South Arts awards literary arts touring grants to Kentucky organizations
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Three Kentucky arts organizations have been awarded literary arts grant funding to support efforts to bring touring writers to their venues.
The funding comes from South Arts, of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member. South Arts is a regional arts organization working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts to support programming for selected nonprofit arts organizations, allowing those groups to present workshops, lectures and readings by writers from other states.
“These grants are important because they help expose Kentucky residents – and particularly blossoming Kentucky writers – to literary figures they might not otherwise meet,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We’re proud to support South Arts in these efforts, and we congratulate the three organizations and encourage people in those communities to take advantage of these opportunities to meet and learn more about these visiting writers.”
Kentucky’s grant recipients, city, dollar amounts, and the writers they are bringing to their communities are:
- Louisville Literary Arts, Louisville, $370, Jericho Brown
- Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Bowling Green, $1,815, Ken Waldman
- Kentucky Center for the Arts Endowment Fund, Louisville, $415, Ellen Hagan
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, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.
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