Kentucky Arts Council Rewards Arts Organizations for Successful Fundraising
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Arts Council recently awarded $1,033,483 to 22 Kentucky arts organizations in the Challenge Grant category. The grants are intended for the operational support funding of arts organizations whose primary purpose is to provide arts programs and services to benefit the public.
The Arts Council’s grant match is based on an organization’s ability to leverage unrestricted contributed revenues for general operating purposes from individuals, businesses, united arts funds, foundations and local governments.
Additional expectations of the Challenge Grant program are that grantees will increase arts participation, promote diverse arts and culture and help build an efficient arts delivery system across the state. Many of the grantees use these funds exclusively to advance educational programming.
For this fiscal year, Challenge Grant recipients matched every $1 of state funding with $16.8 in private fundraising.
NOTE TO EDITORS: FY2006 Challenge Grants recipients listed below.
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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council invests in programs that develop vibrant communities, provide lifelong education in the arts and support arts participation. Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government.
COUNTY APPLICANT AMOUNT
Campbell Northern Kentucky Symphony $20,542
dba Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra was founded with the mission to create a new audience for symphonic music by making it socially and economically attractive to diverse audiences. It differentiates itself from orchestras nationwide with its unique programs that exist to culturally enrich, educate and entertain the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati through unique and innovative music.
Contact: Angela M. Williamson
Daviess Owensboro Museum of Fine Art $16,872
The Owensboro Museum focuses on history and art through its permanent collection, schedule of changing exhibits and audience development program. Through its programming and involvement in the community the museum increases public knowledge; expands awareness and creativity; and develops an understanding, concern and appreciation for the arts.
Contact: Mary Bryan Hood
Daviess Owensboro Symphony Orchestra $26,707
The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization with a mission to perform symphonic music by an orchestra of the highest quality to a diverse and expanding audience in addition to providing music education and other services that enhance community life and the cultural environment of the region.
Contact: Chalmers Haas
Fayette Lexington Arts & Cultural Council $49,992
The Lexington Arts & Cultural Council is a non-profit community organization. Its mission is to promote high quality arts experiences for the benefit of all people in Central Kentucky through funding, advocacy, technical assistance, communication and programming initiatives. They provide a wide range of programs and funding opportunities designed to integrate the arts into the daily lives of area citizens, including Gallery Hop, LexArts Weekend, Public Arts Initiatives, and the Distinguished Speakers Series.
Contact: James Clark, President & CEO
Henderson Henderson Area Arts Alliance $9,568
The Henderson Area Arts Alliance is a non-profit company that brings area arts groups together under one umbrella. Their mission is to “ally the arts organizations of the Henderson area and to provide resources for member affiliates.” They also seek to enrich the quality of life in the area, promote economic development and tourism, education and incorporate students in the arts and humanities and provide a wide array of programming at affordable prices.
Contact: Ashley Denton
Jefferson Actors Theatre of Louisville $222,244
Actors Theatre of Louisville has emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative theatre companies. It has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting, and its unique approach to the presentation of the classic repertoire is renowned. The theatre’s mission is to provide insight into the human experience through live theatre that invigorates minds and emotions. In doing so, they hope to build a better community by bringing people together to participate in the power of collective imagination.
Contact: Andrew Crocker
Jefferson Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts $75,438
The Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts is a united arts fund organization supporting 15 performing and visual arts member groups and nine programs in the Metro Louisville community. Their mission is to increase revenues for the arts in addition to enabling the community to become the preeminent regional arts center in the United States and to maximize the impact of the arts on overall economic development, education of children and the enjoyment of those living in the community.
Contact: Lee P. Smith
Jefferson J.B. Speed Art Museum $113,530
dba The Speed Art Museum
The J.B. Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s first and largest art museum and a major regional arts resource. Its mission is to discover, together with its communities, the joy and power of great art. The Speed’s exhibitions, programs, and community partnerships provide public value. It hosts interactive activities, workshop studios and electronic art room computer activities targeted to reach children and families.
Contact: Paula Hale
Jefferson Kentucky Dance Council $54,301
dba Louisville Ballet
The Louisville Ballet, the State Ballet of Kentucky, is a national leader in professional classical and contemporary dance companies of its size. It features many programs including a professional training institute for young dancers aspiring to a professional career. The school has outreach facilities serving Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana and two in-school programs teaching movement to over 600 students. They also run a successful summer intensive training program for students, a movement program for medically fragile children and an after-school program for at-risk teens at the Home of the Innocents.
Contact: Kim Klein, Director of Development
Jefferson Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft $33,767
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the art and craft heritage of Kentucky through a unique collaboration with artists and educates the public though programming and exhibits. Kentucky’s craft art heritage has its roots in many different cultures; therefore, it provides a shared experience that unites all ages and parts of the community.
Contact: Mary Miller
Jefferson Kentucky Opera Association $102,171
Kentucky Opera (KYO) is among the oldest regional operas in the country. Its mission is to entertain and educate a diverse audience by offering opera of the highest quality. Each year, the opera engages over 360 local and international artists and produces three main stage productions at the Kentucky Center in Louisville reaching audiences in a six-state region. A range of educational, programs, such as their OperaWorks tour performed by KYO’s Young Artists Program, serves diverse statewide audiences. The KYO along with Opera Puppet Theatre, VISIONS!, and other programs are responsible for KYO’s recognition as a national leader in developing unique and substantive opera programming for young audiences.
Contact: Jeff Sodowsky
Jefferson Kentucky Shakespeare Festival $17,737
The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is the oldest, free, professional, independently operated Shakespeare Festival in North America. Their mission is to enhance Kentucky’s community life by engaging adults and children across the Commonwealth in performance and educational outreach regardless of their financial, physical or geographic limitations.
Contact: Steven Renner
Jefferson Louisville Bach Society $3,586
The Louisville Bach Society was organized 41 years ago to perform the best classical choral/ orchestral repertoire. It maintains that goal, and has added performances to educate and entertain school-age children.
Contact: Brench L. Boden
Jefferson Louisville Chorus $1,108
The Louisville Chorus is an art organization that fosters the art of choral music for singers, audiences, and students through performances and education programs.
Contact: Therese Davis
Jefferson Louisville Orchestra $213,006
The Louisville Orchestra performs a variety of orchestral music through its classical, pops, and educational concerts. 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. As a musical resource for the entire community, the orchestra’s services extend to free public concerts, programs strengthening local school curriculum, and performances with the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera. During the 2005-2006 season, the orchestra will reach over 150,000 listeners of every age level and socio-economic class, throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Contact: Scott Provancher, Executive Director
Jefferson Louisville Visual Art Association $9,513
The Louisville Visual Art Association was organized to provide Louisville artists and arts patrons with opportunities to see contemporary visual art and has since established itself as a catalyst for expanding the reach of the visual arts. They provide exhibition space in addition to programs year round.
Contact: Sarah Yates
Jefferson Louisville Youth Choir $2,382
The Louisville Youth Choir offers year round opportunities for choral music education and professional performance opportunities for young people through exploration of a challenging choral repertoire. Their mission is “to create passion for singing!”
Contact: Don Scott Carpenter
Jefferson Louisville Youth Orchestra $7,124
The Louisville Youth Orchestra provides young musicians with high quality musical experience in areas such as artistic expression, technical achievement, self-discipline, cooperative effort and community involvement. According to the American Symphony Orchestra League it is the largest youth orchestra per metropolitan size in the nation.
Contact: Don Scott Carpenter
Jefferson Music Theatre Louisville, Inc. $5,911
Music Theatre of Louisville, Inc. is a non-profit organization based at Iroquois Amphitheatre, dedicated to strengthening and serving the Metro Louisville community by producing quality, diverse, and affordable entertainment by training and mentoring youth in the arts.
Contact: Peter Holloway
Jefferson Sarabande Books $18,948
Sarabande Books is a literary arts organization, created to help answer a need in the literary marketplace: the publication of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, genres which increasingly have trouble finding a place in the for-profit world. They also are directly involved in educational outreach programs and regularly conduct workshops, readings, and panel discussions related to the craft of writing. Sarabande Books sponsors two national competitions: The Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, both judged by highly regarded writers and poets.
Contact: Sara Gorham
Jefferson Stage One: The Louisville $24,153
Stage One: The Louisville Children’s Theatre, Inc., is a professional theatre for young audiences dedicated to the entertainment and development of youth. Its mission is to provide high quality, entertaining, professional theatre for young audiences that develops the whole child, supports the learning environment, and builds strong family bonds. Stage One is recognized for both its live stage performances and its theater educational services that have developed over the years to consist of in-service training for teachers, classroom workshops and residencies as well as a Teacher Resource Guide connecting drama and the arts to classroom curriculum.
Contact: Nancy Tafel
Pulaski Lake Cumberland Performing Arts $4,883
Lake Cumberland Performing arts is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of the people of the region by offering a wide array of cultural and theatrical programs to bring growth and diversity to the region. They provide activities year-round including the presentation of three categories of professional productions: CenterStage, School Time Theatre, and Children’s Prime Time Theatre.
Contact: Dianna Winstead