Kentucky Arts Council Provides $1,197,145 in Operational Support to Arts Organizations
The Kentucky Arts Council recently awarded $1,197,145 in matching General Operating Support grants to enrich arts and cultural life across the Commonwealth. The Arts Council approved panel recommendations for operational support funding for 70 non-profit organizations, based in 29 different counties, whose primary purpose is to provide arts opportunities for Kentuckians. These funds are granted for FY2008, which is July 1, 2007 thru June 30, 2008.
The Arts Council’s competitive General Operating Support I and II awards are based on the size of an organization’s operating budget combined with their ability to meet specific performance expectations in the areas of arts delivery, networking and collaboration, diversity, and promoting the value of the arts.
“The General Operating Support programs provide financial support to organizations both large and small, in communities across the commonwealth. The Arts Council’s investment in these organizations provides educational services, builds vibrant communities and boosts tourism and economic development for Kentucky,” says Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.
Among the organizations funded by the Arts Council’s operating support grants are performing arts presenters, choral groups, dance companies, festivals, craft and visual arts organizations, public galleries, orchestras, professional and community theatre groups, museums, and educational and community development programs.
In the next granting cycle (FY2009), the Kentucky Arts Council’s General Operating Support Programs along with the Challenge Grant Program will be combined into a new arts organization operational support grant program, the Kentucky Arts Partnership Program that is designed to enhance the arts delivery system across the commonwealth. For more information about the Kentucky Arts Council’s operational support programs, contact Dan Strauss, Arts Program Branch Manager, at (502) 564-8110 ext. 474 or Dan.Strauss@ky.gov.
Funding for the Kentucky Arts Council is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
NOTE TO EDITORS: General Operating Support Grant I & II recipients and contact information are listed below, by county.
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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
Paramount Arts Center $70,179
The Paramount Arts Center hosts a year-round schedule of live theatre, musical concerts, cross-cultural exchanges and creative workshops, including five concerts, Highway 23 Jamboree, Joe’s Rising Star Café, the Broadway Series, and additional family events. Annually, the Paramount produces its Clavinova Festival and Apollo Night, as well as summer theatre camps and touring performance companies. The Paramount creates a cultural environment that reaffirms the area’s Appalachian traditions while broadening its aesthetic parameters by presenting several interdisciplinary series of arts programming, and by exposing school-age children to the arts. The programs of the center inspire, educate and entertain many people of the community who would otherwise have little or no exposure to the arts.
Contact: Kathy Timmons-Setterman, Executive Director
Kentucky Symphony Orchestra $28,809
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra builds each symphonic concert around a theme to which the audience can relate. In its 15 seasons, the orchestra has grown, increasing its performances from 4 to 31, employing 67 choristers, 18 guest artists and 138 core and substitute musicians. It creates a new audience for symphonic music by making it socially and economically attractive to diverse audiences. The orchestra culturally enriches, educates and entertains the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati through unique and innovative presentations designed to make symphonic music attractive, accessible and affordable.
Contact: James Cassidy, Executive/Music Director
Pennyroyal Arts Council $8,168
The Pennyroyal Arts Council at the Alhambra Theatre provides both professional and community performances and visual arts programs, with its season running from August to June. It consists of annual events (Art Exhibits, Reading Celebration, Christmas Tour of Homes), a live At the Alhambra Series (performances from October to May) and smARTS (students meeting the ARTS). The Council presents quality performance in all discipline to reach diverse and underserved populations, develops and promotes arts in education programming, utilizes professional artist and touring companies, promotes local artists and arts organizations by providing technical, financial, administrative and marketing assistance, and provides a community performing art facility.
Contact: D. Carol Barta, Executive Director
International Bluegrass Music Museum $21,257
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is a progressive leader in the community and state and for a global bluegrass fan base numbering in the tens of millions. It is dedicated to preserving and “growing” bluegrass, Kentucky’s indigenous music, through developing and maintaining an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music through an exciting and educational experience. The Museum provides exhibitions, concerts, festivals, Saturday Lesson programming, Bluegrass in the Schools, and Monroe-Style Mandolin Camps.
Contact: Gabrielle Gray, Executive Director
Owensboro Dance Theatre $4,996
The Owensboro Dance Theatre, formed in 1982, features two major public performances each year: “the Nutcracker” in December and “In Concert” in late March or early April, along with company members annually performing at the Jazz on Tap festival in Atlanta and the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago. For its 25th Anniversary, the Owensboro Dance Theatre held a special “Silver Celebration” on June 2nd, 2007. The organization is dedicated to quality dance performance and education, providing professional dance instruction and quality dance performance to the tri-state area. Its clinics and workshops are available to all young aspiring dancers. Owensboro Dance Theatre offers a variety of dance forms and travels to different regional schools with its Movement and Dance in the Schools Program and Arts in the AM programs. Owensboro Dance Theatre educates and expands the community’s knowledge and appreciation of dance as an art form.
Contact: Donna Hutchinson, President
Owensboro Museum of Fine Art $32,885
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art features 14 temporary and permanent galleries featuring arts in all forms as a way to strengthen and inspire aesthetic and humanistic values. It has a permanent collection of American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts from the 15th century to present, and offers a schedule of changing exhibitions and lectures, seminars, performances, demonstrations, festivals and classes presented by guest visual and performing artists, scholars, historians and other arts professionals. 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, Director
Owensboro Symphony Orchestra $21,251
The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is western Kentucky’s premiere producer of classical and pops concerts, performing at the RiverPark Center. Last year, the Orchestra performed for 6,000 people during its classical and pops concert series, with attendance averaging 741 per concert. It performs symphonic music by an orchestra of the highest quality to a diverse and expanding audience as well as provides music education that enhances community life and the cultural environment of the region. The Orchestra offers a widely ranged repertory, as well as Kindermusik programs for infants and toddlers, and music appreciation classes for adults.
Contact: William O. Price, Executive Director
RiverPark Center, Inc. $129,292
The RiverPark Center, Inc., with the help of its new President/CEO, an experienced Broadway producer, is creating new programs including festivals and the “production” of Broadway touring shows. The RiverPark seeks to improve quality of life by hosting and presenting diverse arts and civic events, focusing on arts in education. In the last year, over 6,961 artists participated in one or more of the 126 performances at RiverPark Center. It has one primary and two supplemental performance spaces where it hosts festivals and touring shows, as well as the Friday after Five series (bands play), Arts Teach Kids (school-day performance series), and other miscellaneous community events (such as the International Tasting Tour, weddings, proms, etc.).
Contact: Zev Buffman, President/CEO
Theatre Workshop of Owensboro $3,798
The Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is a community theater that presents its performances, as well as other innovative and theatre education activities in the recently renovated Old Trinity Church in Owensboro. In the last year, it produced five main stage productions, two youth productions, a summer musical, and a special youth Christmas production, and hosted ongoing theatre instruction in the public schools and drama clubs. The organization provides opportunities and promotes interest in all areas of community theatre by being a progressive, community rooted theatrical arts organization that grows and challenges its volunteers to bring to life the very best assortment of theatrical productions to its audiences. It is also an artistic outlet for performers, musicians, directors, choreographers, costumers, make-up technicians, and educators to present diverse theatrical performances, outreach workshops, and educational services.
Contact: Mike Filbin, Executive Director
Actors’ Guild of Lexington $10,617
The Actors Guild of Lexington annually presents a season of six in-house productions, ranging from new works to classics, from comedies to dramas and musicals. Besides their stage work, the Actors Guild partners with several organizations for education and outreach to students, as well as The New Horizon Project, a new play reading and development initiative. In the past season, the organization engaged the services of nearly 70 artists, with that number expected to go up to 90 in the coming season.
Contact: Richard St. Peter, Artistic Director
Explorium of Lexington $28,736
The Explorium of Lexington, also known as the Lexington Children’s Museum, is an education-oriented 23,000 square foot museum located in downtown Lexington’s historic Victorian Square focused on educating young people about cultural diversity and inspiring creativity through the arts. It brings education to children through a creative, interactive model that is different from the traditional school model and creates a fun, dynamic environment that has continued to be an asset to the educational system in central and eastern Kentucky. It constructs a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity. Along with the Explorium’s permanent collection, it also hosts at least one traveling exhibit annually, cultural educational programs, and artist-in-residence programs at the Open Art Studio, Go Round and Holiday Go Round.
Contact: Sara Ness Holcomb, Executive Director
859-258-3253 ext. 15
Headley-Whitney Museum $23,118
The Headley-Whitney Museum, located on 15 acres in Lexington, is comprised of several different areas: the Main Museum Exhibition center, the Jewel Room and Library Building, the Shell Grotto, LaBelle House, the Education Building, the Horse Barn, the Bachelor’s Cabin, Swan Lake Cottage, and two formal gardens. These exhibition areas enrich the community by fostering knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of fine and decorative arts through exhibitions, which place an emphasis on, but are not limited to, the decorative arts. It is a venue for culturally diverse art objects and programming, providing audience access to the permanent global collection, but also to at least 20 working artists represented in exhibition, workshop/contests, and event offerings. With its education program, the museum encourages intellectual inquiry, interpretation and appreciation of art objects by all members of the community, from specialized collectors to the general public.
Contact: Sarah E. Henrich, Executive Director
Kentucky Ballet Theatre $9,987
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre performs both traditional, neo-classical ballets and produces new works that are accessible, entertaining and creative, along with a three-week summer intensive program for dancers and a shorter two-week, part-time program for less experienced young dancers. For its productions, the organization works with many different types of artists, from actors to singers to musicians, incorporating 205 artists in the last year. Its mission is to establish through performances and education, a professional company and academy committed to the art of dance and to promote this art form in the central Kentucky region and provide service to the commonwealth.
Contact: Norbe Risco, Artistic Director
Lexington Art League $21,018
The Lexington Art League provides exhibition and educational opportunities for artists, patrons, and the public through both free and some modest fee exhibits and events. In the last year alone, 106,364 people attended events hosted by the Art League. Organizing many different contemporary visual arts exhibitions, the Lexington Art League’s continuing responsibility is to evolve, to be relevant, accessible and engaged with all populations in central Kentucky and surrounding counties and promoting emerging artists, as well as holding dialogue sessions, panel discussions, lectures, classes and artists’ talks/demonstrations, and engaging underserved constituents.
Contact: Allison Kaiser, Executive Director
Lexington Ballet Company $9,622
The Lexington Ballet Company is a ballet school and regional professional dance company that offers dance instruction for pre-professional students. The Ballet Company presents three public productions each season with patrons averaging 290 to 320 per showing, appears in local events such as the Christmas Parade, and holds a variety of public and social fundraising events. It serves a large number of children through school performances, Ballet Discovery Outreach, Lexington Ballet School, and child-oriented professional productions.
Contact: Mark Roozen, Executive Director
Lexington Children's Theatre, Inc. $37,788
The Lexington Children’s Theatre at 68 years old is one of the nation’s oldest theatres for youth. Their primary audience, understandably, is that of school children, serving nearly 140,000 annually. This is accomplished through both public and school-day performances, providing young Kentuckians with professional quality theatre experiences, theatre arts education and the promotion of theatre for young audiences. The Theatre’s programming includes school residencies, touring performances, school day performances, summer classes and weekend performances for families.
Contact: Larry Snipes, Producing Director
Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra $49,477
The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra has approximately 919 artists, along with 300 volunteers who help to perform over 150 diverse concert programs and events. Besides concerts and special events, the Orchestra has implemented Discovery Concerts, special education and outreach programs, Instrument Petting Zoos and educational “Previews”, 10 lectures/mini concerts before Master Classics concerts. This allows it to be a cultural leader in Central Kentucky, filling existing educational and cultural voids. The Orchestra fosters excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of great music, enriching the lives of the community, and educating current and future audiences.
Contact: Peter Kucirko, Executive Director
Living Arts & Science Center $18,281
The Living Arts and Science Center offers classes and exhibits including two- and three-dimensional art forms such as pottery, printmaking, mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, model building, animation, sculpture, collage and others. It is dedicated to making the arts accessible to all, providing creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. The organization annually presents more than 400 art classes and workshops for children 18 months-old to adults, 6 to 8 art exhibits, field trip programs, hands-on art activities, and on-going free art classes for at-risk, special needs and underserved children, teens and adults.
Contact: Heather Lyons, Director
Music Institute of Lexington $7,861
Music Institute of Lexington provides students, last year 350 of them, with individual and group instruction in instrument, voice, and ballroom dancing. It strives to provide musical enrichment opportunities for youth in the Lexington area, as well as building audiences by increasing the awareness for people to enjoy and explore the wonders of expression that come through music. Besides instructional classes, Musicorps also offers an early childhood music curriculum, a music therapy program, and an outreach program for underserved populations.
Contact: Mylinda Dockery, Executive Director
Jenny Wiley Drama Association $25,957
The Jenny Wiley Drama Association presents nine theatrical productions each year: a Fall production, a Holiday Show, the Summer Season of three amphitheatre productions at Jenny Wiley Theatre, one dinner theatre production, a Cabaret, School matinees and the Theatre on Wheels Tour, as it strives to enrich the regional community through the performing arts. Besides their annual productions, Jenny Wiley provides a Youth Teen Company Program (workshops and production), SMArT-Y Camp (Science, Music, Art and Theatre for Youth), Theatre Education Institute (a five-day professional development/graduate course in theatre education), and Theatre Shorts (bringing theatre into underserved and under-represented parts of the community). It enhances the local community through multiple opportunities for arts creation and participation.
Contact: Martin Childers, Managing Director
Mountain Arts Center $69,912
The Mountain Arts Center (MAC) is a publicly owned cultural arts center located in Prestonsburg that serves 23 counties and 33 school districts throughout the eastern region of the state. The MAC provides educational opportunities to the people of eastern Kentucky through outreach programs including: arts education classes in various disciplines, an art gallery, individual instruction in voice and instrument, martial arts, workshops, recitals, master classes, school matinee performances, and festivals. Its concerts, plays and recitals have impacted the area economically and culturally, with a focus on featuring local musicians, artists and performers.
Contact: Keith Caudill, Executive Director
Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave $22,523
The Kentucky Repertory Theatre, as Kentucky’s only equity theatre outside of Louisville, had 30,000 people in attendance for its 2006 theatrical productions. It seeks to challenge, inspire, teach, and entertain the audience and artist. For Hart County and surrounding areas, the organization provides low-cost opportunities to participate (such as its “Pay What You Can” performances and one free performance for anyone new to the theatre). Kentucky Rep Theatre is also a venue for artists and craftsmen to teach classes, display their work and sell it, for musicians to perform, and a community meeting place. Educational programming includes Workshops on the Road (in schools), Project HEAT (in middle schools), James Still’s Jack and the Wonder Beans (in elementary schools), Young Performers (grades 9 -12), and Kentucky Voices (annual readings of new plays).
Contact: Robert Brock, Artistic Director
Henderson Area Arts Alliance $12,358
The Henderson Area Arts Alliance presents a full season of performing arts events at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, in conjunction with free, community-wide arts education programming for local students and adults. Its mission is to ally the arts organizations, provide resources for member affiliates and provide performing arts for the Henderson area to enrich the quality of life, promote economic development and tourism, educate and incorporate students and adults in the arts and humanities, and provide a wide array of programming at an affordable price. The organization’s work with diverse, local groups continually expands arts-related opportunities, from live performances to the visual arts, as it serves to educate, enlighten and enhance the community.
Contact: Beth Thompkins, Executive Director
Embroiderers’ Guild of America $21,216
The Embroiderers’ Guild of America provides comprehensive educational opportunities in the vast array of embroidery techniques, and provides venues for exhibiting embroidery, thus providing an audience for artists, and a source of understanding, delight, and inspiration for the public. It fosters the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery through education, research, and exhibits that preserve and celebrate the art and heritage of embroidery. The organization offers correspondence courses, multi-session classes, national and regional seminars, teacher and judge certifications programs, and advance study programs for qualified students.
Contact: Anita Streeter, Executive Director
Portland Museum, Inc. $7,457
The Portland Museum is located in Louisville’s historic riverside neighborhood of Portland, with a 10,000 square foot museum that contains four galleries, one of which is for the permanent exhibit. The Museum is an educational resource that collects, preserves, exhibits, interprets, and enhances the culture and heritage of Portland. At the heart of this institution is its community-based programming. The museum serves its community, through programs, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops, with approximately 450 hours of arts education programming for young people in the last year.
Contact: Nathalie Andrews, Executive Director
Sarabande Books, Inc. $18,115
Sarabande Books is a literary arts organization that provides a home for works of exceptional literary quality and serves as an educational resource to teachers, students and readers of creative writing. Last year, an estimated 20-25 artists were involved as authors, editors, readers, judges, and cover-art illustrators. It offers regional publishing opportunities, as well as the Kentucky Student Poetry Prize and sponsors two national competitions, the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Sarabande is directly involved in educational outreach programs and conducts workshops, readings, and panel discussions.
Contact: Sarah Gorham, President and Editor in Chief
VOICES of Kentuckiana, Inc. $3,835
VOICES of Kentuckiana, Inc. is an all inclusive, non-auditioned community chorus that offers a safe, educational, social environment based in the gay and lesbian culture of the Louisville/Southern Indiana community. Not only does VOICES support the arts by increasing public participation in them, but it also promotes social harmony and understanding. Each year, it plans for two major concerts (winter and spring), and participates in special events at the request of the Louisville-area community, with attendance ranging from 400 to 6,000, depending on the event.
Contact: Steve Adams, Board Chair
Walden Theatre $18,920
The Walden Theatre’s principal function is to teach young people to “do” theatre themselves. It trains exceptional young actors, gives school students a meaningful introduction to theatre, and presents professional quality student productions to the greater Louisville area. The organization has provided young people with nationally acclaimed programs that enable them to grow and develop through a comprehensive and professional study of theatre and literature for the last 31 years. The Walden provides several programs, such as the Conservatory Program, Summer Camps, the school-based Outreach Program, and Student Productions.
Contact: Charlie Sexton, Artistic Director
Behringer-Crawford Museum $8,418
The Behringer-Crawford Museum chronicles the natural, cultural, and artistic heritage of the tri-county area that makes up the northern Kentucky region, exhibiting and promoting contemporary northern Kentucky and Kentucky arts and artists. The Museum exhibits fine art, folk art, decorative art, and house specific arts, as well as year-round school and public programming, special exhibits, annual juried shows, music, and oral interviews. It serves to enhance the arts education curriculum for schools and the personal enhancement of every visitor, engaging residents from all backgrounds and all parts of the region, to create a sense of unity throughout the area and provide a connection to the community as a whole.
Contact: Laurie Risch, Executive Director
Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center $33,707
The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center is a three story converted library that now holds galleries, a theater, an education wing and administrative offices. It provides a venue for emerging and established artists to create, perform and exhibit, as well as providing educational opportunities, and having the participation of 619 artists in the last year. It offers free or low cost year-round art education programs, showcases emerging, local and regional contemporary artists in their five gallery spaces, use of the theater for performances and programs for school children and the community, and collaboration with other organizations for programs. The Carnegie works to grow audiences and introduce art to non-traditional participants.
Contact: Guy LaJeunesse, Executive Director
Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington $15,647
The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington connects youth and adults to artists and arts organizations, offering many different programs such as the Mosaic Gateway Project, Youth in Business: Kids Create and The Mosaic Wall. In addition to regular arts programming, the Center staff acts as a community resource for planning, community projects and collaborations such as the annual Art Off-Pike, an open-air art show. It works to involve community residents in the process of creating art, to elicit active and creative cultural expressions of people in the community, and to advance the community’s cultural development. The Center enables residents to understand and value their own cultural heritage and engages people who traditionally have not participated in the arts through a number of innovative programs, inclusion and outreach programs.
Contact: Tom DiBello, Executive Director
Appalshop is a multidisciplinary arts and cultural center located in Whitesburg, whose work is arts-centered and encourages community input and participation in its media, performance, visual arts, and music productions. Its mission is to revitalize, document, and disseminate the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia, to tell stories the commercial cultural 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 dialogues toward these ends.
Contact: Dudley Cocke, Financial Director
Richmond Area Arts Council $10,295
The Richmond Area Arts Council, a multidisciplinary regional arts agency, enriches the quality of life for area resident of all ages, presenting art forms, providing educational opportunities, and supporting and promoting arts groups and artists. With its 97 performing artists and 200 volunteers, the organization had over 7,000 participants in its various programs last year. The Richmond Area Arts Council provides a variety of programs, including after school programming, Musicgarten, grant writing seminars, free masters’ classes for high school students, and professional touring performances.
Contact: Anne Deck, Executive Director
Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center $91,928
The Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center is a regional multi-purpose performing arts center that opened in 2004 in historic downtown Paducah. It provides a diverse, excellent programming of performing artists to entertain, inspire and educate the people of Paducah and Western Kentucky. With the resident company of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, it presents a Broadway by the River Series, Carson Select Series, and Class Acts Educations Series, as well as renting areas of the Center for school, business, community, and family occasions.
Contact: Brian J. Laczko, Executive Director
Market House Theatre, Inc. $24,800
The Market House Theatre provides Paducah and the surrounding areas with a “hands on” artistic experience for people of all ages, providing five Main Stage Season productions; along with a Youth Season; a Studio Season, Footlights (four youth acting troupes for elementary, middle and high school); regional school outreach programs; workshops and residencies; Story Theatre (a pre-school/elementary school touring production); and original play competitions. It involves over 300 local and outside artists, as well as 260 volunteers. The arts organization trains, supports and presents local non-professional Kentucky residents in theatre productions at a professional-quality level.
Contact: Michael Cochran, Executive Director
Museum of the American Quilter's Society $28,554
The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society is a visual arts museum featuring fiber art, primarily created by women, with the intent to educate the public about the art, history and heritage of quilt making, including the diversity of quilts and their makers. The Museum hosts exhibits of its own collection, changing collections, workshops, community and special events, publications, in-school programs and activities, and a Museum Store. It celebrates quilt making as a part of Kentucky and American Heritage and as an ever-developing art and tradition.
Contact: May Louise Zumwalt, Executive Director
Maiden Alley Cinema/Paducah Film Society $2,742
The Paducah Film Society has been bringing high quality, independent and foreign films to audiences in Paducah for the last 14 years. It is their mission to use film to promote visual literacy, create cross-cultural awareness and promote filmmaking as an art form. The Film Society hosts regular weekly programming and special events, such as the River’s Edge Film Festival and the Jasper event.
Contact: Heather Ryan, Executive Director
Paducah Symphony Orchestra $15,770
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs numerous concerts and educational programs, reaching an audience of approximately 500-1,300 depending on the series. It offers the highest quality performance experience, music education and outreach activities to area residents, while providing employment to professional musicians in western Kentucky. Collaborations with groups such as the Symphony Chorus, and creating their Children’s Chorus keep the Symphony in the fore, allow them to make a difference with economic development and add to the overall quality of life of those in the region.
Contact: Darlene Dreyer, Executive Director
Yeiser Art Center $4,066
The Yeiser Art Center began as a small volunteer organization and now has a permanent exhibitions space, a permanent collection, and a supporting membership. It was created for the purpose of promoting the appreciation of the visual arts and for their creation. Besides its permanent exhibition space and collection, the Yeiser hosts six to eight annual exhibits that not only provide the regional community the opportunity to view original art from around the country, but also provide a forum for artists and serves as an educational resource for schools, colleges and community organizations.
Contact: Landee W. Bryant
Montgomery County Council for the Arts $5,382
The Montgomery County Council for the Arts is the primary provider of performances, exhibits and workshops for Montgomery County, with over 13,000 people attending their artistic events. The organization provides programming in all the arts disciplines for individuals in central and eastern Kentucky, promoting, enhancing and contributing to the educational, artistic and cultural lives, and serving as a resource and support agency for organizations which affect or alter the cultural climate of their community. The council focuses on bringing the arts into an area where they are not readily available, with an emphasis on visual, music, theatre, literary and dance.
Contact: Cay Lane, Executive Director
Kincaid Regional Theatre $4,049
The Kincaid Regional Theatre creates an artistic outlet for professional and local talent within its community, providing musical and comedy entertainment of the highest quality to the surrounding areas of northern and central Kentucky, as well as southeastern Indiana and southwestern Ohio. The Theatre utilizes two venues (indoor and outdoor) to present theatrical productions, as well as conducting two musical theatre workshops each summer. With the help of 150 volunteers, the Theater puts on both summer and winter productions.
Contact: Shirley L. Merrill, General Manager
Greater Hazard Area Arts Council/Performing Arts Series $5,847
The Greater Hazard Area Arts Council and Performing Arts Series is a community-focused organization that assists in the development of the arts and arts education in the southeast Kentucky region. The Greater Hazard Area Arts Council/Performing Arts Series’ programming consists of six to eight public performances, arts education activities, and workshops, benefiting over 5,500 individuals for the 2005-2006 year. 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 will in turn promote the importance of the arts to all.
Contact: Tammy Duff, Performing Arts Director
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum $10,984
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a 16,600 square foot facility that includes exhibit cases for instrument, artifacts, costumes, and memorabilia. It is a showcase to its heritage, helping to preserve unique traditions and evolve new ones in honoring all forms of Kentucky music, such as American, folk, gospel, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazz. Besides musical artifacts, the museum also hosts a music room where students and visitors can see, touch, hear and perform with five interactive exhibits.
Contact: Robert Lawson, Executive Director
Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra $14,396
The Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, the only professional chamber orchestra in Kentucky, employs the finest musicians in the region to perform a season of subscription concerts, run-outs and special event performances around balanced repertoires of classical and popular music, with total attendance at performances at around 18,000. In addition to the concerts, the organization has formed the Bowling Green String Academy, three youth orchestras, the Chamber Singers and the Chamber Players, for the purpose of entertaining, educating and enriching the community.
Contact: Darrell G. Edwards, Executive Director
Capitol Arts Alliance $14,926
Capitol Arts Alliance is a presenting organization accommodating arts, educational and civic events, as well as two gallery/exhibit spaces in its Capitol Arts Center. The Alliance is dedicated to enriching the lives of south central Kentucky through arts experiences and has fostered the growth of community arts by providing administrative assistance, facilities, and technical services to local and visiting artists. The Capitol Arts Alliance’s work with community events and organizations, its establishment of the Capitol Arts Youth Theatre and the Capitol Side Show Series benefit the community as a presenter, an education facilitator and a leader.
Contact: Dawn Wesley, Managing Director
Public Theatre of Kentucky $5,153
The Public Theatre of Kentucky, in its 20th season, has presented over 110 mainstage theatrical productions, with nearly 6,0000 attendees. It promotes and encourages the art of theatre throughout the city of Bowling Green and surrounding areas. In addition to the Mainstage season of five to six plays, the organization also offers the Sunburst Youth Theatre (a children’s theatre organization), the After Hours series (featuring local musicians), and gallery exhibitions of works from visual artists around the state.
Contact: Delia Brown, Producing Director
VSA arts of Kentucky $9,122
VSA arts of Kentucky is an affiliate of the national VSA arts, which was formed on the belief that the arts are central to our lives and belong to everyone. The organization provides many arts opportunities throughout the commonwealth for thousands of children, youth and adults with disabilities. VSA arts of Kentucky offers an under-served population equal opportunity to explore the arts in ways that are fully accessible. Through participatory involvement with trained professionals and volunteers, people with disabilities learn creative and social skills that open doors to new opportunities in the arts
Contact: Ginny Miller, Executive Director
TOTAL GOS I $1,126,126
General Operating Support II
Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky $1,000
The Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky provides information about local art activities and opportunities, as well as presenting art programming and performances for the community. Its mission is “Bringing Arts to Life”, as it improves the community’s connection with the arts. The Council provides partnership and support for cultural and musical events in the area as well as distributing information about upcoming events through monthly e-newsletters and mail.
Contact: Patricia Hall, Executive Director
Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County $1,250
The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County promotes all arts events by distributing the schedule of upcoming events to as many people as possible by way of a bi-monthly calendar, the ARTScene, while also providing exhibition opportunities to many artists, providing signage for Gallery Hops and working with local school systems in their projects. The Arts Commission acts as an umbrella organization to represent and serve all artists and art organizations within the community, providing a bridge between the arts and the community by promoting and encouraging the work of artists and art organizations. With a membership base of nearly 200, it continually touches the lives of both residents and artists alike.
Contact: Ann M. Nichols, Executive Director
Murray Art Guild $2,349
The Murray Art Guild, a visual arts organization, provides opportunities for the arts by bringing art and a more diverse group of individuals together through community collaborations (such as Drawing Classes, Community Roundtable, Arts on the Square and Dickens Alley). In addition to the collaborations, the organization provides workshops, exhibitions demonstrations, mentoring and offers members use of the community studio space. The Guild enriches the life of the community and provides a place for artists to work, display and sell their art.
Contact: Debi Henry Danielson, Executive Director
Murray Civic Music Association $2,420
The Murray Civic Music Association presents an annual series of music and dance attractions, including school-day concerts available to students in both the city and county. Concerts take place on Murray State University’s campus in Lovett Auditorium and, more recently, in the Performing Arts Hall of the Fine Arts Building. During this past season, 186 paid performers were presented, with a total attendance of 2375.
Contact: Jeanne Fleming, President
Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation $2,338
Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation provides a variety of artistic displays, performances, activities and workshops such as art history lectures, school residencies that include drama, storytelling and music such as opera. It strives to encourage an appreciation of the arts and motivates an active involvement with the arts by the people of Marion and Crittenden County. Fohs actively solicits audiences and partnerships from every segment of its community and offers activities in an accessible and inviting environment.
Contact: Susan Alexander, Resident Director
Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild $2,639
Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild provides 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; and presents occasional special exhibits by noted artists from outside the region. The organization also assists the school systems and parents in identifying and developing emerging talent from the student population. The Guild currently occupies 3,200 square feet, more than half of which is designated as exhibition space. During 2006, the Guild featured ten exhibitions, including the annual Impressions, Youthful Impressions, Arts in the Community and All About Gourds.
Contact: Dana S. Heath, Executive Director
Ohio Valley Art League $1,696
The Ohio Valley Art League is a visual arts organization serving northwestern Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern Illinois. Some of its major projects have included adding gallery lighting and a hanging system in the rotunda of the Henderson County Public Library, its young arts organization, a clay wall mural, a ceramic wall mural, and placing Henderson’s first public sculpture at the entrance of Henderson Fine Arts Center. The League provides the public with exhibitions and programs that are new and exciting and educational opportunities about the visual arts. It provides arts experiences in the region especially for those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the arts.
Contact: Jule McClellan, Executive Director/ Curator
Arts Council of Louisville, Inc. $5,104
The Arts Council of Louisville (formerly Louisville Arts Council) serves the entire city and county of Metro Louisville through programs, services, resources and special neighborhood initiatives. Specific multi-year initiative include: ARTSlink, Unity Arts Festivals, SANKOFA, EarthARTS, Teen’s and Kid’s Night Out, “Victory Over Violence”, and Festival of the Arts/Derby Arts Jams. The organization assists community arts and artists with services and programs by nurturing relationships, fostering multiculturalism, valuing diversity, providing tools, and resource materials, while advocating for the growth and economic development of our community and the artist. The Arts Council of Louisville encourages collaborations and partnerships with local, state, and national public and private sectors that build and strengthen community arts through arts education.
Contact: Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Founder and President Emerita
Squallis Puppeteers $5,090
Squallis Puppeteers spreads the art form of puppetry in Louisville and throughout the state. The organization collaborates in many performances, which incorporate puppetry with another art form, such as poetry, dance, drumming, or story telling. The puppeteers also teach artistic workshops, conduct residencies within a community school site, and partner with educators to bring school curriculum to life. Squallis Puppeteers plays a vital role in the diversity and vibrancy of the community through performances and workshops in the unique art of puppetry.
Contact: Nora Christensen & Jess Myers, Co-Executive Directors
The Louisville Chorus $2,305
The Louisville Chorus, Kentucky’s longest-thriving choral arts agency, presents an extremely versatile repertoire, including secular, classical, holiday, pop, folk, children’s, Broadway, bluegrass and film music, which conveys the unique character and style of each piece of music performed. Approximately 150 artists collaborated on 9 performances, bringing in an average of 300 individuals per show. The organization fosters the art of choral music for singers, audiences, and students through performances and educational programs throughout the state of Kentucky.
Contact: Therese Davis, Executive Director
West Louisville Talent Education Center $1,000
The West Louisville Talent Education Center provides arts and education enrichment for at-risk students, using violin instruction to promote excellence in music, academic and social areas. Instruction is conducted through a focused after-school program offering training within the student’s home neighborhood, including pair and group lessons, at an accessible cost. The vision is for each student to become a performer of the highest caliber in music and academics and active in community and family involvement.
Contact: Keith L. Cook, Director
Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center $6,033
The Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center offers year-round programming in dance, creative writing, performing arts, visual arts, fiber arts, and jewelry making with beads, with 224 individuals participating in 2006. It enhances the life of the community by nurturing individual artistic expression and celebrating diversity, serving as a catalyst for community redevelopment through the arts, culture and heritage tourism while celebrating the life of American artist Frank Duveneck. The organization has two main programs, Art Sparks for children and The Duveneck Expression for teens and adults. The Center has become a safe harbor and cultural outlet for artistic expression and community activities that enhance the quality of life, promote personal development and self-discovery, while creating a sense of hope for citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
Contact: Rena Gibeau, Executive Director
My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company $3,058
My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company preserves and enlarges the art of the theatrical clown. It exists, through its public demonstrations and performances as well as workshops and residencies, 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. The Company researches, preserves, develops and shares the great traditions of the theatrical clown, mime, Commedia dell’Arte, multicultural folktales, and the one ring circus. Its primary focus has been on developing the Youth Circus, an arts based prevention program highlighting the accomplishments of the community’s youth.
Contact: Steve Roenker, Director
Berea Arts Council, Inc. $4,933
The Berea Arts Council presents exhibits and programs throughout the year, with approximately 3,000 individuals participating in the last year. With the “Art for Everyone” motto, the organization connects the community through all forms of art by focusing the resources of Berea College and Berea’s extensive arts community on the need for arts in the larger community. The Council offers a vastly expanded range of activities and space, including exhibit and workshop/performance spaces.
Contact: Gwen Childs, Executive Director
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen $5,369
The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen works to establish art and craft as a vital influence in Kentucky by promoting excellence through education, collaboration, leadership and service. The organization works with other diverse art and craft related groups who have a common focus on education of youth and adults, artisans and the general public about Kentucky’s art and fine craft and the quality of work that goes into each piece of work, through exhibits, fairs, and its online newsletter.
Contact: Jeannette Rowlett, President
Marshall County Arts Commission $1,000
The Marshall County Arts Commission develops an appreciation in the community for the cultural heritage of the arts, offering support, encouragement and opportunities to residents involved in the performing and visual arts. The organization also offers community education in the arts through a balanced exposure to all arts disciplines, with varying artistic performances each year.
Contact: Vicki Madison
Ohio River Valley Artists Guild $1,500
The Ohio River Valley Artists Guild promotes both the visual arts within the community and provides area visual artists with peer group activities and educational opportunities. The Guild’s recent activities include a four-part Art Smart lecture series, an Art show at the Mason County Museum Center, life drawing, two-week summer kids art camp, 2-day seminars in colored pencil techniques and watercolor, an annual art auction, participation in the enrichment program for the Mason County Middle School and High School, workshops and outreach. Approximate 25 artists and 25 volunteers actively participated within the last year.
Contact: Joseph R. Jancauskas, President
The Ragged Edge Community Theater $4,950
The Ragged Edge Community Theatre presents five main stage productions annually, at least one special event, a guest performer, Kentucky Arts Council Performing Arts Directory performers, Children’s Theatre, and the Children’s Summer Stage Workshop. Total attendance for the previous year was 3381, with 103 season ticket holders. The Ragged Edge provides and promotes the performing arts and increases the cultural and educational opportunities to the population of Mercer County and central Kentucky.
Contact: Pam Bischoff, Executive Director
Oldham County Arts Association $3,514
The Oldham County Arts Association coordinates local arts programs, provides opportunities for local artists to perform and exhibit, promotes arts education among students, and collaborates programs and events. Along with their new gallery space (Gallery 104), the Association provides shows (Arts on the Green), film festivals, and three art scholarships.
Contact: Melissa Ward, Executive Director
Artists Collaborative Theatre $1,000
The Artists Collaborative Theatre, Inc. offers performances based on original scripts from local and regional writers and productions based on scripts about Appalachian heritage. Artists Collaborative Theatre offers artistic exchange with other regional/cultural performances groups, local story presentations, public dramatic readings, and fosters the involvement of local people of all age groups in the staging and production of performances. The organization offers to the greater Appalachian area cultural experiences for both artists and attendees through the genre of theatre arts, providing and enhancing community development, cultural growth, and a greater appreciation for the arts through high quality, cost-effective, accessible arts education.
Contact: Stephanie Richards, CEO/Artistic Director
Janice Mason Art Museum $3,461
The Janice Mason Art Museum offers a high-quality arts experience for residents and visitors through exhibits, classes and workshops, and educational outreach. The Museum provides opportunities for interaction with the visual and performing arts for Trigg County citizens and those in the surrounding region, and promotes an environment for people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve personal growth through the arts.
Contact: Paula Lisowski, Administrator
Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra $6,804
The Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra maintains an orchestra of the highest possible quality to provide educational and performing opportunities for orchestra members and citizens; to produce quality concerts of symphonic music; and to promote musical literacy in our community and region. The Orchestra currently seats seventy musicians on stage, representing local citizens, university students, and professional musicians from Western Kentucky University’s faculty and from Nashville and Louisville orchestras. The Orchestra performs five annual concerts, along with a Chamber Music Series.
Contact: Joan Wulff, Executive Director
Appalachian Heritage Alliance $2,206
The Appalachian Heritage Alliance, Inc. provides diverse, quality, educational field trips, retreats, performances, workshops and classes. The organization has established pottery, quilting and stained glass studios, and holds annual outdoor events, a writers’ retreat and annual summer camps. It has a long, rich history of promoting the arts, working in partnership with schools and organizations in seven counties to increase the awareness and availability of our services to the region. The Appalachian Heritage Alliance connects communities through culture and creativity, providing services and programs to celebrate, educate and unite the Appalachian communities through the arts. The organization also operates the Swift Creek Arts and Crafts Galley.
Contact: Janine Musser, Director
TOTAL GOS II $71,019