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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.