The Kentucky Arts Council has chosen 18 groups to receive grants with the money provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

The NEA provided the Kentucky Arts Council with more than $300,000 under the economic stimulus plan enacted in March. The plan defined the arts as an important sector of the economy. The council awarded the funds to groups to cover salaries for positions that were in jeopardy and are critical to an organization’s artistic mission.

Kentucky Arts Council executive director Lori Meadows says the money will do more than preserve jobs.

“In some cases we know that some organizations by receiving the funding from the NEA through the Kentucky Arts Council, they’re going to be able to continue programming,” Meadows says.

Meadows says that at several organizations the grants helped to save more than one job.

“In some cases, we know that, for instance, if an organization was applying for the executive director, that’s also going to retain other positions. And we did see that happen in some cases,” she says.

Groups applying for the grants faced stiff competition.

“We received $1.2 million in requests from 77 organizations,” she says.

The groups that received grants include four from Louisville and the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, which had been in danger of closing.

Three other Kentucky groups received nearly $60,000 of stimulus funds through the Southern Arts Federation.

(Click here for a list of groups that received NEA stimulus money in Indiana.)

Organizations Receiving NEA Stimulus Money through the Kentucky Arts Council
Paramount Arts Center, $20,000 , Boyd County
Owensboro Symphony Orchestra , $18,633, Daviess County
Living Arts and Science Center, $20,000, Fayette County
Kentucky Theatre Association, $7,200 , Fayette County
Musicorps/Music Institute of Lexington , $20,000, Fayette County
Mountain Arts Center, $20,000, Floyd County
Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild, $12,000, Graves County
Kentucky Repertory Theatre, $10,000, Hart County
Kentucky Opera Association, $20,000, Jefferson County
Walden Theatre Corporation, $10,000, Jefferson County
Louisville Theatrical Association, $20,000, Jefferson County
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, $20,000, Jefferson County
Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, $8,943, Kenton County
Behringer-Crawford Museum, $20,000 , Kenton County
Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, $20,000, McCracken County
Montgomery County Council for the Arts, $20,000, Montgomery County
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, $20,000, Rockcastle County
Public Theatre of Kentucky, $20,000, Warren County
TOTAL: $306,776

Organizations Receiving NEA Stimulus Money through the Southern Arts Federation
Actors Theatre of Louisville, $20,000, Jefferson County
Paducah Symphony, $20,000, McCracken County
Pennyroyal Arts Council, $17,500, Christian County
TOTAL: $57,500