Arts Council
Teaching Art Together grant brings professional artists to Kentucky classrooms

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 03, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky educators who wish to enhance their lessons can take advantage of a Kentucky Arts Council grant that brings professional artists to the classroom for short residencies.

The arts council's Teaching Art Together grant gives a teacher the opportunity to collaborate with a professional artist on the design and implementation of a one- to four-week residency in the teacher's classroom. The deadline for teachers to apply for a grant is April 15.

"When Kentucky educators pair with working artists, the result can be a deeper creative experience for Kentucky students," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "We've seen countless examples of how these artist-teacher collaborations yield wonderful educational experiences."

Visual art teacher Bethany Inman of Heartland Elementary School in Elizabethtown said Teaching Art Together helped supplement what she was able to offer her own students. Inman worked with Appalachian folk artist Diane Simpson, who did a basket weaving residency with Inman's class.

"Appalachian folk art was something I didn't feel comfortable teaching," Inman said. "Working with Diane, though, gave me confidence in teaching those lessons to future students."

The experience was also beneficial to Inman's students, she said.

"They got the information and knowledge about Appalachia in a much more authentic, rich way than I could have taught," Inman said. "She instilled in them a sense of pride and confidence in their work."

For more information on the Teaching Art Together grant, contact Jean St. John, arts education director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 486 or via email at

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, celebrates 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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