FRANKFORT — Several Big Sandy area arts organizations were among 104 recipients statewide to share in $1.7 million in grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.
The groups receiving funding from the Kentucky Arts Partnership grant, which provides support to nonprofit organizations offering year-round arts services and programs directly for the benefit of the public. The competitive grant process funds applicants based on operating revenues, a panel review of applications, and funds available for the program.
“KAP organizations from small to large work tirelessly to provide diverse cultural experiences and participation in the arts for Kentuckians who live in their immediate regions and across the state,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the arts council. “Providing support to help these groups is one of the main functions of the arts council. We remain grateful to the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of the arts.”
In Floyd County, the Mountain Arts Center received $30,735, while Jenny Wiley Theatre was the recipient of $25,370.
In Letcher County, Appalshop received the largest amount for an organization outside the Louisville area. The $65,449 grant represented the fifth-largest grant in the state, surpassed only by $119,849 for Actors Theatre of Louisville, $80,269 for the Louisville Orchestra, $73,913 for the Louisville Ballet and an undisclosed amount for the Speed Art Museum.
A $21,334 grant was given to the Appalachian Artisan Center, in Hindman, and Artists Collaborative Theatre, in Elkhorn City, received $4,989.
The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency which supports the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.