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Art Meets Activism Grant Program

The 2015 Art Meets Activism Application Form is now available. The application deadline is Friday, March 6.

If you are interested in applying, please first review Thinking About Applying and information about criteria, amounts of grants, timeline and eligibility on the Grant Program Page.

SAVE THE DATE!  Participatory Grant Workshops

Paducah:  Saturday, February 7, 1-4 pm, McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street, Paducah, KY 42003

Berea:  Saturday, February 21, 3:30-6:30 pm, Madison County Public Library, 319 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403

Louisville:  Monday, February 23, 5:30-8:30 pm. Louisville Free Public Library (Main), 301 York Street, Louisville, KY 40203

All workshops include networking, discussions of feminism, art for social change, information on grant applications and Spring Opportunities. Come and meet our new director Sharon LaRue. We want to hear from you! Free and open to the public. Healthy snacks provided.


KFW staff have compiled the following Additional Information on Completing the Application to help you think through each component of the application process. The links below will provide you with information, questions to ask yourself while applying and frequently asked questions to help you understand and complete the 2015 Art Meets Activism application.  

Application Overview

1. Completing the Form

2. Description of Proposed Activities - Intro and FAQ

2a. Summary
2b. Activities
2c. Feminism
2d. Results
2e.Social Change Impact

3. Preparing a Budget

4. Composing a Biographical Statement

5. Submitting a Current Work Sample

6. Letters of Recommendation

Frequently Asked Questions About Submitting an Application
What You Need to Know Now About Receiving a Grant


The Art Meets Activism (AMA) grant supports feminist artists and organizations in Kentucky to engage individuals and communities in artmaking that directly advances positive social change.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate their commitment to feminism, their ability to engage community members, and have a concrete plan for positive social change through arts-based activities.  Applicants may request funds for a range of art activities that address social change including but not limited to: community participation in creating art, collaborative or individualized artmaking with women and/or girls, artists’ creation of new work in a community context, or arts education programs primarily focused on women or girls.  Applicants to the AMA grant program, like the Artist Enrichment grant program, should show high artistic quality in the work sample, and should be able to demonstrate their commitment to feminism and their understanding of the relationship between art and social change. Both grant programs are arts-based and feminist in nature.
Examples of awarded Art Meets Activism grants
A visual artist
in Ashland provides weekly mixed media art workshops at a domestic violence shelter to help women express their emotions, build their self-respect and develop their abilities to become empowered women.
Two media artists in Eastern Kentucky record oral histories of diverse generations of eastern KY women artists, share the oral histories on a website, and establish an online community of women artists interested in social change in this region. The project connects women artists and encourages them to become agents of social change.

A dancer
in Louisville teaches modern dance classes that incorporate body image and self-esteem discussion workshops for African-American women. The classes will uplift and educate the participants by engaging them through dance.
A writer in Paint Lick leads writing activities with women over the age of 70 living in an independent retirement community. The activities assist the writers to become lifelong contributors to the community, and encourages them to continue to write and share their experiences with women and girls in Kentucky.
An arts organization in Lexington partners artists with survivors of domestic violence to create art rooted in the survivors’ experiences. The program gives survivors an opportunity for creative self-expression, provides artists an opportunity to use their skills, and advances social change by raising community awareness about violence against women.

To Contact KFW:
Kentucky Foundation for Women
1215 Heyburn Building
332 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202-2184
Phone: (502) 562-0045
Toll Free: (866) 654-7564

Fax: (502) 561-0420

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