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ART MEETS ACTIVISM 2016 Grantees

Americana Community Center (Louisville): $2,875.00 to engage 20 refugee middle and high school girls in a creativity and self-expression workshop culminating in an exhibit to display their work and share their stories. The workshop will help participants find the vocabulary, tools, and courage to express themselves and their stories through art, and the exhibit will raise awareness about the refugee crisis and increase understanding of Muslim cultures and philosophies at a critical political moment.

Michelle Newby Armstrong and Debbie Eller (Lexington): $4,500.00 to engage women clients of the HOPE center in Lexington in artist-led workshops, culminating in the creation of individual feminist artworks, as well as a collective mural project. The workshops will encourage women in recovery to explore and build their artistic capabilities and create original artwork, and the collective mural will provide a visual representation of positive community and personal change.

ArtThrust (Louisville): $5,250.00 to develop a program that engages LGBTQIA youth in papermaking/ book arts and sculpture forms as a means of healing and creative expression. The activities will encourage participants to reflect on trauma while affirming and drawing on the parts of their experience that give them strength and agency, and the art created will raise awareness about the challenges LGBTQIA youth face in daily life.

Athena’s Sisters (Louisville): $4,000.00 to engage veteran women in a six-month fiber art program and to create an exhibit titled Fibers of Athena. Participating in the workshops will provide a safe space for military women to share their stories and build community through artmaking, and the exhibit will raise community awareness about the realities of military women’s lives.

Bobbi Buchanan (Louisville): $5,030.00 to collaborate with Color Your City to pilot the Community Arts Mentoring Program (CAMP) for young women in rural areas south of Louisville, culminating in an anthology and reading where participants can share their work. The CAMP program will introduce young women to diverse arts programming as a way to improve self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and foster tolerance, and the anthology and performance will provide participants with a creative outlet where they can share their stories and start a community conversation about substance abuse and other issues.

Bondurant Middle/ Western Hills High School Student Support Center (Frankfort) $1750.00 for Betty Lawson to engage at-risk female middle and high school students in journaling to explore topics including self-esteem, relationships, anger management, compassion, and gratitude, and to provide complementary activities such as speakers and community service field trips to help them reflect on their opportunities and set positive goals. The activities will provide a creative outlet for participants while giving them tools to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $4,840.00 for female writers in their 20s and 30s to engage female high school students in workshops exploring writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them, such as body image and self-esteem. The mentoring relationship will forge connections between women writers of different ages, and the workshops will encourage young women writers to discover their own voice with confidence and self-respect.

Holly Clark and Mari Mujica (Louisville): $1,700.00 to create wellness workshops focusing on facilitated creativity and mindfulness practices for women with infants under the age of three who have completed residential and/ or intensive outpatient substance abuse programs. The workshops will help participants build confidence in their own creative process, and will provide tools to help them find the strength to maintain their chosen life of sobriety.

Clear Creek Creative (Big Hill): $7500.00 to support the Clear Creek Festival, a community event in rural Rockcastle county incorporating performances from multiple performing genres, sustainability demonstrations, visual installations, healing opportunities, and art activities. The festival will build community, promote healing, deepen social consciousness, and inspire participants to live in harmony with nature and one another.

Vicki Dansberry (Crescent Springs): $1000.00 to engage women who live with substance abuse disorders in creative writing workshops as a means of self-exploration, self-expression, advocacy, and activism. Participants will learn new techniques for creative expression and self-care, and the project will change the way people think about women and substance abuse.

Diversity at the Table (Louisville): $1,000.00 for Talesha Wilson to produce the second anniversary celebration event, featuring music, poetry, spoken word, and photography from local artists, guest speakers addressing diverse social justice issues, and a creative writing/ poetry workshop for youth. The event will give feminist artists a platform to showcase their talents, and will create a safe and diverse space for artmaking, discussion of social justice topics, and community-building that crosses the campus/community divide.

Family Scholar House (Louisville): $4,500.00 to provide workshops that encourage student-mothers to tap into their own creativity to tell and be proud of their own stories of strength, loss, love, and hope. Participating in the activities will help build community among residents and provide a safe space for them to explore their feelings, address and reframe traumatic experiences, nurture their self-expression, and discern future directions.

The Girl Project (Lexington): $7,500.00 to support a program focused on challenging unrealistic media images of women and girls through dance, spoken word, movement, vocal music, and visual art workshops that culminate in the creation of a collective theatrical performance. Participants will gain the confidence they need to set long-term goals, develop positive relationships, and advocate for social change.

Girls Rock Louisville (Louisville): $7,500.00 to support a week-long music education program for girls and gender nonconforming youth that will include instrument technique, songwriting, professional recording, and a live performance opportunity. Participants will develop musicianship and leadership skills while participating in workshops focused on self-empowerment, social justice, community engagement, and creative and unrestricted self-expression.

Grayson Gallery and Art Center (Grayson): $3,452.00 for Mari Mujica to lead two wellness workshops through which women with little access to arts programming can explore their creative voice in a nurturing and supportive environment. The workshops will build confidence and community among participants, and will provide a space for women with heavy caretaking responsibilities to focus on themselves and their creative power.

Marilyn Holmes (Louisville): $2,912.00 to support a retreat, workshop, and group exhibition for women of color enrolled in the state’s post-secondary institutions, as well as a series of collaborative workshops and an exhibit organized by these artists to engage girls attending Frederick Law Olmsted South Middle School in Louisville. The activities will build community, provide a space for artistic development and collective affirmation among women of color who identify as or aspire to be artists, and provide professional exhibition opportunities for artists who are underrepresented throughout the state.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort): $7,500.00 to conduct a series of workshops to connect people of varying ages with the land and each other through shared artistic experiences and responsible land stewardship practices. Participants will gain greater respect for their own creativity and shared land, and will return to their communities with a deeper connection with the environment and each other.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $5,000.00 to support their 2016 conference and affiliated activities in order to educate, inspire, and build community among women writers and readers in Kentucky. The conference will address the gender disparity women writers face by providing opportunities for them to earn income through their writing, and the affiliated activities will provide networking opportunities, community engagement, and an increased exposure to and awareness of contemporary feminist authors and their work.

Knox Arts, Crafts, and Humanities Council, Inc. (Barbourville): $6,700.00 to collaborate with seven feminist artists to implement a 10-week arts program at Whitley and Knox County Detention Centers, culminating in the publication of a book and an exhibit of the inmates’ art at the public library. The program will provide a supportive environment in which artists and inmates can explore how creativity can reduce stress, enhance self- image, develop communication skills, and promote positive communication about feminist issues, and will ultimately strengthen community support for arts programming in detention centers

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $4000.00 to produce Louisville native Marsha Norman’s Getting Out, and to engage audience members in talkbacks focusing on the issues facing formerly incarcerated women. The performance and talkbacks will raise urgent questions that remain relevant, and inspire conversations across dividing lines of gender, race, and wealth disparity.

Owensboro Dance Theatre, Inc. (Owensboro): $1000.00 to provide arts education and the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of dance to community members, with special focus on women and underserved populations. The activities will develop and encourage a healthy lifestyle and improve the self-esteem and confidence for participants.

Laura Petrie (Paducah): $4,600.00 to produce a film festival that will showcase films produced by lesbian feminist artists, to include screenings, post-screening discussions, a short film challenge, and a panel discussion. The activities will encourage and inspire participants to find their own voices and create feminist art, while raising awareness about the challenges faced and contributions made by lesbian feminist artists working in film.

Patricia Ritter (Burkesville): $3,267.00 to engage women at a domestic abuse shelter in art workshops centered around food and artful living by creating mandala designs using fresh fruits and vegetables, painting their designs on reusable canvas bags, and making creative cookbooks. The activities will create an artistic space for women to have dialogue about healthy food, body issues, and self-esteem, and the artwork created will raise consciousness about food and body issues among participants and their families.

Rheonna Nicole (Louisville): $6,343.00 to produce the second annual Lipstick Wars, an all-female poetry slam competition, to take place at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The slam will engage diverse artists and provide a venue for expanding their writing and performance skills, and the event will build community while raising awareness about the complex issues women and girls face, such as discrimination, exploitation, sexism, and body shaming.

Megan Sauter (Frankfort): $3,907.00 to engage women at the Franklin County Women’s Shelter in workshops to create ceramic tiles, which will be assembled in a collaborative mural installation at the shelter. Creating the tiles will build community and develop stronger social relationships among participants, and the mural will enhance the environment at the shelter by reflecting the vision and creativity of residents.

Spirit of Sophia, Inc. (Louisville): $3,263.00 to create workshops integrating the tool of art journaling with vision boards to engage women who are undergoing major life transitions. The workshops will encourage women to trust their own intuition and chart their own course as they face challenging transitions, which will create positive change for the women participating, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Steam Exchange (Louisville): $7,408.00 to work with local artists and young people to engage residents of Smoketown and Shelby Park in dialogue about changes taking place in their communities, and to create a series of collaborative screen prints based on those conversations to be displayed in two large-scale installations. The creation of the prints will build community while teaching critical thinking and leadership skills to young participants, and the installations will shift perceptions and inspire dialogue about the changes taking place in these neighborhoods.

Wellspring (Louisville): $3900.00 to engage women with severe and persistent mental illness in creative writing workshops, culminating in a print anthology and a writers’ showcase where participants can read their work. The activities will provide a safe way for participants to share life experiences, express their fears and joys, learn communication skills, and move along the path to recovery via therapeutic use of the written word.

Art Meets Activism 2015 Grantees

Americana Community Center (Louisville): $1500 to engage refugee and immigrant women living in Louisville in the creation fiber art that is related to their diverse cultural backgrounds. The activities will foster interactions between immigrant and refugee women and promote positive community integration, and the art created will provide a potential source of supplemental income for participants and their families.

ArtThrust (Louisville): $5000 to engage young LGBTQ women of color in arts workshops, culminating in an art exhibit titled “When the Rainbow isn’t Enuf,” which will pay homage to transgender girls/ women who have not found the support they needed in their families or communities. The workshops will provide a safe space for participants to creatively explore sexuality and identity issues, and the exhibit will foster dialogue in the community about the marginalization still faced by many LGBTQ youth.

Anna Jean Barnard (Frankfort): $2000 to conduct oral history interviews with women artists in Kentucky, focusing on how they see their work in relation to feminism and social change, and to create a multimedia project including recordings, digital stories, and photos that can be shared via social media platforms and cultural websites. The interviews will give voice to feminist artists in Kentucky, and the multimedia project will foster dialogue about the power of public art to promote positive social change.

Bondurant Middle/ Western Hills High School Student Support Center (Frankfort): $1000 to engage female high school students who are experiencing personal challenges in an in-school journaling program addressing topics such as self-esteem, healthy relationships, safe sex, anger management, gratitude, and compassion for others. Journaling will help the girls empower themselves, transform their lives and share their experiences with other young women.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $3820 to support the Young Women Writers Project, which pairs high school girls/ women with female writing mentors through a series of workshops where they examine body image, self-esteem, and other issues of concern to them through writing. The workshops will encourage young women to find their own voice with confidence and self-respect, and will build connections among women from different age groups.

Central Region Migrant Center (Glasgow): $2730 to engage migrant women in the Barren County area in visual art classes, and provide an opportunity for them to exhibit their art. The classes will enable participants to share their life narratives through visual art, and the public presentation of the art will create a space for dialogue about immigrants and Latina culture.

Eleanor M. Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington): $6000 to engage teenaged girls in a series of dance, spoken word, movement, music, and visual art workshops, culminating in the creation of a theatrical performance. The workshops will empower participants to challenge unrealistic media images and to find their individual and collective voices, and the final performance will raise awareness about the social pressures young women face and the power of art to challenge cultural norms.

Clear Creek Festival (Big Hill): $3200 to support its annual community festival in rural Rockcastle County, which offers a variety of musical and other artistic performances, along with educational workshops, sustainability demonstrations, healing opportunities, and art activities for adults and young people. The festival will create a diverse cultural and educational space for participants to enjoy art, build community, deepen public consciousness, and advocate for a more just and sustainable world.

Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve (Prospect): $6650 to engage girls from low-income families in the creation of a large-scale mural, with guidance from women artists and science experts. Creating the mural will help the girls build new skills, improve their self-esteem, and learn about science fields in which girls are underrepresented. The completed mural will also and advance social change by demonstrating the educational value of art.

Cynthia Cooke (Louisville): $2000 to work towards the creation of a documentary about Eliza Curtis Hundley Tevis, a strong African American feminist from Kentucky, and her contributions to social justice struggles throughout the 1800s. The project will engage community members in writing stories and creating illustrations and storyboards for the project, while inspiring students and the public generally to learn more about their collective history.

Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (Louisville): $3000 to continue work on the Art As Memory project, which empowers individuals with disabilities to tell their stories through the creation of art. The project will help participants and mentoring artists develop their creative capacity while raising the public’s awareness about the lives, struggles and strengths of individuals with disabilities, with an emphasis on the stories of women and girls.

Katy Delahanty and Julie Leidner (Louisville): $2000 to conduct oral history interviews with 14 feminist social activists in Kentucky and to create audio recordings for publication in a publicly accessible online archive. The interviews will enable feminist activists to reflect on their social justice work, and the archive will highlight that work and share it with the community at large.

Family Scholar House (Louisville): $3500 to engage low-income, single-parent college students in a series of artmaking workshops, culminating in an art show that will demonstrate the transformative power of art. The workshops and exhibit will allow participants to reflect on their lives, set goals for continued growth, and share their stories through artmaking. The exhibit will provide a space for staff, family members, and other supporters to celebrate the participants’ artistic accomplishments and personal growth.

RaeShanda Johnson (Louisville): $3000 to engage girls and women ages eleven and up in empowerment workshops using a variety of artistic mediums to build confidence and create change in themselves and others. The workshops will promote healing and self-esteem and encourage women to embrace who they are without apology, ultimately creating a ripple effect that will impact their households and communities.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort): $4750 for Melanie Van Houten to collaborate with three other women artists to create workshops that strengthen connections between people and the land through shared artistic experiences and responsible stewardship practices. Participants will deepen their connections to the environment and one another while gaining greater respect for their own creativity and artmaking capabilities.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $4000 to support artists presenting at this year’s conference, whose work engages feminist and social justice themes. The conference educates, inspires and builds community among women readers and writers in Kentucky and raises awareness about contemporary feminist writers and their work.

Christine Kuhn (Lexington): $1500 to engage diverse women in workshops about health and body image, culminating in a public art exhibit for which participants will create life-size silhouettes of themselves and display them in symbolic public spaces throughout Lexington. The workshops will establish trust among participants and spark dialogue about gender, self-care, and body image, and the silhouettes will provide a positive public display of diverse women celebrating their bodies and challenging unhealthy cultural norms.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $1500 to produce Basil Kreimendahl’s play Sidewinders, which creatively explores transgender issues through the lens of an absurdist Western. The performance will challenge gender norms, highlight the perspectives of marginalized voices within the community, and help LFL artists and audience members expand their understanding of gender identity and feminism.

Rose Lowery (Paducah): $2500 to engage students in African dance and drumming and other arts activities through the NIA , Hero Dance Ministry and the W.C. Young School for the Performing Arts. The classes encourage positive body image and self-esteem, educate young people about African American history, and provide an environment that encourages young people to strive to be leaders in their communities.

Kri Martin (Louisville): $1000 to engage feminist social change agents in Louisville in a series of retreats where they can slow down, find their voices, and share their stories, culminating in a collective spoken word performance piece called “Transformation of a Woman.” Participating in the retreats will empower the women to connect to their creativity and practice self-care so that they can be more effective leaders in the community, and the performance piece will provide an opportunity for their voices and stories to be shared.

Amanda Matthews (Lexington): $1500 to create a life-sized bronze portrait of Nettie Depp, a pioneering political leader and educator from Barren County, Kentucky, which will be on permanent display in the Kentucky State Capitol as part of the KY Women Remembered Project. The sculpture will highlight Nettie Depp’s accomplishments, inspire female participation in the political process, and become a permanent statewide symbol for gender equality.

Carrie Neumayer (Louisville): $4800 to support the Louisville OutSkirts Festival, a volunteer-run weekend of musical performances, workshops, and community-building activities. The performances will highlight music made by women in the local and regional independent music scene, and the workshops and other activities will provide young girls with opportunities to work with female mentors and learn new skills in a supportive, girl-positive environment.

Kim Nicholson-Messmer (Bryantsville): $5011 to engage young girls in Garrard and Boyle counties in a series of artmaking and other activities through which they will learn about healthy food choices and hunger in their communities, culminating in the creation and public exhibit if an art quilt titled “Piecing Together Hunger.” The activities will provide an opportunity for young people to learn about food issues in a hands-on way, and to express and share what they are learning through artmaking and community engagement at a public art event.

Tara Remington (Louisville): $4700 to engage immigrant women in workshops culminating in the creation of an environmentally friendly installation at the Little Loom House, a historic Louisville landmark, using natural materials and a sustainable, indigenous art form. Participants will learn new forms of cultural expression through art while writing their personal stories about their experiences as women refugees, and the finished installation will incorporate those stories into an aesthetic sustainable living archway at this historic site.

Mirra Shapiro (Disputanta): $1000 to engage women artists in Berea in a series of workshops, resulting in the publication of a mixed media feminist zine called R.O.U.T.E. The workshops will allow participants to channel their creativity and explore different forms of creative expression, and the zine will give voice to issues of importance to women and girls in Kentucky.

Side By Side Studio, Inc. (Louisville): $3000 to provide a series of workshops that will provide a space for young women and girls to strengthen their bonds and share their personal stories through art. The workshops will build self-confidence and strengthen mother-daughter bonds through a variety of creative experiences, and will encourage participants to share what they have learned with their communities.

Judy Sizemore (Annville): $5250 to support a weekly arts program at the Whitley County Women’s Detention Center which incorporates poetry, journaling, mixed media, and basketry, culminating in the publication of a book and exhibit of inmate art at the public library. The program will provide a supportive environment in which inmates can reduce stress, enhance self-image, and promote positive expression about feminist issues through artmaking.

Southern Girls’ Convention (Louisville): $1000 to support a three-day event which will include speakers, small workshops, female fronted concerts, and networking opportunities engaging the next generation of young women in a dialogue about a range of feminist topics. The activities will raise awareness about feminism and the importance of intersectionality, foster dialogue between different groups of feminists in the community, and encourage young southern women in particular to be participants in the movement.

Spirit of Sophia, Inc. (Louisville): $1000 to create a series of one-day retreats for women of all ages to explore and express their authentic selves through literary and visual arts. The retreats will provide a sacred space for women to find their own voice, share their stories, and explore ways they can become agents of positive social change in their families and communities.

Steam Exchange (Louisville): $6659 to hold a series of interview, design, and mural painting workshops with youth and elder women in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood, and to transform the graffiti tagged exterior of a former liquor store into a community mural for a new community arts center. Participating in the workshops will help Smoketown residents process and respond to dramatic changes taking place in the neighborhood, and the mural will provide an opportunity for the voices of multiple generations of women in the neighborhood to be preserved and shared in a work of public art.

Riverbend Academy (Henderson): $3930 to support a Life Stories/ Life Lessons illustrated writing project led by teaching artist Julie Struck, in which women in assisted living facilities collaborate with high school girls in Henderson after school programs. The project will encourage multi-generational interaction and artistic expression, enabling participants to find commonalities and share life stories, and the volunteer experience will encourage students to become more engaged with other women in their families and communities.

Teatro Tercera Llamada: Las Pantomimas (Louisville): $4000 to engage women in Louisville and surrounding communities in pantomime workshops to creatively explore issues such as immigration, unfair labor practices, discrimination, and violence, culminating in a public performance. The workshops will empower women to find their voice and learn the art of pantomime, and the performance will raise awareness about the challenges women face in Kentucky and around the world.

Paige Waggoner (Louisville): $1000 to interview and photograph midwives working in Kentucky, culminating in a multimedia art exhibit and social media campaign. The interview process will give voice to these powerful women and capture their stories through words and images, and the exhibit will raise awareness and appreciation for their important work throughout the state.

 

Art Meets Activism 2014 Grantees

ArtThrust (Louisville): $3700 to engage teen girls from a dating violence prevention program in a lantern making workshop, culminating in public exhibitions. Participants will learn new skills, build peer relationships, and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment. The exhibitions will provide a unique opportunity for community members to participate in public art.

Beaded Treasures Project (Prospect): $5500 to engage refugee women in Louisville in workshops teaching jewelry-making techniques, marketing skills, and basic financial literacy. Participants will hone their artmaking and build self-confidence and self-sufficiency. The project will raise awareness about how refugee women contribute to Louisville’s culture and economy, and what they need to make a successful transition to life here.

Bondurant Middle/ Western High Schools Student Support (Frankfort): $1,500 to engage 20 female students in grades 7-12, from various ethnicities and backgrounds in journaling about their goals. Journaling and goal setting will help the girls make good decisions, inspire them to be the best they can be, and change their lives.

Boys and Girls Haven (Louisville): $4800 to support girls who are “aging out” of foster care to participate in spoken word/poetry & performance workshops. The activities will expand the girls’ artistic experience, strengthen their self-awareness, self-confidence and healing, and provide them with tools to prosper as adults.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $4320 to support the Young Women Writers Project, focusing on issues of concern to high school women, including body image and self-esteem. Female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor high school women who will in turn become writing mentors for 4th and 5th grade girls. The program supports creative expression and skill-building, while encouraging young women writers to develop their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Center for Women and Families (Louisville): $5400 for artist Christy Burch to engage advocates in creative writing and storytelling in the multi- year project “Herstory,” celebrating 100 years of the Center’s advocacy for women survivors of domestic violence and assault. With permission, the stories will culminate in a video project to increase understanding of the impact of violence on survivors, advocates and the community.

Ellie Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington): $4600 to support “The Girl Project,” engaging teenagers in theatre, dance, spoken word, music and visual art workshops that explore how media misrepresentation of girls affects their social interactions, body image and self-esteem. The Project seeks to inspire teenage girls to challenge and raise awareness about the representation of women and girls in contemporary American media culture.

Clear Creek Festival (Big Hill): $3300 to support this annual community event, combining music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word and film, with workshops and activist engagement. Festival participants will create a diverse cultural and educational space to enjoy art, build community, promote healing, deepen public consciousness and inspire action toward a more just and sustainable world.

Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (Louisville): $5350 for feminist artists to engage women and girls in the disability community in the creation of visual art, film and narrative. The disabled women will share their stories, and their work will be exhibited to heighten public awareness about their lives.

Linda Erzinger (Louisville): $3339 to work with members of the Louisville TimeBank and local neighborhoods to create 10 “Little Libraries,” containing books donated by the community for underserved areas of Louisville. Residents living in each neighborhood and will build the libraries, featuring images related to women writers. Participants will gain a sense of ownership and pride, and the libraries will promote sharing among residents, while also increasing awareness about women in literature.

Step By Step, Inc. (Lexington): $4790 for Tanya Torp, Julie Edwards, and Frankie Finley to engage young single low income mothers in creative writing and theatre performance workshops to produce a theatrical piece about their lives and experiences. Creating art will uplift the young women to tell their own stories, and the performance will engage the community in dialogue about the lives of young mothers like these.

Christine Haaga (Louisville): $1000 to support African-American women to write, self-publish and exhibit personal histories about their lives in Griffytown, KY, a small traditionally African-American community founded in 1879. The women will increase their awareness of their roles as change agents for greater neighborhood integration and community development.

Diane Jennings (Mount Vernon): $5500 to support two workshops for women and children to create a community kitchen with cob, a natural earthen building material. The workshops will teach women to build functional, affordable, beautiful and ecologically sound homes and offer a sense of creative expression for participants.

Gwenda Johnson (Sandy Hook): $1000 to develop seven written and spoken performances of Appalachian women making a major impact by standing up for what they believe. Her storytelling will highlight these women’s accomplishments, help young women gain a sense of self esteem and pride in place, and inspire young women to become leaders for social change.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort): $6000 to support four women artists to explore eco-feminist themes with children ages 6-17. The children will develop their creative identities by working with women artists, and the artists will gain experience teaching workshops, exhibiting their work, and collaborating with each other, exploring feminist ways of working.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $4500 to support conference presenters whose work engages feminist and social justice themes. Since fewer women than men earn income from writing, the conference helps women writers hone their craft, build audiences, and earn income from writing to address this gender disparity.

Christine Kuhn (Lexington): $3000 to support art and yoga workshops, created in collaboration with Cindy Hutchison, in which participants will examine and reframe their attitudes toward their physical bodies, connect with their inner voice, and create life-size silhouettes of themselves for a public space in Lexington. The participants will develop greater acceptance and appreciation of their bodies and increased energy and confidence to live their life’s purpose.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $2100 to support the production of Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness,” which addresses the politics of being a feminist from a comedic point of view. The theatre company will bring unheard women’s stories to the public arena, continue to develop relationships with community partners, and spark community conversations about the issues of gender and body image.

Louisville Visual Art Association (Louisville): $3300 to support Carrie Neumayer and the first “Louisville Outskirts Festival,” a volunteer-run weekend of music performances by girls and women in Louisville’s independent music scene and female musicians from the region. The festival will celebrate female musicians, challenge stereotypes about “women’s music” and spark a passion for girls and women to create music, leading to increased self-confidence, leadership, and collaboration.

Murray Art Guild (Murray): $3190 to engage female teens interested in an arts career in workshops with women mentors. The participants will explore different mediums and participate in discussions and field trips. The activities will foster talent in young women artists, develop leadership for participating artist mentors and heighten awareness about women artists in western Kentucky.

PEACC Program (Louisville): $4590 to support the Louisville Story Circle Project, a writing and sacred storytelling retreat led by a Native American Kentucky author. The Story Circle will engage female students affected by interpersonal partner violence, guiding participants using exercises in writing and Native American ritual. The stories will be performed for the campus community to increase empathy and truth telling among survivors and raise awareness of how abusive power affects all people.

Carol Peachee (Lexington): $4600 to work with Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center to engage women who have experienced physical or sexual abuse in a participatory photography program, and to create a community art show. The program will encourage women to tell their own stories and heal through photography, and the exhibit will facilitate dialogue about violence against women in the community.

Sarah Reinhart and Shannon Stone (Louisville): $3500 to create portraits and stories titled Motherhood Illuminated, including 100 mothers from diverse backgrounds in the Louisville area. These images and narratives will be displayed at a gallery event and in a published book. The activities will show how motherhood is a catalyst for change in women’s lives and unite women across age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and other differences.

Patricia Ritter (Kettle): $3321 to engage young women at Otter Creek Academy in Wayne County in the creation of mixed media collage exploring tranquility, peace, and the beauty of nature. Participants will create individual pieces as well to contribute to a “Tranquility Garden.” Artmaking will help these young women learn new skills, raise self-esteem, build confidence, and explore the healing power of the natural world.

Octavia Sexton (Orlando) and Brenda Richardson (Somerset): $2800 to engage single mothers, pregnant women and women struggling with addiction in storytelling workshops incorporating photography, poetry & collage. The workshops will culminate in a performance at local high schools for young women. The workshops and performances will help participants develop self-reflection and the tools to create change in their lives, and will inspire them to effect positive change in the culture.

Zoe Strecker (Harrodsburg): $5000 to engage participants from community centers, nursing homes, art groups, and student groups to create a series of hand-embroidered sculptural panels and an accompanying set of artist’s books based on the old growth forests of Pine Mountain. Participants will gain new skills and a sense of connection to artists in their community. The activities will raise awareness about old growth forest ecology and environmental conservation.

 

Art Meets Activism 2013 Grantees

Tonya Adkins and Sharon Wolfe Tepsick (Olive Hill and Ezel):  $3,275.00 to support Artisan Women’s Retreats with heritage arts and crafts, concluding with a sing-along of traditional Appalachian music focusing on the contributions of women in traditional music. These activities will provide an opportunity for creative expression, raise awareness about the value of women’s contributions, and help participants see their own potential as agents for social change.


Appalshop, Inc.
(Whitesburg):  $5,500.00 for two women producers at a community radio station, to create a radio series, audio collage and live radio talk show, focusing on Kentucky women affected by the criminal justice system. The activities will facilitate dialogue about incarceration from a feminist perspective and enhance public understanding of women’s role in the movement against mass incarceration.

Balagula Theatre Company (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to encourage the production of a play by the winner of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Playwrights Competition. The production will provide an opportunity for local women artists to direct, stage manage and act in a new play, and will raise awareness about gender discrimination affecting women playwrights.

Beaded Treasures Project (Prospect):  $7,500.00 to provide materials and microloans to refugee women to create and sell handcrafted beaded jewelry, blending Kentucky crafting with crafts from their home communities. The women will gain financial independence, self-esteem and self worth, and the community will learn more about the challenges refugee women face.

Ashley Bell (Campbellsville):  $1,000.00  to encourage her to photograph fifteen  individuals or groups of diverse women and display the portraits in her community. The photographs will capture the distinctive qualities of  the women, and exhibiting the photographs will inspire dialogue about awareness and acceptance of differences.


Bondurant Middle/ Western Hills High School Student Support Center
(Frankfort):  $1,500.00 to encourage female students who are experiencing challenges at these two schools to change the direction of their lives by setting goals and journaling.  Journaling will help the girls empower themselves, transform their lives and share their experiences with other young women.


Carrie Brunk
(Big Hill):  $5,000.00 for the Clear Creek Festival, an annual community event, including music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word and film, along with workshops and activist engagement. During the festival, feminist activists and community members create a diverse cultural and educational space to enjoy art, build community, promote healing, deepen public consciousness and inspire action toward a more just and sustainable world.


Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
(Lexington):  $3,500.00 for the Young Women Writers Project engaging high schoolers in exploring writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them, including body image and self-esteem. Female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor the high schoolers who will in turn serve as writing mentors for 4th and 5th grade girls. The program encourages young women to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Center for Women and Families (Louisville):  $4,250.00 for artist Christy Burch to engage staff and community members in creative writing and storytelling for “Herstory,” celebrating the center’s 100 years of advocacy for women.. With permission, the stories will be developed into a community theatre production to inspire others to become part of the movement to end violence against women.

Centro Latino and EDUCA, Educational and Cultural Advancement for Latinos, Inc (Owensboro):  $5,500.00 for “Bilingual Latina Women’s Creative Voices Project,” “Crónicas,” which focuses on writing about life experiences, such as immigration, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, parenting hardships, and the process of women changing their lives. The women will discover their own talents, independence and courage, and use their voices to promote change in their community.

Cynthia Chang (Richmond):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to photograph and create a documentary series about women ages 18-25 pursuing an education to exceed traditional expectations in a patriarchal society. The photographs will bring awareness to young girls and encourage them to build goals, exercise their rights as women and follow aspirations beyond the kitchen.


Ellie Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig
(Lexington):  $5,500.00 to support “The Girl Project,” in which young women in Kentucky will work with national teaching artists to learn about how negative portrayals of females in the media shape body image and self worth. Participants will create an original theatrical piece examining how these negative portrayals affect young women. They will also discover truths about themselves, gain understanding of feminism and activism, and advance to their highest potential.


Family Scholar House
(Louisville):  $1,050.00 to provide opportunities for women who are single parents and students to participate in art therapy groups and individual sessions to increase their self-expression and personal development. The participants will gain self-confidence, decrease stress, develop personal goals, become role models for their children and discern their future direction.

Erin Fitzgerald (Louisville):  $1,500.00 to work with a theate artist and incorporate visual art, writing, music and drama into the Resilient Families Project, a partnership between the University of Louisville and Wayside Christain Mission, to strengthen families experiencing homelessness. The art activities will encourage women and girls to recognize their strengths and increase understanding and respect among family members.

Marian Foster (Louisville):  $1,500.00 to develop a workshop for mothers and children with developmental disabilities to write, share and publish a poetry book. Participants will develop their creativity and hone their voices, and the book will be a resource for teachers who want to use these affirming techniques in their classrooms.

Madelyn Gates (Frankfort):  $1,500.00 to support “Arts Immersion for Seniors,” engaging elders in literary, performance and visual arts workshops to tell their own stories. The workshops will help participants understand the meaning and importance of art in their lives, develop their artistic abilities and identities, and foster a greater sense of self-worth through creatively telling their stories.

Joanna Thornewill Hay and Judy Sizemore (Frankfort and Annville):  $5,000.00 to document the contributions of women to public art in Kentucky through oral history interviews with a focus on feminism and social change. The interviews and accompanying photographs will be incorporated into cultural websites and tourism apps to increase knowledge about Kentucky women in public art, redefine the role of feminist public art and promote awareness of the issues that feminist art addresses.


Kentucky Center ArtsReach Program
(Louisville):  $6,100.00 for workshops for girls to create visual art and a dance piece honoring influential women in the civil rights and gender equity movements. The piece will be presented at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community arts celebration. Participants will learn about women who have stood up for what they believed, develop confidence and hone their creative skills to become empowered artists and give back to the community.


Kentucky Women Writers Conference
(Lexington):  $3,500. for artist fees for the 35th annual conference, including workshops, readings, discussions, seminars, writing contests and a spoken-word competition. The conference offers inspiration, advice, community and mentoring to Kentucky women. Presenters discuss feminist issues, demonstrate community engagement and show how art can influence social change.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Inc. (Frankfort):  $6,195.00 for creative writing workshops and readings with incarcerated women about how violence or the threat of violence has affected their decisions, hopes, health and lives. Incarcerated women will be able to share their experiences with the community. The readings, which will be photographed, will help community members become aware of violence against women, as well as human rights violations in prisons, so that the public can become capable and responsible for making change.


Christine Kuhn
(Lexington):  $4,645.00 to collaborate with LGBT teens and community members to create pavement murals promoting positive mental states along Lexington’s Legacy Trail corridor. The collaboration and completed work will help participating teens, community members and walkers on the trail become open to new experiences, ideas and people, thereby creating social change.


Kate Larken
(Willisburg):  $5,630.00 for “Grassroots Women Publish,” to create a literary journal that highlights the words, images, and concerns of rural women. Showcasing the writing and visual art of rural women will bring a more equitable gender balance in the media.


Lexington Children’s Theatre’s Shooting Stars Youtheatre and Octavia Biggs-Fleck
(Lexington and Clearfield):  $2,525.00 to support two artist residencies with at-risk teenage girls at the Morehead Youth Development Center, which treats drug-related mental and physical abuse. Engaging in writing, photography and performing arts will help the young women develop self-awareness, leadership abilities and problem solving skills, reduce their incidence of drug use and cultivate thoughtful, creative youth who will make positive contributions to their communities.


Looking for Lilith
(Louisville):  $3,250.00 for three company members to travel to Guatemala and engage women in workshops dealing with domestic violence in their communities. The company members will share the workshop scenes with Latina women and girls at La Casita Center in Louisville. Their work will create new understanding and possible solutions for domestic violence in these two communities.

Marcy Mitchell (Wellington):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to engage young women in the 4-H Photography Club to join her in creating a book of photographs of children with special needs being raised by single mothers. The book will show the individuality of the children and the strength and independence of the mothers, and will raise awareness about children with special needs.


Carrie Neumayer
(Louisville):  $1,225.00 to work with Beargrass Media Club on the “Angry Girls Project,” which will engage women and girls to create a multi-media toolkit promoting creative expression as an effective way to address anger and frustration. The work will address misconceptions and stereotypes, encourage creativity and lead to increased confidence for women and girls in the community.

Danielle Pousette (Nicholasville):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to create a photographic essay and recorded interviews reflecting the lives of female cadets in three Kentucky ROTC programs. The photographs will show the strength of each female cadet, and contribute to the social dialogue about women in the military.

Dotti Russell (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to train home-schooled teenage girls to gather oral histories and and create audio-video DVDs with octogenarians. The activities will give two generations an opportunity for creative self- expression, enable young women to develop their artistic skills, and advance social change by promoting positive connection amongst generations.

Amber Sigman (Louisville):  $3,500.00 to lead photography workshops for teenage female survivors of abuse, neglect and abandonment at Home of the Innocents. The photography will help the girls learn artistic and social skills, leadership, teamwork, and patience, and raise awareness in the community about the issue of child abuse.

South Park Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) (Louisville):  $6,305.00 for teen mothers in this public high school to work with artists, gather stories from women elders, and create a collaborative quilt and theatrical production. The students will experience living history and increase their self- confidence. The quilt and theatre production will travel throughout the state, helping to dispel myths about teenage parenting by showing young women with strong voices.

Vera Thomas (Lexington):  $1,500.00 to encourage her to provide poetry writing and performance sessions for girls and women at schools and organizations in Lexington. Participants will examine their lives through art, improve the quality of their lives by changing how they view themselves and build self-esteem by creating art that reflects their goals and dreams.

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington):  $2,050.00 to support a lecture and artist book making workshops during “Hand, Voice and Vision,” a national exhibition at UK libraries in 2014 from the Women’s Studio Workshop. The workshops and lecture will increase awareness about women’s issues and social change over the last thirty years. During the workshops, local women artists will create books expressing their social change views.

 

Art Meets Activism 2012 Grantees

Tonya Adkins and Sharon Wolfe Tepsick (Olive Hill and Ezel):  $1,000.00 to support the Artisan Women’s Retreat series, including heritage arts and crafts workshops focusing on the contributions of women in traditional music. These activities will stimulate creative expression and community building, appreciation of the contributions of Appalachian women, and participants’ potential as agents for social change.

Americana Community Center (Louisville):  $4,000.00 for fiber artist Suzanne Steiger to lead a program enabling immigrant and refugee women to learn and practice various fiber arts in a supportive environment. Through the program, the women will creatively express their cultural heritage, expand their personal identity, build social support networks and develop their leadership and literacy skills, while raising community awareness about refugee and immigrant issues.

Kiah Arnold (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to create a documentary highlighting the achievements of teen and single mothers who are struggling to overcome poverty. The film will highlight their successes and challenge negative stereotypes to help these mothers be treated as equal members of society.

Beaded Treasures Project (Prospect):  $4,500.00 to provide materials and microloans to refugee women to create and sell unique, handcrafted beaded jewelry. The project helps the women overcome economic, social and linguistic barriers to success, and increases awareness of the challenges refugee women face.

Jessica Bellamy (Louisville):  $2,860.00 to create a multimedia interactive program using music and oral histories inside a jukebox to highlight the influence of black women in Louisville’s blues and jazz culture. The jukebox will travel to various locations and increase cultural competency, appreciation of the contrubutions of black artists, and promote intercultural communication.

Bondurant/ Western Hills Student Support Center (Frankfort):  $1,100.00 for Betty Lawson to work with ten female students from Bondurant Middle School and ten female students from Western Hills High School to change the direction of their lives by setting goals and journaling. The writing program will help the girls empower themselves, transform their lives and share their experiences with other young women.

Joan Brannon (Lexington): $1500 to offer drum circles and performance opportunities to survivors of domestic violence and staff of domestic violence shelters. The drum circles will provide an opportunity for creative expression and accomplishment, increase participants’ self-esteem and sense of personal power and lead to individual and group transformation.

Carrie Brunk (Big Hill):  $3,600.00 to support the 2012 Clear Creek Festival, featuring diverse music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, readings, visual art installation and films along with educational and activist workshops. The local feminist activists and male allies leaders encourage people to become active during and beyond the festival in creating and enacting feminist change.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington):  $4,000.00 for the Young Women Writers Project for high school women to explore writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern, including body image and self-esteem. Female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor the students and encourage them to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Center for Women and Families (Louisville):  $5,000.00 for Christy Burch to engage staff in expressive writing and storytelling, giving voice to their personal experiences of working with women and children who have been traumatized by power-based violence. This is the first phase of “Herstory,” a project to capture, celebrate and preserve 100 years of advocacy work and develop the stories into a theatre production for the community.

Chrysalis House (Lexington):  $1,000.00 for women at Chrysalis House to explore their experience of the intersection of violence against women and substance abuse through photography. The women’s photogaphy will tell their stories to heal, raise awareness about the effects of violence against women and substance abuse, and inspire women currently experiencing violence and substance abuse to seek help.

Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (Louisville):  $2,000.00 for the Weber Gallery, a social change art gallery, to create a two-month visual art exhibition called “Women Work,” featuring diverse women artists, with and without disabilities. The exhibition and accompanying workshop for girls will explore multiple ways to define women and work, and will present an inclusive feminist statement on the inherent value of every woman’s contribution.

Lauralee Crain, Lindsey Jagoe and Austyn Gaffney (Lexington):  $5,065.00 to incorporate photography and poetry into the Full Circles Foundation “Strong Camps” program. The summer day camps will provide a creative outlet for middle school girls to develop their self-confidence as female artists, pride in their community, and take charge of their lives socially, politically and economically.

Freda Fairchild and Teri Moore (Paducah):  $2,000.00 to work with girls from the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club to create masks and costumes for a skit they will develop and perform. These activities will explore how participants develop ideas and beliefs about themselves, their sense of self-worth, and point out the importance of passing on good information to girls around them.

Family Scholar House (Louisville):  $2,000.00 for artists Judy Riendeau and Mara Ezerins to work with single-parent college students to help them express their personal stories and interact with each other in new ways through a variety of visual art forms. The artmaking will help participants bolster their hopes and dreams, achieve their goals and build a better future for themselves and their children.

Freedom in Creation Bowling Green, KY Chapter (Bowling Green):  $2,500.00  for Mia Jaye Jackson and Stephani Stacy to lead a series of visual art workshops for youth at the Boys and Girls Club to promote engagement with the arts, learning about the struggles of women and girls in Uganda, including former child-soldiers. The workshops will increase the self-esteem of participants, make them aware of global issues, and show them how to make a difference in their global community, while their community exhibits will raise awareness about feminist issues in Uganda as well as bring attention to young artists in the community.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort):  $4,000.00 for four women artists to lead groups of girls and boys in creating a piece of artwork outdoors with natural materials that explores ideas of eco-feminism. Youth will develop their creative identities, the artists will gain teaching and collaborative experience, and JSP will develop as an eco-feminist arts organization.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Inc. (Frankfort):  $5,325.00 to support the Swallowtail Project, with incarcerated women throughout the state writing about how violence or the threat of violence has affected their decisions, hopes, health and lives. The program offers the women a creative outlet, new ways to cope after their release, and the opportunity to share their experience with the community.

Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (Frankfort):  $1,440.00 to continue and expand their “Staging Voices” program, in which high school girls and boys will learn from previously unheard Kentucky women by conducting oral histories for use in a theatre production. The program will teach teens about women’s history and feminism, and work to create a new generation of feminist women and men who can speak out about gender discrimination.

Kentucky Repertory Theatre (Horse Cave):  $4,500.00 for feminist playwright Arlene Hutton to offer a series of discussion and writers’ groups in which participants record their memories of how gender roles have evolved since World War II in conjunction with the Theatre’s production of her “Nibroc” series. The production and workshops will help participants and audiences gain awareness of feminist issues throughout the state.

Kentucky River Keeper (Richmond, McKee):  $5,100.00 for Pat Banks and Judy Sizemore to lead a “Shaped by Water” retreat in which women artists working in diverse media will increase their understanding of environmental issues affecting Kentucky waterways, collaborate artistically and develop environmental advocacy projects. The retreat will explore the relationship between feminism and environmentalism, and develop a shared vision for feminist environmentalism in Kentucky.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington):  $4,000.00 to support artist fees for the 34th annual conference, including workshops, readings, discussions, publishing seminars, contests and a spoken-word competition. The conference includes a high proportion of presenters who engage feminist issues, and demonstrates the possibilities for community engagement and how art can influence social change.

Looking for Lilith (Louisville):  $3,460.00 to create and perform two new original works: “Becoming Mothers,” a play based on oral histories about motherhood, and “Ten Years, Seven Stories,” a play that takes excerpts from the original plays they have created in the past decade. Both plays will be part of their 10th Anniversary Celebration and expanding LFL’s mission of re-examining and sharing women’s experiences through original theatre.

Louisville Girls Leadership (Prospect):  $3,075.00 for a group of high school girls to produce a 30-minute podcast about the impact the Louisville Girls Leadership organization has had on girls, and the impact these girls have had on the community. The podcast will provide participants experience in web technology, and will inspire more girls who are interested in feminist thought and action.

Heather Marshall and Sharon LaRue (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to host an arts-based healing retreat for survivors of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence. The art activities will provide participants with tools to release hidden feelings and emotions in a safe environment, and the program will bring awareness to the issue of violence against women.

Murray State University, Dept. of Music (Murray):  $4,500.00 to support the 2013 Athena Festival, “Breaking Barriers– Finding Her Own Voice” through a call for compositions by women composers, workshops for pre-college and college age students with a selected woman composer, scholars sharing current research, and community performances of new work by women. The festival, which promotes music composed by women, will inspire young women to find their own voices and to pursue their musical aspirations.

Susan Pope (Danville):  $1,500.00 to provide theatre residencies at Maryhurst, a residential treatment facility for girls, and Choices, Inc, a transitional housing facility, during which participants will use Image-Theatre activities. The activities will encourage bonding among participants, personal reflection on domestic violence, and understanding of the power of art to make one’s story heard.

Tara Remington (Louisville):  $3,000.00 to provide “Mindful Creativity” workshops to women, including a variety of art and creative expression techniques to help participants discover their authentic selves. The workshops will encourage self-awareness and community involvement.

Nicole Sartini (Louisville):  $4,275.00 to create and distribute a book for children who are entering residential treatment in a group home for the first time. The book will help ease the transition by giving the children an idea of what to expect, process their own stories, introduce coping skills, foster bonds between the children and their new caregivers and encourage the children to break the cycle of violence.

Amber Sigman (Louisville):  $4,000.00 to teach “Live, Learn, Love” photography workshops increasing self-esteem and confidence for teenage female survivors of abuse, neglect and abandonment residing at Home of the Innocents. The photography project will help the girls learn leadership and social skills, teamwork, patience, and appreciation for the arts, as well as raise awareness in the community about the issue of child abuse.

Lisa Simon and Skylar Smith (Louisville):  $5,100.00 to support the creation and group exhibition of “With Child,” new work by seven artists who will examine their pre- and post-child artistic identity. The exhibition will include hands-on art activities, a catalog and an online discussion community to open a dialog about parenthood, gender roles as a parent and artist, sacrifice, compromise and creativity, while providing specific models for incorporating creativity into a busy life.

Woodford County High School Creative Writing Club (Versailles):  $2,600.00 for Laura Benton to lead students to create a print and online literary magazine with the theme, “Feminist Vision and Social Change,” that highlights young women writers. The female students will engage in writing sessions, and discuss social change and opportunities for women writers in the region.

 

Art Meets Activism Grantees for 2011

Americana Community Center (Louisville):  $5,625 to support the creation of fiber artworks by immigrant and refugee women. The Americana Fiberworks program provides opportunities for creative self-expression, helps participants develop literacy skills and confidence and raises awareness about refugees and immigrants in the Metro Louisville area.

Balagula Theatre Company (Lexington):  $5,350 to produce a play by the winner of the first annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference Playwriting Prize. By highlighting a woman playwright and female cast, the performance will demonstrate women’s dramatic creativity and address the documented gap in opportunities for women playwrights.

Bondurant Middle School (Frankfort):  $1,500 for Betty Lawson to lead after school journaling and empowerment skills workshops for girls. The writing, journaling and group activities will encourage creative self expression and help in the establishment and completion of personal goals.

Carrie Brunk (Big Hill):  $5,350 to support the Clear Creek Festival, which includes community-based music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, readings and films along with educational workshops. The Festival will create a diverse cultural and educational space in which community members can learn together, challenge injustice, and work for social change.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington):  $2,530 for the Young Women Writers Project, in which five female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor groups of high school aged women to explore writing and literary performance techniques and examine issues of concern to them, including body image and self esteem. The project will forge connections between women writers of several age groups, and encourage young writers to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Family Scholar House and Chenoweth S. Allen (Louisville):  $3,075 for a program in which student-mothers participate in weekly expressive art activities. The program will help the participants reframe traumatic experiences, nurture the development of their individual self-expression, and discern new directions for their lives.

Kate Hadfield (Lexington):  $1,000 to encourage a group of dancers to produce a full-length concert juxtaposing the 1920s with contemporary times, exploring issues surrounding women’s rights then and now. Plans include a dance workshop for women and girls promoting healthy awareness, acceptance of one’s body, and risk-taking for social change.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort):  $3,477 to support four women sculptors to lead workshops for youth. Through this new “Kids Make Sculpture” program, the youth will explore ideas related to eco-feminism, gain respect for women artists as leaders, and develop their own creativity and artmaking.

Kentucky Center ArtsReach Program (Louisville): $5,400 to work with Gwen Kelly to explore visual art techniques, create jewelry, and develop relationships among an intergenerational group of women and girls from various educational, ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds in Louisville. Creating art together will foster a sense of community, respect, cooperation, collective power to accomplish creative aspirations, and encourage giving back to the community among members of the group.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Inc. (Frankfort): $5,325 to collaborate with Bianca Spriggs to lead a 12-month program for incarcerated women to write about how violence has impacted their lives, learn to think critically, and express their emotions and truths. The writing sessions will be photographed and exhibited with selected literary works at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

Kentucky Environmental Foundation and Betsy Wilson (Berea):  $4,200 to collaborate with Elizabeth Wilson to photograph Kentucky women affected by harmful chemicals in everyday environments. The photographs and accompanying stories in this “Images of Women’s Environmental Health” project will raise awareness about toxic chemicals and demonstrate the need for policies that reduce women’s exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (Frankfort):  $4,500 to lead workshops and create a theatre production based on oral history interviews by high school girls with Kentucky women who experienced gender discrimination. This “Staging Voices” project will inspire a new generation of women to discover their voices and promote change by personalizing through artistic performances the stories of discrimination.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (Louisville):  $4,500 to collaborate with Pat Sturtzel and South Park High School’s Teenage Parent Program to provide a 12-week fiber arts education program for teenage mothers. Fiber artmaking will be integrated into the curriculum, and students will learn how to express ideas of personal significance and develop positive life skills through teamwork by creating a collaborative quilt.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington):  $3,250 to support artist fees for ten feminist presenters for the 33rd annual conference. The conference fosters the literary growth and community engagement of women and girls in Kentucky through writing workshops, readings, discussions, publishing seminars, contests and a spoken word competition.

Kids Grow Kentucky, Inc. (Frankfort):  $5,325 for a series of literary and visual arts workshops to introduce women to the arts and the natural world. The goals of the program are to help women break down their fears of wilderness activities, and increase participation in and protection of the outdoors.

Christine Kuhn (Lexington):  $2,473 to collaborate with Normandi Ellis on a series of visual art and creative writing workshops at the Art Villge in Versailles, facilitatating conversations between elders and at-risk high school women and culminating in a staged reading and community exhibition. The workshops will help elder and young participants gain self-confidence through self-expression and develop new ideas for what is possible in their lives.

Regina Lang (Louisville):  $1,000 to encourage her to facilitate an art-centered dialogue workshop called “Mothers Speak” for women in the Shawnee community who have lost daughters or sons to gun violence. The workshops will provide a positive mode of expression for women to channel their grief, and raise awareness about gun violence.

Louisville Visual Art Association (Louisville):  $2,500 to support a collaboration with the ACLU-KY and female former felons in long-term recovery at the Healing P