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Kentucky Arts Council awards $40,000 in Arts Access Assistance grants

For artists with disabilities or projects educating about disabilities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2016) — The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded seven organizations nearly $40,000 in grants through its Arts Access Assistance (AAA) program.

artsFor the 2017 fiscal year, AAA honored the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by awarding grants to projects that serve artists with disabilities and educate Kentuckians about living with disabilities.

Organizations receiving AAA grants are:

  • Knowledge Center on Deafness (KCD), Franklin, $8,000. KCD will produce its biennial DeaFestival, the 12th production of the event, in Louisville, with a component for featuring deaf and hard of hearing visual artists. The daylong program also includes shows by deaf and hard of hearing performing artists, with full communications access for both deaf and hearing audience members.
  • Murray-Calloway County Endowment for Health Care, Calloway, $8,000. The yearlong project, titled “Hope & Glory: The Art of Inclusion,” will incorporate a series of activities, events and exhibitions that integrate hands-on art activities with informational forums and public gatherings. The project goal is to establish a foundation of acceptance and inclusion and demonstrate how adults with disabilities – and the arts – contribute to the quality of community life.
  • Fleming County Public Library, Fleming, $2,410. Fleming County Public Library will host a three-day art camp for local students and adults with disabilities. Participants will leave the camp with at least three pieces of tangible art they have created, art from which they can draw personal inspiration. The camp will conclude with an open exhibit of the participants’ work.
  • Special Persons Advocacy Network, Boyle, $2,326. The Special Persons Advocacy Network’s Celebrate the Spectrum project will provide opportunities for more than 220 children and adults with disabilities to create and exhibit artwork. Artists from a local art center will facilitate workshops for the participants.
  • Dreams with Wings, Jefferson, $4,000. Dreams with Wings will expose its adult day program participants, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism, to art. The project will focus on exploring participants’ artistic abilities and creating projects that are stimulating and therapeutic. Participants will also attend performances at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Music at Waterfront Park and visit other arts venues in the Louisville community.
  • Jewish Community of Louisville, $7,245. Jewish Community of Louisville’s CenterStage Academy will present an eight-week theater education program for 20 teens ages 12-18 who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The goal is to use theater to inspire imagination and enhance social, emotional and communication development among participants. The project also includes a family participation component in which parents and siblings will participate alongside their family member.
  • Louisville Story Program. Will use the grant to help seven Kentucky authors who are blind or visually impaired tell their stories.