                                                      $36,131

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is the second largest art museum in Kentucky with a permanent collection of 2,500 objects, highlighted by important master works of world art. The Museum presents the visual arts as a way to strengthen and inspire aesthetic and humanistic values, and focuses on the documentation and presentation of cultural heritage through permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and comprehensive education programs for all ages.


Owensboro Symphony Orchestra                                                                    $27,620

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is western Kentucky's premiere producer of classical and pops concerts, and is the region's largest producer of music education programs through the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra Academy. Over 20,000 school children attend the organization's education programs annually.


RiverPark Center                                                                                             $59,190

RiverPark Center improves quality of life for the community by hosting and presenting diverse arts and civic events and focusing on arts in education. The Center's arts education programming has been recognized as a national model of achievement. 


Theatre Workshop of Owensboro                                                                    $5,747

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro provides opportunities and promotes interest in all areas of community theatre. The progressive, community-based theatrical arts organization provides a quality season of diverse plays, outreach workshops to train volunteers, and educational services in the theatre arts.



Actors Guild of Lexington                                                                                $15,839

Actors Guild of Lexington is central Kentucky's premier professional theatre company, producing and presenting a repertoire for adults, ranging from new works to classics, comedies to dramas and musicals. The company also produces Shakespeare at Equus Run in Woodford County in collaboration with Equus Run Vineyards. 


Kentucky Ballet Theatre                                                                                  $11,406

Kentucky Ballet Theatre is a company of resident professional ballet dancers whose artistic objective is to be true to the art form of ballet while performing both traditional and neo-classical ballets in addition to producing new works that are accessible, entertaining and creative.



Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra Society                                                      $17,532

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra is one of the fastest growing arts organizations in the area, with 290 student musicians in four orchestras and four smaller ensembles. The organization offers a scholarship program, a mentoring program for at-risk youth and presents educational  and family-friendly concerts in five counties.


Headley-Whitney Museum                                                                               $24,084

The Headley-Whitney Museum enriches the life of the whole community by fostering knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of fine and decorative arts. Decorative arts exhibitions provide the connection of history and culture of a people through art objects and their significance in daily life.  The education programming at the Museum encourages intellectual inquiry, interpretation and appreciation of art objects by diverse audiences.


Kentucky Theatre Association                                                                         $1,000

The Kentucky Theatre Association works to improve the quality of theatre throughout the state of Kentucky, encourages the further development of theatre activity, and promotes and facilitates education at all levels of theatre.  It creates a closer relationship among theatre groups and other organizations, as well as groups or individuals who have an interest in the arts and skills of the theatre.


LexArts                                                                                                            $32,598

LexArts is the local area arts council and united arts fund serving Lexington and central Kentucky. It is the premier cultural development, advocacy and fundraising organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life. The two divisions of LexArts perform distinct functions and both have a very positive impact on the community. The united arts fund division raises money that is allocated or granted to other arts organizations, providing more than half a million dollars for the broad arts community. The local area arts council division of LexArts serves the entire community with programs and activities, such as Gallery Hop, Arts Showcase Weekend, exhibitions and professional development opportunities for artists.


Lexington Art League                                                                                      $17,894

The Lexington Art League presents visual art that reflects the broad range of mediums, genres, materials, styles and voices in art today, and develops context for the art exhibited through community-engagement programs, panel discussions, lectures and classes.


Lexington Ballet Company                                                                              $12,273

The Lexington Ballet Company serves central Kentucky by promoting interest in ballet, maintaining a performing ballet company and operating a non-profit ballet school.  It offers high-quality dance instruction for pre-professional students and produces performances of contemporary and classical ballet.


Explorium of Lexington                                                                                   $30,951

Explorium of Lexington brings education to children through a creative, interactive models, creating a fun, dynamic environment that has continued to be an asset to the educational system in central and eastern Kentucky.  Explorium focuses on educating young people about cultural diversity and inspiring creativity through the arts, operating an open art studio and an art gallery that exhibits only art pieces created by children. It also sponsors an outdoor art fair for children, as well as hosting traveling art exhibits for children.


Lexington Children's Theatre                                                                          $29,588

Lexington Children's Theatre is a fully professional theatre for young audiences, employing full-time and part-time actors, educators, directors, designers, administrators and technicians who provide young Kentuckians with engaging theatre experiences and theatre arts education.


Lexington Philharmonic Society                                                                     $34,379

The Lexington Philharmonic Society provides more than 100 performances, events, and educational programs in central and eastern Kentucky each season.  The Orchestra has grown from simply providing concerts in a concert hall to providing concerts in many venues that enrich the lives of Kentuckians, educate the young and old, and strengthen the communities the organization serves.


Living Arts & Science Center                                                                           $20,426

The Living Arts & Science Center provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. The Center annually presents more than 400 art classes and workshops for children 18 months-old to adults, 6 - 8 art exhibits, participatory field trips for over 5,000 students, community arts projects, numerous free and low-cost family events, and on-going free art classes for thousands of at-risk, special needs and underserved children, teens and adults.


Music Institute of Lexington                                                                             $12,388

Music Institute of Lexington brings music education programs to central Kentuckians of all ages. Over 60% of students participate without cost through outreach programs and scholarships. Programming includes: individual and group instruction in piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and voice; an early-childhood music curriculum for infants through age seven; music and movement through African drumming, and music therapy activities that target children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.



Jenny Wiley Theatre                                                                                       $30,521

The Jenny Wiley Theatre produces outdoor amphitheatre, dinner theatre, indoor productions, school matinees, touring productions, workshops and youth-company productions. It enriches a large regional community through support to artists, produces a range of dramatic genres, preserves local culture and heritage through historical drama, minimizes barriers for participation from diverse populations and enables young people to participate in, experience and create live theatre.


Mountain Arts Center                                                                                       $39,578

The Mountain Arts Center is not only a performing arts venue, but also an arts education facility and a tourist destination.  The focus in arts education provides instruction and programming in many artistic disciplines.  These include: arts education classes; private lessons in voice, piano, banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle/violin and visual arts; workshops; core content school matinee shows in music, drama, storytelling, art, dance and Kentucky civics; recitals; master classes; art exhibits; teacher professional development; acoustic jam sessions; and a folk festival.



Frankfort Arts Foundation                                                                                $3,800

The Frankfort Arts Foundation is a community-focused organization that promotes cultural enrichment through artistic and educational endeavors by presenting performances, master classes, providing artists-in-the-schools services, promoting special projects that expand community partnerships, and providing free programs to area school children.



Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild                                                                    $2,196

The Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild provides visual arts educational programs in aesthetic appreciation and art techniques to all age levels; exhibition space for the display of work by local and regional artists and art groups; presents special exhibits by noted artists from outside the region; and assists the school systems and parents in identifying and developing emerging talent from among the student population.



Kentucky Repertory Theatre                                                                            $25,259

The Kentucky Repertory Theatre is Kentucky's only equity theatre outside of Louisville and one of only seven rural repertory theatres in the nation. It produces great classic plays interspersed with exciting new works, and offers an extensive and popular education program for students of all ages, including programs that assist young people who are interested in theatre as a profession and theatre professionals seeking to advance their careers.



Henderson Area Arts Alliance                                                                          $12,391

The Henderson Area Arts Alliance is an umbrella organization that assists in the coordination of events and activities of nine local arts groups: Henderson County School System's arts education programming, Ohio Valley Art League, Bluegrass in the Park & Folklife Festival, W.C. Handy Blues Festival, Henderson Music Preservation Society, Henderson Community Chorus, Henderson Community Theater, Henderson Fine Arts Center Guild and the Henderson Fine Arts Center Visual Arts Galleries. The Henderson Area Arts Alliance also organizes, fund and promote a full season of performing arts shows at the Henderson Fine Arts Center.  


Ohio Valley Art League                                                                                   $1,947

The Ohio Valley Art League is a visual arts organization serving the greater Henderson area.  It sponsors public arts projects such as providing lighting and hanging systems for gallery space in the Henderson County Public Library, a ceramic wall mural of W.C. Handy at the John F. Kennedy Community Center and Henderson's first public sculpture at the entrance of the Henderson Fine Arts Center.



Actors Theatre of Louisville                                                                             $131,738

Actors Theatre of Louisville is one of America's most innovative theatre companies, bringing people together through live theatre to celebrate, challenge and explore who we are. The company leads the American theatre in the creation of new plays and innovative re-imagining of the classics. Actors is home to the Humana Festival of New American Plays and has produced over 300 premieres by more than 200 playwrights.


Fund for the Arts                                                                                              $70,231

The Fund for the Arts is the oldest united arts fund in the country, now allocating funds to 29 member groups and programs, including grants to 200 community organizations and schools in the region. The organization's mission is to increase revenues for the arts and to enable the community to become the preeminent regional arts center in the U.S., and to maximize the impact of the arts on overall economic development, education of children and the enjoyment of living in the community.


InKY, Inc.                                                                                                         $1,000

InKY, Inc. is a literary arts organization whose primary activity is the InKY Reading Series, which promotes literature through free live performances by writers from Kentucky and beyond.  The performances feature accomplished, published writers as well as up-and-coming talent through an ecumenical approach to style, genre, and affiliation.


Juneteenth Legacy Theatre                                                                                         $4,277

Juneteenth Legacy Theatre is Kentucky's only professional African-American theatre company. The company develops and produces new and original works about the African-American experience and its legacy to entertain, educate, enrich and empower communities of artists and audiences.


Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft                                                                  $27,116

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft promotes excellence in the art and craft heritage of Kentucky through collaboration with artists, education programs, public programming and exhibits.


Kentucky Opera Association                                                                            $73,596

The Kentucky Opera is among the oldest regional operas in the country, entertaining and educating a diverse audience by offering opera of the highest quality. It is a national leader in developing opera programs for younger audiences, with a broad outreach effort throughout Kentucky. Kentucky Opera is known for creating bold new work that challenges and inspires new generations of opera audiences.


Kentucky Shakespeare Festival                                                                       $27,347

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival provides free classical theatre performances to over 12,000 audience members each summer. The organization's programs engage children, educators and others in Kentucky all year long in the literature and history of Shakespeare's plays and the discipline of the performing arts. Kentucky Shakespeare Festival has toured in all of Kentucky's 120 counties.


Looking For Lilith                                                                                            $3,987

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is a professional, women's ensemble theatre that is dedicated to re-examining history from women's perspectives and creating original performance pieces based on that examination.  The full-length plays that are collaboratively written by the ensemble of actors, playwrights, directors and folk archivists are based on primary sources, most notably oral history, letters and diary entries by women regarding their experiences surrounding a particular historical event or era.


Louisville Bach Society                                                                                   $5,833

The Louisville Bach Society uses a 65-voice volunteer chorus and musician's union instrumentalists in performing choral/orchestral literature spanning four centuries, with a focus centered on the German Baroque. Concerts are prefaced by an educational lecture describing the music.  The group performs a subscription series, conducts outreach events for school-age children, tours and performs for community events. 


Louisville Ballet                                                                                               $58,696

The Louisville Ballet produces exceptionally high quality dance performances for the community and region, bringing innovative new work to the stage as well as producing the classics with excitement and energy. The company also provides training through its school and grows community understanding of the value of dance through educational outreach programs for all ages. 


The Louisville Chorus                                                                                      $2,110

The Louisville Chorus fosters the art of choral music for singers, audiences, students and special constituents by presenting the widest in varietal repertoire through the history of music in performances and outreach programs. The chorus, with 50 auditioned singers, presents music appealing to a broad spectrum of musical tastes, providing concerts with unique personality, fresh artistic perspective and vitality.


Louisville Youth Orchestra                                                       $13,393

The Louisville Youth Orchestra provides a high quality musical experience in such areas as artistic expression, technical achievement, self discipline, cooperative effort and community involvement. Membership stands at almost 400 musicians, making it the largest youth orchestra by national metropolitan size, according to the League of American Orchestras.


The Louisville Orchestra                                                                                  $107,486

The Louisville Orchestra has been instrumental to the development of the music of our time through its extensive commissioning, performing and recording of new music. A full-time, 71-member ensemble offers a wide variety of concert series to the community, including classical programs featuring world-renowned guest artists, lighter classical and pops performances and education and family offerings. The Orchestra is also the resident performing group for the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera.


Louisville Theatrical Association                                                                     $55,883

The Louisville Theatrical Association is an umbrella organization for three merged Louisville theatre groups with more than 100 years of combined history, organized to improve resources, create dynamic synergies and reach new audiences.


Louisville Visual Art Association                                                                      $22,204

Louisville Visual Arts Association is a catalyst for education and participation in the visual arts. It provides opportunities for professional instruction to visually talented students, adult art classes and symposiums.  Community outreach includes arts enrichment experiences to underserved communities. The Association provides support for artistic professional growth and success, including an artist registry, a micro-loan program, contractual employment, marketing, media, sales support and exhibition opportunities.


The Louisville Youth Choir                                                                              $7,186

The Louisville Youth Choir features singers in five ensembles: Primary Choir, Chorale, Kantorei, Les Chambres and Lascito Coro. The Louisville Youth Choir draws artists from metropolitan Louisville and surrounding areas, and encourages choral and personal excellence in its participants.


Sarabande Books                                                                                            $22,158

Sarabande Books is a literary arts organization, which publishes poetry, short fiction and literary nonfiction -- genres that increasingly have trouble finding a place in the for-profit publishing world. Sarabande provides a home for works of exceptional literary quality, distributes these works with diligence and integrity, and serves as an educational resource to teachers, students and readers of creative writing.


The Speed Art Museum                                                                                   $84,263

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's first and largest art museum, holding a permanent collection of over 14,000 works of art, spanning 6,000 years of world civilization, providing excellent opportunities for visitors to learn about art, humanities, history and different cultures. The Museum is expanding services to increase participation and engagement of visitors, volunteers, the neighborhood and the greater community.


Squallis Puppeteers                                                                                        $3,955

Squallis Puppeteers conducts educational, performance and volunteer programs centered on the art of puppetry. The group offers touring puppet shows, workshops and residencies that take a community through story, puppet creation, rehearsal and performance.


VOICES of Kentuckiana                                                                                   $6,982

VOICES of Kentuckiana is a community chorus whose purpose is to be fully inclusive of all potential participants, especially gays, lesbians and supportive others. The chorus affirms an inclusive definition of community through a diverse membership and audience, supports the arts by increasing public participation, provides a safe and comfortable performance environment for people sometimes left out of civic life, and enhances the arts by developing a broad musical repertoire with an important social message.


Walden Theatre                                                                                               $20,242

Walden Theatre is a nationally renowned program that provides the most comprehensive theatre education opportunities in the area for youth (K-12), educators, and others. Programs range from introductory experiences to rigorous conservatory classes, acclaimed public performances, and school programs that support core content.


WhoDunnit                                                                                                       $4,380

WhoDunnit advances mystery as an art form by bringing the finest in mystery entertainment to the people. As part of that process, WhoDunnit trains students and adults in acting, directing and play production, and provides a forum for new playwrights. Plays are written, directed and performed by local residents.



Behringer-Crawford Museum                                                                           $11,195

The Behringer-Crawford Museum serves as a regional cultural center for the northern Kentucky area with a collection containing thousands of objects, artifacts, documents, photographs, textiles, paintings and sculpture, representing 450 million years of history, art and culture as viewed through the lens of transportation - rivers, roads, rails & runways. The Museum is the center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of the area's natural, cultural, and visual and performing arts heritage.


Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington                                     $6,775

The Center for Great Neighborhoods is a community-development organization, serving residents of Covington. The arts are used as a key component to facilitate community cultural development. The Center continues to be a catalyst for arts-based civic dialogue, facilitating cultural identity projects that bring people together to creatively explore and respond to critical social issues.


My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company                                                 $3,153

My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company preserves and enlarges the art of the theatrical clown by educating the public about the role of the clown in culture, increasing the audience awareness of the art form, and providing communities the opportunity to celebrate the experience. The Company provides public demonstrations, performances, workshops and residencies.


The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center                                            $33,880

The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center utilizes its historic building and added education center to create a leading arts organization that provides a venue for emerging and established artists to create, perform and exhibit, educational opportunities for the discovery and enhancement of creativity, as well as the celebration of the arts.


The Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center                                     $4,956

The Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center located in the boyhood home of the late internationally renowned artist, will showcase his life, works, and his tremendous influence on art, as well as function as a gallery and meeting space for literary arts classes, community meetings, etc. The adjacent property, now the Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center Activity Center, provides community residents the opportunity to actively participate in art and community activities.



Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky                                                         $19,375

The Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky builds and strengthens an arts-based economic sector through education, business development and services for artists that carry on the cultural traditions of the region.  Activities include an artisans' program, a retail shop selling the products of 175 artisans, a studio program, workshops, exhibits, receptions and community-wide events.



Appalshop                                                                                                       $59,621

Appalshop is a multidisciplinary arts, media, education and cultural center located in the coalfield community of Whitesburg. The organization is an internationally acclaimed center whose mission is to revitalize, document and disseminate the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia; to tell stories the commercial cultural industries don't tell, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions; to support communities' efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve problems in their own ways; to celebrate cultural diversity as a positive social value; and to participate in regional, national and global dialogue toward these ends.



Berea Arts Council                                                                               $4,587

The Berea Arts Council focuses the resources of Berea College and Berea's extensive arts community on the need for arts in the larger community. The Council has a permanent exhibition space offering a broad range of activities, presents a substantial physical presence for arts programming and is the primary source of arts leadership within the community.


Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen                                                 $3,005

The mission of The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen establishes art and craft as a vital influence by promoting excellence through education, collaboration, leadership and service. The Guild is the oldest statewide visual art and craft organization, in Kentucky and plays a major role in supporting Kentucky's national and international reputation of having a rich heritage of visual art and fine craft.


Richmond Area Arts Council                                                                            $16,541

The Richmond Area Arts Council is a multidisciplinary regional arts agency that, in partnership with the community presents art forms, provides educational opportunities and supports and promotes cultural opportunities in Richmond, as well as Madison and surrounding counties.



Marshall County Arts Commission                                                                   $1,576

The Marshall County Arts Commission works to develop an appreciation in the community for the cultural heritage of the arts; offers support, encouragement and opportunities to residents involved in the performing and visual arts; and provides education opportunities to the community in the arts through a balanced exposure to all arts disciplines.



Ohio River Valley Artists Guild                                                                        $1,000

The Ohio River Valley Artists Guild is an all-volunteer visual arts service organization that encourages, promotes and develops the visual arts throughout the region with educational and peer-group activities.  



Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center                                                               $76,120

The Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center is a regional performing arts center visited by more than half a million people from 49 states to date. Paducah is the cultural and economic hub of a region of small towns and rural communities remote from metropolitan areas. The Center is the regional cornerstone of arts and cultural life that strives to improve the quality of life for people of all ages with programming that entertains, educates, and inspires.


Market House Theatre                                                                                     $20,575

The Market House Theatre develops and nurtures local residents to become performers through arts education classes and the production of plays.  The organization brings theatre into the schools, using arts educator residencies and helps schools use theatre as a teaching tool for math, science, social studies, history and literacy.  Market House Theatre also is committed to providing a safe place to explore difficult social issues that affect the community through the performance of plays and audience "talk back" conversations.


National Quilt Museum                                                                                    $35,528

The National Quilt Museum, Museum of the American Quilter's Society, is a quilting arts museum with the largest exhibit space of any quilt museum in the world, featuring year-round professional exhibits of vibrant fiber art, workshops, conferences, community events, publications and related activities. The Museum also educates the public about the art, history, heritage and diversity of quilts and their makers; demonstrates how quilting has changed from its early traditions; celebrates quilting as part of an ever developing art; increases the recognition of quilting as a valid art form on par with painting, print-making and sculpture; and presents art instruction for youth and adults using the medium of quilting.


Paducah Symphony Orchestra                                                                        $19,386

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra provides orchestral and choral music to area residents and employment to professional musicians in western Kentucky. The organization encompasses a wide range of ensembles, including the professional orchestra, Paducah POPS, an auditioned 65-member symphony chorus, a multi-county 60-member children's chorus, and an active music education program.



Ragged Edge Community Theatre                                                                   $5,025

The Ragged Edge Community Theatre is an amateur, volunteer organization that produces a season of plays, children's theatre, special concerts and cultural events, and provides educational arts participation opportunities for the people of Mercer County and the surrounding area.



Montgomery County Council for the Arts                                                         $16,654

The Montgomery County Council for the Arts provides programming in all arts disciplines for the community and surrounding rural counties. It is currently renovating a 12,000 sq. ft. historic church in Mt. Sterling to establish the Gateway Regional Center for the Arts to deliver quality arts programming in the area. The Council serves as a resource for entertainment and as a supportive agency for artists and organizations contributing to the cultural climate of the community



Kincaid Regional Theatre Company, Inc.                                                        $5,410

Kincaid Regional Theatre provides an artistic outlet for professional and local talent in a rural location where few artistic or theatrical opportunities are available. The organization produces professional quality theatrical productions and performing arts events, as well as educational opportunities in the arts for young people.



Greater Hazard Area Arts Council/Performing Arts Series                               $8,220

The Greater Hazard Area Arts Council and Performing Arts Series, an affiliate of the Hazard Independent College Foundation and Hazard Community & Technical College, is a community-focused organization that fosters an awareness and appreciation of the arts by presenting and producing culturally diverse arts programs and arts education activities, as well as recognizing the rich arts heritage of the region.



Lake Cumberland Performing Arts Series                                                       $4,152

The Lake Cumberland Performing Arts Series works in partnership with The Center for Rural Development to enrich the lives of the people in this region by offering cultural and theatrical programs that encourage growth and diversity. Center Stage performances include dance, drama, orchestral music, and Broadway musicals. School Time Theatre offers cultural opportunities for students with programs that are aligned with Kentucky Department of Education's program of studies and core content for assessment requirements, with teacher study guides provided.  Children's Prime Time Theatre provides opportunities for families to attend live theatrical performances at affordable prices.  



Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum                                                         $11,956

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum is one of the premier interactive museums in the country that highlights Kentucky's music heritage, honors the contributions of Kentucky music artists to American music, educates our youth, scholars and music fans of the world, and maximizes the economic impact of Rockcastle County and Renfro Valley to the Kentucky tourism industry.



Janice Mason Art Museum                                                                               $4,171

The Janice Mason Art Museum provides opportunities for interaction with the visual and performing arts for Trigg County citizens and those in surrounding regions, and in so doing, promotes an environment for people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve personal growth through the arts.



Orchestra Kentucky                                                                                         $22,355

Orchestra Kentucky, formerly the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, is the only professional chamber orchestra in Kentucky, employing musicians in the region to perform a busy season of subscription concerts, run-outs and special event performances.  The orchestra also fills a pressing need in the region for quality professional string instruction by through its Bowling Green String Academy with over 130 students.


Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra                                                $4,750

The Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra is a joint venture with Western Kentucky University resulting in a pooling of community and university resources to provide the citizens of the Bowling Green area with a symphony orchestra of the highest quality. The orchestra provides educational and performing opportunities for orchestra members and citizens, produces quality concerts of symphonic music, and promotes musical literacy in the community and region.


Capitol Arts Alliance                                                                                        $21,543

The Capitol Arts Alliance serves the people of 22 south-central Kentucky counties, bringing to life all the facets of the arts from the visual to the dramatic and everything in between. The Capitol Arts Center theatre is home to the Capitol Arts Youth Theatre, a program that provides for theatre development for young people. The organization also operates two visual arts gallery spaces and provides exhibits at the Cancer Center and the Health & Wellness Center.


Public Theatre of Kentucky                                                                             $6,183

The Public Theatre of Kentucky promotes and encourages the art of theatre throughout the community. In addition to presenting a main stage season of five to six plays a year, the organization operates Sunburst Youth Theatre, a children's theatre organization, which includes training and performance by and for the youth of the community.


VSA arts of Kentucky                                                                                       $11,946

VSA arts of Kentucky provides statewide arts education and inclusion programs for children and adults with disabilities by offering under-served populations equal access to the arts in ways that are fully accessible. Through participatory involvement with trained professionals, children and adults learn skills and experience new opportunities in the arts. These services are offered in all arts disciplines to help participants realize their fullest potential while encouraging artistic excellence.



Appalachian Heritage Alliance                                                              $1,538

The Appalachian Heritage Alliance provides programs to celebrate, educate and unite Appalachian communities through the arts.  In a region that is rich in cultural arts, the Alliance builds on community relationships to organize arts programs and wide variety of quality educational arts activities that serve schools in seven counties, people across the county and the local community.



Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association                                      $12,642

The Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association is a community theatre group producing quality theatre to cultivate an appreciation of live theatre in audiences, and provide valuable and employable skills for participants. The Association is dedicated to lifelong learning in the arts for all ages, offering summer education programming in theatre, dance and music.


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