FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — Seven Kentucky arts organizations have been awarded more than $30,000 in funding to support efforts to bring touring artists to their venues.
The funding comes from South Arts, of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member. South Arts is a regional arts organization working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts to support programming for selected nonprofit arts organizations, allowing those groups to present performances by artists from other states.
“These grants are important because they help organizations broaden their programming to offer performances from artists that most local audiences might never see,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We’re proud to support South Arts in these efforts, and we congratulate the seven organizations and encourage people in those communities to take advantage of these great venues and the outstanding performances they present.”
Kentucky’s grant recipients, city, dollar amounts, and the performing groups they are bringing to their venues are:
Kentucky Center for the Arts Endowment Fund, Louisville, $6,510 for the Parsons Dance Company;
Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, Somerset, $6,165 for River North Dance Chicago;
Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, Somerset, $4,175 for Kevin Spencer;
Clifton Center, Louisville, $1,925 for Eric Bibb;
Murray State University, Murray, $4,040 for the American Shakespeare Company;
Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, $3,690 for the Red Thunder Native Dance Theatre;
Save the Grand Theatre, Frankfort, $2,985 for the National Players;
Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, $3,970 for the Aquila Theatre
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.
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to the region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.