Kentucky Arts Council Provides $923,994 in Operational Support to Arts Organizations
The Kentucky Arts Council recently awarded $923,944 in matching General Operating Support Grants to enrich arts and cultural life across the Commonwealth. The council approved panel recommendations for operational support funding for 66 non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to provide year-round arts programming.
The Arts Council’s competitive General Operating Support I and II grant programs awards are based on the size of an organization’s operating budget combined with their ability to meet to specific performance expectations in arts delivery, networking and collaboration, diversity, and promoting the value of the arts.
The reach of the General Operating Support Grant program is very diverse both geographically and in the type of arts and cultural programming the funding provides. Recipients have been awarded in 32 counties. Among the group of grantees are educational and training programs, performing festivals, craft and visual arts membership organizations, orchestras, theatre groups, art museums, and community development programs.
EDITORS NOTE: FY2006 General Operating Support Grant 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.
General Operating Support I
COUNTY ORGANIZATION AMOUNT
Boyd Paramount Arts Center $74,074
Paramount Arts Center’s (PAC) mission is to inspire, educate and entertain its community with outstanding performing arts and diverse cultural experiences. That is paired with the artistic vision to create a cultural environment that reaffirms the area’s Appalachian traditions while broadening its aesthetic parameters. It accomplishes these goals by presenting several interdisciplinary series of arts programming in its historic theatre in identified outreach areas, and by exposing school-age children to a series of live theatre, musical concerts, cross-cultural exchanges, and creative workshops.
Contact: Kathleen L. Timmons, Executive Director
Christian Pennyroyal Arts Council $8,954
The Pennyroyal Arts Council, Inc. (PACI) works by presenting quality performances in all disciplines to reach diverse and underserved populations; developing and promoting arts in education programming through performances and hands-on activities; utilizing professional artists and touring companies; promoting local artists and arts organizations by providing technical, financial, administrative and marketing assistance and by providing a performance arts venue for the community through maintenance, renovation and management.
Contact: D. Carol Barta, Executive Director
Clark Winchester Council for the Arts $6,692
dba Leeds Center for the Arts
The Leeds center for the Arts is an organization that serves as an informational resource and educational center as well as a visual and performing arts center for citizens within a 50-mile radius.
Contact: Fara Fox Tyree, President
Daviess RiverPark Center, Inc. $99,384
The RiverPark Center is the arts and cultural center for the Owensboro-Daviess County Region. It contains multi-purpose facilities designed to accommodate the needs of local and touring arts organizations. More than 1,000 events occur at RiverPark Center each year that feature local and regional arts organizations, school groups, touring professionals, churches and civic organizations.
Contact: Roxi Witt, Operating Support
Daviess International Bluegrass Music Museum $17,603
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is an international arts agency that serves as the official international repository for collections of bluegrass music and a state-of-the-art showcase for treasured artifacts. It is responsible for safeguarding the history of bluegrass music, paying tribute to its pioneers and legends, enlightening its public, and inspiring its future. It has four programs, augmenting the public’s awareness, acceptance, and love for this original Kentucky art form. Their role in the community is: providing exciting, hands-on museum experiences complete with live music and clogging; accredited teacher in-service training and lesson plans; free instruments and professional bluegrass music instructors for elementary schools; masterful performances by national acts in schools; and free instrument lessons for teachers, students, parents and interested members of the community.
Contact: Gabrielle Gray, Executive Director
Daviess Owensboro Dance Theatre $5,578
The Owensboro Dance Theatre, Inc. is an organization dedicated to quality dance performance and education. It is comprised of pre-professional dancers that provide performance to the tri-state area incorporating the various genres of dance. In doing so, they seek to educate and expand the community’s knowledge and appreciation of dance as an art form. They also provide clinics and workshops available and open to all young aspiring dancers in the Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana region.
Contact: Linda Smith, Administrative Assistant
Daviess Theatre Workshop of Owensboro $4,745
The Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (TWO) was organized for the purpose of providing opportunities and promoting interest in all areas of community theatre. TWO provides the community with a quality season of diverse plays, outreach workshops to train volunteers, and educational services.
Contact: Mike Filbin, Executive Director
Fayette Living Arts & Science Center $17,511
The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) was created to “provide creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. Each year, the LASC presents more than 300 arts classes and workshops for children 18 months old to adult. Classes and exhibits include a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional art forms such as pottery, printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, model building, sculpture, collage and others.
Contact: Heather Lyons, Director
Fayette Lexington Children's Theatre, Inc. $36,682
The Lexington Children’s Theatre, Inc. provides young Kentuckians with professional quality theatre experiences, theatre arts education and to promote theatre for young audiences. It is a fully professional theatre employing full-time and part-time actors, educators, directors, designers, administrators and technicians.
Contact: Brenda Psotka, Development Director
Fayette Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra $57,342
The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra contributes to cultural and artistic life, collaborating with other arts groups, ensuring accessibility, through educational programming for future generations.
Contact: Peter Kucirko, Executive Director
Fayette Lexington Art League $17,437
The Lexington Art League (LAL) is Central Kentucky’s oldest and largest non-profit visual arts organization. They are committed to providing exhibition and educational opportunities for artists, patrons, and the public. The vision of the LAL is to develop a new paradigm for the importance of visual art to the vitality of Lexington and Central Kentucky through presenting exhibits and programs of excellence.
Contact: Allison Kaiser, Executive Director
Fayette Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras $6,660
The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) is a performing arts organization and is credited as the oldest self-governing youth orchestra in the United States. Formed in 1947 to provide performance opportunities for young musicians and concerts for the community CKYO offers three orchestras: Symphony, Concert and Preparatory.
Contact: Barbara Nobbe, Office Manager
Fayette Lexington Shakespeare Festival $8,162
The Lexington Shakespeare Festival (LSF) provides opportunities for artists and thousands of participants to experience Shakespeare and the classics in an outdoor format and in various public venues. Educational workshops, youth programs and productions, auditions, planning and rehearsals have made the festival a year-round attraction for those interested in theatre. LSF’s mission is to provide heightened awareness for the community’s understanding of classical literature by the production of quality Shakespearean plays and other classical playwrights.
Contact: Derik R. Mannon, General Manager
Fayette Lexington Ballet Company $7,019
The Lexington Ballet Company is a non-profit ballet school that offers high quality dance instruction for pre-professional students.
Contact: Mark Roozen, Executive Director
Fayette Music Institute of Lexington $7,875
The mission of the Music Institute of Lexington is to provide quality musical enrichment programs for Central Kentuckians of all ages and abilities with an extensive outreach effort aimed at traditionally underserved populations, including those who have disabilities and children and youth who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their emphasis on diversity and community participation is aptly expressed in the vision that “our weakest hands may someday make the strongest music.” Their students are nationally successful and in reaching these musical heights bring families together, and increase self-esteem and confidence through performances.
Contact: Mylinda Dockery, Executive Director
Fayette Actors Guild of Lexington $15,515
The Actors Guild of Lexington is a professional theatre with a commitment to become Lexington’s premier professional theatre for adults while simultaneously continuing to nurture, train and employ local theatre artists. The Actors Guild seeks the best-written and most compelling works, from living playwrights, to share with their audiences.
Contact: Richard St. Peter, Artistic Director
Fayette Kentucky Ballet Theatre $9,288
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s (KBT) mission is to establish through performances and education, a professional company and academy committed to the art of dance and promote this art form in the central Kentucky region and provide service to the Commonwealth, were a need and interest exist. KBT’s artistic objective is to be true to the art form of ballet while performing both traditional and neo-classical while producing new works that are accessible, entertaining and creative.
Contact: Jan Foody, President
Floyd Jenny Wiley Drama Association Inc $33,581
Jenny Wiley Theatre (JWT) works to provide enrichment to its community through support to artists; producing a range of dramatic genres; preserving local culture and heritage through historical drama; minimizing barriers for participation from diverse populations; enabling young people to participate in, experience and create live theatre; contribution to regional tourism and economic development; and bridging gaps between the local community and other cultures and traditions. JWT produces school matinees, a tour for schools, year round educational workshops for youth, Professional Development for teachers, training and consultation, Cabarets and outreach into the community.
Contact: Martin C. Childers, Managing Director
Floyd Mountain Arts Center $32,786
The Mountain Arts Center (MAC) is a publicly owned cultural arts center based in Prestonsburg, Kentucky that serves a 15-county area throughout the eastern region of the state. The Center opened doors to eastern Kentucky to present a wide range of performing artists, as well as laying the foundation for music and arts education programs for all ages. The MAC is the home of the Kentucky Opry, a musical and comedy group comprised of local performers, which is now recognized across the state.
Contact: Keith Caudill, Director of Operations
Franklin Frankfort Arts Foundation $2,146
The Frankfort Arts Foundation (FAF) is a community arts organization serving the City of Frankfort, Franklin County, and all surrounding counties. It is a community-focused organization, chiefly dedicated to improving the Frankfort area community using the performing and visual arts as a vehicle. The mission of the Frankfort Arts Foundation is to promote cultural enrichment through artistic and educational endeavors.
Contact: Patricia Terry Vansant, Executive Director
Hart Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave $28,423
Kentucky Repertory Theatre, formerly Horse Cave Theatre, is the only equity, year-round, arts-producing organization in all of Central, Southern and Western Kentucky and one of only seven of its kind in the nation. A broad variety of plays chosen for their quality and relevance are presented in rotating repertory format. The plays provide a balanced, contrasting and complementary experience for diverse audiences comprised of regional residents and tourists.
Contact: Robert Brock, Artistic Director
Henderson Ohio Valley Art League $2,110
Ohio Valley Art League (OVAL) is a visual arts organization serving Northwestern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Southern Illinois. It’s objective is to provide the surrounding area with exhibitions and programs that are new and exciting in addition to educating the public about the visual arts especially those that would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the arts.
Contact: Jule McClellan, Executive Director/ Curator
Jefferson Walden Theatre $22,324
The Walden Theatre provides young people the opportunity to grow and develop through professional study of theatre. Major programs include the on-site Conservatory Program, an after-school theatre program for students between the ages of 8-18; the Summer Academy and school-based outreach programs.
Contact: Anita Streeter, Managing Director
Jefferson Portland Museum Inc $11,147
The artistic objective of the Portland Museum is to increase cultural opportunities for Portland residents by providing programs of high artistic quality, often, but not exclusively, tied to themes of Portland’s heritage. An overarching theme of the museum’s 27 years of service to the neighborhood is to use the arts and humanities to help the neighborhood fulfill its potential.
Contact: Erin Gerrity, Visitor’s Services Coordinator
Jefferson Juneteenth Festival, Inc. $1,953
dba Juneteenth Legacy Theatre
The Juneteenth Legacy Theatre’s mission is to entertain, educate, enrich, and empower communities about the African-American experience in both historical and contemporary contexts. The company’s artistic objectives are to develop and produce new and original works about the African-American legacy, to provide career opportunities for African-Americans and to be Kentucky’s foremost professional African-American theatre company.
Contact: Lorna Littleway, Founder/ Producing Director
Jefferson Louisville Arts Council, Inc. $1,648
The Louisville Arts Council, Inc. is an arts advocacy, social change and technical resource based organization. The council supports artistic activities that link the arts and the community. These activities address building and strengthening neighborhoods through arts and educational programming for youth and adults. The mission of the Louisville Arts Council is to assist community arts and artists by nurturing relationships, fostering multicultural diversity, providing tools and resource materials, and advocating for the growth and economic development of the community.
Contact: Nana Yaa Asantewa, Founder and President Emerita
Kenton Behringer-Crawford Museum $9,820
The Behringer-Crawford Museum (BMC) is the only museum in Kentucky that has accepted the unique responsibility of chronicling the natural, cultural, and artistic heritage of the tri-count area that makes up the Northern Kentucky region. BMC makes a constant effort to present the community with fun and interactive educational arts programs that bring history to life and in doing so creates opportunity for personal enrichment throughout the year.
Contact: Laurie Risch, Executive Director
Kenton Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center $18,829
The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, formerly a library, came to be an arts center in 1972. In 1998, the board of community directors strategically planned for outreach by the center. Implementation of this plan has been executed through the growing number of educational programs that take place at the center in addition to performance events.
Contact: Nancy Henry Chadwick, Executive Director
Kenton Center for Great Neighborhoods $6,403
Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington is a community development organization serving residents of Covington. Founded in 1976, CGNC is a product of two church-based neighborhood centers. Their approach reflects a belief that the community’s future depends on identifying and utilizing the strengths of all its members. Throughout its history, the center has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to youth, families and neighborhoods in Covington.
Contact: Jean St. John
859-491-2220 ext. 17
Letcher Appalshop $140,000
Appalshop was created in 1969 through the OEO as a War on Poverty project to train youth in filmmaking so they could find jobs in the national cultural industry. Today the organization is an internationally acclaimed cultural center located in the coalfields of the Appalachian Mountains. Appalshop’s mission is to revitalize, document, and disseminate the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia; to tell stories the commercial industries won’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. All of Appalshop’s work is arts-centered, and the organization encourages community input and participation in its media, performance, visual arts, and music productions—generating and active participation in its media, performance, visual arts, and music productions.
Contact: Greg Howard, Director
Madison Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen $11,139
The mission of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen (KGAC) is to establish art and craft as a vital influence by promoting excellence through education, collaboration, leadership and service. It is a not-for-profit, statewide, visual art and craft service and membership organization. KGAC, as a statewide organization, proactively seeks ways to knit together the diverse art and craft related groups throughout Kentucky with a common focus on educating artisans, youth, tourists and the general public about Kentucky’s art and fine craft and the value of quality craftsmanship.
Contact: Jessica Hartman, Executive Director
Madison Richmond Area Arts Council $9,475
The Richmond Area Arts Council is a non-profit organization that was to meet the community’s need for a multidisciplinary regional arts agency. They are charged with the following mission: To enrich the quality of life for area residents of all ages. The Richmond Area Arts Council, in partnership with the community, presents art forms; provides educational opportunities; and supports and promotes arts groups and artists.
Contact: Marie Fore, Executive Director
Madison Berea Arts Council, Inc. $2,854
The purpose and artistic objectives of the Berea Arts Council are to connect the community through all forms of art by providing a wide variety of artistic experiences. It was organized in 1986 to address the need for community arts in Berea.
Contact: Gwen Childs, Executive Director
McCracken Market House Theatre, Inc. $26,517
In 1964, the market House Theatre was formed by volunteers that transformed an abandoned market house building into a theatre. The mission of the theatre is to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing a “hands on” artistic experience for people of all ages.
Contact: Michael Cochran, Executive Director
270-444-6828 ext. 114
McCracken Yeiser Art Center $4,529
The Yeiser Art Center was established for the purpose of promoting the appreciation of the visual arts and for their creation. The Center carries out its original mission and continues the development and appreciation of the visual arts by operating as a non-profit visual arts organization that serves adults and children of all ages through the region.
Contact: Robin Taffler, Executive Director
McCracken Museum of the American Quilter's Society $28,481
The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society is a visual arts and textiles museum with a permanent collection of more than 200 quilts. In addition to services to the general public such as workshops, lectures, gallery talks and interpretation classes to exhibits, the museum also provides a much-needed venue for quilt artists to exhibit their work.
Contact: Alice Tabor, Business Manager
270-442-8856 ext. 26
McCracken Paducah Symphony Orchestra $16,144
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra (PSO) was founded in 1979 to provide the highest quality orchestral and choral music to area residents, and to provide professional employment to musicians in Western Kentucky. It offers performance experience, music education and outreach activities in the region. There have been over 120 ensemble performances in 20 communities since the outreach program was started in the early 1980s.
Contact: K. Jeff Voigt, Executive Director
McCracken Paducah Film Society, Inc. $2,757
The Paducah Film Society is a non-profit organization that was founded to bring high quality, independent and foreign film to audiences in Paducah. Their mission is to use film to provide entertainment, promote cultural literacy, create cross-cultural awareness and promote filmmaking as an art form.
Contact: Holly King, Board President
Mercer The Ragged Edge Community Theater $2,046
The Ragged Edge Community Theater began as an amateur, volunteer non-profit organization. Since it’s beginning, it has developed its mission and become a cultural arts center, providing and promoting the performing arts, increasing the cultural and educational opportunities, visual art and high quality entertainment for the community of Mercer County and Central Kentucky.
Contact: Carla Purdom, Executive Director
Montgomery Montgomery County Council $5,189
for the Arts
The Montgomery County Council for the Arts began in 1991 to address the lack of arts programming in the Mt. Sterling/ Montgomery County community in a climate of high unemployment rates, factory closings, and general community apathy. The purpose of the council is to promote, enhance and contribute to the educational, artistic and cultural lives of those living in Central and Eastern Kentucky; and to serve as a resource and supportive agency for organizations that affect or alter the cultural climate of the community.
Contact: Cay Lane, Executive Director
Pendleton Kincaid Regional Theatre $3,645
Kincaid Regional Theatre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide musical and comedy entertainment of the highest quality to the surrounding areas of Northern and central Kentucky. In doing this, the theatre affirms its commitment to artistic excellence, and the advancement of theatre arts. Kincaid Regional Theatre came into existence in 1982 as a joint venture of artistic minded community leaders and the Pendleton County Board of Education. It creates an artistic outlet for professional and local talent in a rural location where few artistic or theatrical opportunities are available.
Contact: Shirley L. Merrill, General Manager
Perry Greater Hazard Area Arts Council/ $6,944
Performing Arts Series
The Greater Hazard Area Arts Council (GHAAC) and Performing Arts Series (PAS) is a not-for-profit organization that is community focused. The council assists in the development of the arts and arts education in the Southeast Kentucky region. The purpose is to develop an awareness and appreciation of the arts by presenting and producing diverse arts programs and arts education activities that are both unique and familiar to the upper Kentucky River area of Southeast Kentucky. Through this exposure the organization strives to develop an arts educated community that would in turn promote the importance of the arts to all.
Contact: Tammy Duff, Performing Arts Director
Trigg Cadiz Community Arts Center $2,279
dba Janis Mason Art Museum
The Janice Mason Art Museum, originally named the Cadiz Community Arts Center, provides opportunity for interaction with the visual and performing arts for Trigg County citizens and surrounding regions, and in so doing, promotes an environment for people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve personal growth through the arts. The museum houses two galleries and class studio spaces for pottery, stained glass, painting and drawing.
Contact: Martha, Davis, Administrator
Warren VSA arts of Kentucky $9,064
VSA arts is an international organization headquartered in Washington D.C. with affiliates in forty-nine states and sixty countries. It provides national programs that many affiliates chose to participate in while developing their own programming according to the needs as determined by its own board and mission. The mission and objective of VSA arts of Kentucky is to promote arts, education and creative expression for all with an emphasis on persons with disabilities.
Contact: Ginny Miller, Executive Director
Warren Capitol Arts Alliance $21,928
The Capitol Arts Alliance, in its mission, strives to enrich the quality of life in their region through arts experiences as a presenter, an art educator, and a leader. The alliance works towards these goals through its 100 member volunteer base and over 1,300 artists involved in performing, submitting, exhibiting, teaching workshops and working with day camps.
Contact: Dawn Wesley, Operating Support
Warren Public Theatre of Kentucky $5,048
The Public Theatre of Kentucky (PTK) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote and encourage the art of theatre throughout the community. In addition to presenting a main stage season of five to six plays a year, PTK initiated the After Hours series that features local musicians, which supports artists and attracts new audiences to the theatre.
Contact: Delia Brown, Producing Director
Warren Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra Inc. $7,570
The Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra (BGCO) has filled a pressing need in the region for quality string instruction by forming the Bowing Green String Academy with over 130 students, three youth orchestras, the Chamber Singers and the Chamber Players. Most concerts are either sellouts or drawing an average of 750 patrons. As the only professional chamber orchestra in Kentucky, the BGCO employs the finest musicians in the region to perform a busy season of subscription concerts, run-outs and special events. The result is a unique product that entertains and educates the audience.
Contact: Darrell G. Edwards, Executive Director
Warren Bowling Green Western $3,652
The Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit corporation and a joint venture with Western Kentucky University (WKU). This organization raises funds, provides support services, and guides the direction of the orchestra. WKU’s Music Department provides student musicians, a conductor and music director, and musical instruments and literature. The result of this relationship is an efficient pooling of community and university resources to provide the citizens of Bowling Green and surrounding communities with a symphony orchestra of the highest quality.
Contact: Susan Pribble, Development Director
Wolfe Appalachian Heritage Alliance $2,491
The Appalachian heritage Alliance (AHA), formerly the Wolfe County Arts Association, promotes culture and creativity in Wolfe and surrounding counties through educational arts and cultural programs. Working in partnership with existing groups to provide these programs, AHA strives to unite Appalachian communities through art.
Contact: Janine Musser, Director
TOTAL GSO I $883,443
General Operating Support II
COUNTY ORGANIZATION AMOUNT
Boyd Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky $2,152
The Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky works to improve the community’s connection with the arts. They have provided partnership and support for cultural events in the area as well as distribute information about upcoming events through their local newsletter and website.
Contact: Patricia Hall, Executive Director
Boyd Artists in Concert $3,029
Artists In Concert is an all-volunteer organization established or the purpose of presenting professional classical and semi-classical music programs for the general public and providing musical education experiences for school children of all ages in Boyd and Greenup counties.
Contact: Jim Cargill
Boyle Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County $1,570
The Arts Commission of Danville/ Boyle County is an ‘umbrella organization’ that strives to represent and serve all artists and arts organizations within the community. They provide a bridge between the arts and the community by promoting and encouraging the work of artists and arts organizations. The Arts Commission has also fostered partnerships among the arts, the business sector and local government.
Contact: Ann M. Nichols, Executive Director
Calloway Murray Civic Music Association $2,580
The Murray Civic Music Association is a non-profit organization that presents an annual series of music and dance attractions that would not otherwise be accessible to their community.
Contact: Virginia Randolph, Grant Coordinator
Crittenden Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation $2,753
Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation provides a variety of artistic displays, performances, activities and workshops, while actively soliciting audiences and partnerships from every segment of the community and activities in an accessible and inviting environment.
Contact: Susan Alexander, Resident Director
Franklin Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education $4,353
The Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education was created to develop and nurture partnerships with people and organizations for the development of arts education in the Commonwealth.
Contact: Kathi E.B. Ellis
Graves Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild $3,159
The Mayfield/ Graves County Art Guild provides educational programs in aesthetic appreciation and art techniques to all age levels; provides exhibition space for the display of work by local and regional artists and art groups; presents occasional special exhibits by noted artists from outside the region; and assists the local school systems and parents in identifying and developing emerging talent from among the student population.
Contact: Dana S. Heath, Executive Director
Harlan Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Guild $1,000
The Poor Fork Arts and Crafts Guild was formed to work toward “preserving the best of the past for the betterment of the future.” The guild serves as a support group for Appalachian artists and work together to find ways to market their products. It also owns facilities that serve as a center for artists and crafts persons that do not have the space or financial capabilities to access large items that enable them to continue their craft.
Contact: Kateena Haynes
Jefferson Pleiades Theatre Company $2,576
The Pleiades Theatre Company was created to provide female artists in the Kentuckiana area opportunities and to promote theatrical productions that focus on women’s issues, introducing a new generation of theatregoers to classical and contemporary drama in a context respectful of diversity.
Contact: Jill Adams, President of the Board
Jefferson West Louisville Talent Education Center $1,454
The West Louisville Talent Education Center provides first-rate, professional violin instruction, at an accessible cost, to students ranging from 3 to 18 years of age residing in the metro Louisville inner city. Instruction is modified from traditional teaching methods to meet inner-city lifestyles. The intention of this after-school program is for each student to perform at the highest caliber in music, academics, community and family involvement.
Contact: Berry K. Sosa, Business Manager
Johnson Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network $1,000
The Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network (CHN) is a grassroots organization of artists, preservationists and citizens. The network is an information resource for arts organizations, communities and individuals by providing a forum for discussion of issues in the arts, heritage preservation and cultural economic development of the region.
Contact: Brenda Cockerham, Administrator
Kenton My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company $4,007
My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company is committed to fulfilling the following mission: “Preserve and enlarge the art of the theatrical clown. It exists to educate the public about the role of the clown in culture, increasing the audience awareness of the art form and to provide communities the opportunity to celebrate the experience.” They have toured extensively through the state of Kentucky as well as the eastern half of the United States performing in schools, libraries and family venues as well as theatre residencies in mime, multicultural folktales, Renaissance Fairs, Commedia dell’Arte, and works of children’s literature.
Contact: Steve Roenker, Director
Mason Ohio River Valley Artists Guild $2,787
The Ohio River Valley Artists Gild was initiated to support and provide area visual artists with peer group activities and educational opportunities. Some of its recent activities include: art lecture series, artists to speak at school career day, middle school art fair, KAEA high school art show, life drawing for high school, kids summer art camp, community art show, annual art sale and charity auction.
Contact: Heidi Huron, Executive Director
Muhlenberg Muhlenberg Community Theatre $3,146
Muhlenberg Community Theatre was created to provide an ongoing dramatic presence in Muhlenberg County. It has pursued five main objectives in its history: to entertain the public, educate the children, inspire its audience, enlighten the community to arts as an integral part of the life and to develop new talent in citizens.
Contact: David Epplett, Corporate Secretary
Oldham Oldham County Arts Association $1,395
The Oldham County Arts Association (OCAA) co-ordinates local arts programs and provides opportunities for artist to perform and exhibit. OCAA increases public accessibility and involvement in the arts, promotes arts education among students and establishes partnerships for collaborative programs and events.
Contact: Jay Broder, President
Pike Artists Collaborative Theatre $1,543
The Artists Collaborative Theatre provides the greater Appalachian area with cultural experiences for both artists and attendees through the genre of theatre arts. It offers performances based on original scripts from local and regional writers, productions based on scripts about Appalachian heritage, through artistic exchanges with other regional/cultural performance groups, local story presentation, public dramatic readings, and involvement of local people of all ages groups in staging and production performances.
Contact: Denise Thomas, Project Development
Scott Scott County Arts Consortium $1,997
The Scott County Arts Consortium was incorporated as a non-profit organization to save and rehabilitate the historic Scott County jail complex for use as an art, culture, community and education center. They sponsor classes, workshops and special events as well as participate in community events.
Contact: Barbara A. Strippelhoff, Executive Director
TOTAL GSO II $40,501