FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2015) — The Kentucky Arts Council was awarded $708,500 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, the NEA will make 1,023 awards in state partnership grants totaling $74.3 million.
Funding awarded in fiscal year 2015 will be applied to the arts council’s 2016 fiscal year budget. For the 2015 fiscal year, the NEA awarded the arts council $710,500, which represents a decrease in funding of less than one percentage point from 2015 to 2016.
“NEA funding is integral to our mission of encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the arts in their communities,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “These grant dollars will help us pledge support to nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state, which provide arts education opportunities for local children and stimulate the economy through their local arts marketing efforts.”
In addition to the arts council’s grant funding, the NEA has awarded seven ArtWorks grants for projects in Kentucky.
$15,000 to Pioneer School of Drama at Pioneer Playhouse, Danville
$15,000 to Lexington Children’s Theatre
$15,000 to Clifton Cultural Center, Louisville
$15,000 to Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville
$15,000 to the University of Louisville
$40,000 to Appalshop, Whitesburg
$35,000 to Appalshop’s Roadside Theater, Whitesburg
“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States, including in Kentucky,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Kentucky.”
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.