Kentucky Arts Council

Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Fund for the Arts Responds to State Funding Cuts

Christen Boone, President and CEO, Fund for the Arts
Credit Submitted photo

This week the Kentucky Arts Council, which took a 25 percent reduction in funding for its Arts Partnership grant program due to state budget reductions and a return of $600,000 in its earned income to the general fund, announced its 2015 Kentucky Arts Partnership grants. Nearly all groups in Jefferson County saw a reduction in funding (see yesterday's article), including the Fund for the Arts.

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Arts and Humanities
3:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

State Funding Cuts Come Home to Louisville Arts Groups

Bourbon Baroque and Squallis Puppeteers collaborated on the opera "Les Sauvages" last season.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Nonprofit arts groups have been preparing for reduced state funding for the next fiscal year since they were told in April to expect a reduction in the Kentucky Arts Partnership grants, which provide operational support through the Kentucky Arts Council. The arts council announced fiscal year 2015 funding amounts  today. Nearly every group in Jefferson County saw their funding reduced, but the impact of those cuts will be felt differently from organization to organization. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Judith Jennings, My Morning Jacket Among The Governor Award In The Arts Recipients

Jim James at a past Forecastle Festival.
Credit Forecastle Festival

My Morning Jacket, the City of Danville and the technical services staff at Rupp Arena are among the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts.

The Kentucky Arts Council announced winners in nine categories on Wednesday. 

The recipients will get the awards in October. 

"It is my great honor to recognize these individuals, both native sons and daughters of Kentucky and others who have chosen to make their homes in Kentucky and enrich our state's unique culture," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a released statement.

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7:45 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Study Says Kentucky Arts Education Access 'Meets or Exceeds' Region, But The Sample Size Is Question

The Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

A regional study says Kentucky public school students have more access to arts education programs than students in nine other southeastern states, but Kentucky Arts Council officials question the data used in the report.

The report was released last month by South Arts, an organization that works to enhance the public value of arts in the South.

About 27 percent of Kentucky's K-12 public schools responded—near the average for other states involved in the study (29 percent). 

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Arts and Humanities
6:58 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Kentucky Arts Groups Told to Expect State Funding Cuts

Jon Jory's "Tom Jones," Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2013. Actors Theatre is one of 26 Jefferson County arts organizations that received Kentucky Arts Partnership grant funds from the Kentucky Arts Council last year. The council expects to have a 25 percent reduction in the overall available pool of funds this year.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Local arts organizations that receive funding through the Kentucky Arts Partnership grants could see significant cuts in support for the next fiscal year. 

Like many state agencies, the Kentucky Arts Council experienced a 5 percent cut in the latest budget, and those cuts—along with the transfer of agency funds to the general fund—will reduce the amount of Kentucky Arts Partnership grants by 25 percent. The grants provide unrestricted operating support to state arts organizations. 

On April 30, an e-mail went out from Arts Council executive director Lori Meadows to KAP applicants, many of whom apply for and receive funding every year, warning them to expect "significantly lower grant amounts in the FY2015 funding cycle due to the arts council’s loss of $600,000 in agency funds, an additional 5 percent reduction in the agency’s FY2015 state funding, and costs related to various unfunded mandates."

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Arts and Humanities
12:36 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Wants Your Input on the State of Kentucky's Arts

The Kentucky Arts Council is working on a study of the state's creative industries. The study, which is being conducted by Massachusetts-based Mt. Auburn Associates, will collect economic impact data concerning the arts in Kentucky as well as case studies of successful creative industry and community initiatives and projects. A report will be issued in October. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:34 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Study Will Assess Economic Impact of State's Creative Industries

Artwork selected for the Kentucky Arts Council's Governor's Derby Exhibit. Clockwise, from left: "Kentucky Capitol," Catherine Bryant; "The Blue Chair," Sharon Asher; "Hope Renewed," Carolyn Gibson; "Derby Blue," Timothy Gold
Credit Catherine Bryant, Sharon Asher, Carolyn Gibson, Timothy Gold / Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council’s creative industries study is underway. The state agency commissioned  Massachusetts firm Mt. Auburn Associates to conduct the study, which will cover economic impact data concerning the arts in Kentucky as well as case studies of successful creative industry and community initiatives and projects. A report is expected to be released in early October.

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fund for the Arts Crowdfunding Platform Raises $1 Million

The Fund for the Arts’ Power2Give online fundraising platform has raised more than $1 million so far for arts and culture projects produced by regional nonprofit organizations. 

In crowdfunding, individuals give online directly to a project, like helping an organization renovate a rehearsal or studio space. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two popular crowdfunding platforms, but Power2Give focuses on arts and cultural nonprofits within a specific region. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:31 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Kentucky Arts Council Taking Applications for Artist Directory, Fellowships

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until March 15 from artists for their Performing Arts Directory and for individual visual artist fellowships.

Applications are open for Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Awards this year for visual, craft and media artists (literary and performing artists apply in even-numbered years).

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Arts Council Announces New Grants for Underserved Groups

The Kentucky Arts Council is launching a new grant program to fund arts experiences for underserved populations. The first fiscal year of funding for the new Arts Access Assistance program will go to programs and organizations offering “creative aging and lifelong learning” arts programs for senior citizens across the state. 

"There’s great evidence to support the fact that arts are beneficial, both for life and health of older Americans," says program director Sarah Schmitt.

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