FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 30, 2013) — The Kentucky Arts Council has been awarded $681,900 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the federal agency’s latest round of state partnership agreement grants.
State partnership agreement funding is awarded annually to state-level arts agencies nationwide. The arts council is the only agency in Kentucky designated to receive state partnership funding from the NEA. This year, 50 states and six territories will receive awards from the NEA totaling $47 million.
Funding awarded in fiscal year 2013 will be applied to the arts council’s 2014 fiscal year budget.
“NEA grant dollars allow us to support nonprofit arts organizations, provide arts education opportunities for Kentucky children, and stimulate the economy through arts marketing programs for visual, performing, architectural and teaching artists,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “This award also helps us meet our mission to create opportunities for Kentuckians to participate in the arts in their own communities.”
The majority of the award consists of undesignated funds that can be used to carry out the arts council’s strategic plan priorities. Partnership awards also comprise funding designated for specific purposes. The following allocations, about 24 percent of the award, are predetermined:
– $17,500 for Poetry Out Loud
– $41,700 for arts in education
– $85,100 for underserved communities
– $19,400 for folk and traditional arts
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.