FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 30, 2012) — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, a state partnership grant of $734,900.The arts council is the sole Kentucky agency designated to receive state partnership funding from the NEA.
Forty percent of NEA grant-making funds are designated for the nation’s state arts agencies, regional arts organizations and their national service organizations. In total, the NEA awarded more than $48.8 million through this category for fiscal year 2012, as recommended for support at the March National Council on the Arts meeting.
Through this grant the arts council will continue to implement a strategic plan that positions the arts as an integral part of cultural tourism, community revitalization, education and economic impact throughout the state.
“Although this is a significant reduction from last year’s grant of $788,600, we are extremely pleased to receive federal funding,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. “With this funding we are able to lend support to nonprofit arts organizations across the state, start cultural district initiatives and provide arts education opportunities for Kentucky’s youth. The funding also enables us to continue arts marketing programs for visual, performing, architectural and teaching artists.”
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.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.