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.
B. Elizabeth Beck (Lexington): $1,000.00 to attend workshops and develop her full-length manuscript of autobiographical lyrical poems, “Grandma’s Mink & Army Jackets,” about her experiences overcoming incest, rape and domestic violence. She will develop her skills as narrative poet, and her poems can help empower women and inspire them to overcome trauma in their own lives.
Joan Brannon (Lexington): $4,000.00 to participate in a two-week study trip to Conakry, Guinea to learn West African drumming, percussion and drum-making. She will develop as a performance artist and teacher and use her understanding of the history and current role of women in West Africa to inspire more girls and women to drum.
Dawn Bunch (Louisville): $5,000.00 to purchase equipment to create a new body of visual art addressesing the impact of violent acts on females and how they reclaim their bodies and power. She will learn new skills and techniques, and her paintings will raise awareness about preventing and healing trauma that women experience.
Julie-Anna Carlisle (Hopkinsville): $1,000.00 to encourage her work on “Finding Forty,” documentary photography and prose inspired by feminist ethics about women crossing into their middle years. She will enhance her skills as a photographer and writer, and her work will portray powerful women and represent female aging as wisdom, experience and power.
Kelli Carmean (Lexington): $2,600.00 to support a writing retreat for “Falling Jade Bead,” a work of historical fiction set among the ancient Maya. The novel will raise awareness of the important role Mayan women played in their societies to help inspire shifts in actions, attitudes and behaviors about gender roles in our contemporary world.
Angelique Clay (Lexington): $2,600.00 to develop a recital series and recording featuring selected songs from seven African-American women composers active in the late 20th and early 21st century. She will develop as a musician and the recitals and recording will raise awareness about African-American women composers and inspire aspiring women of color composers.
Kelly Davenport (Louisville): $2,250.00 to participate in an astrophotography landscape and image editing workshop to create a collection of images showing the natural beauty of the night sky in Kentucky. She will gain the technical foundation she needs, and her images will inspire women to learn more about science and nature, spark a sense of awe and imagination, and show viewers how to be better stewards of the earth.
Renée Deemer (Bowling Green): $3,000.00 to create a short experimental video combining allegorical images of the feminine psyche based in literature, myth and archetypes along with her personal vision. The activities will develop her visual lexicon as a feminist artist and the piece will inspire an inner dialogue in women viewers about what images resonate with them, and invite them to explore their own personal interpretations of feminine experience.
Kathi E.B. Ellis (Louisville): $2,500.00 to attend LaMama International Symposium for Directors, which brings together artists from throughout the world. She will learn from world-class artists, think beyond the norms of the local arts community, and energize her artistic practice. She will share her lessons and experiences with theatre companies in Kentucky.
Frankie Finley (Lexington): $2,500.00 to participate in a writing workshop to develop her memoir about a family raising a child following same-sex “divorce.” She will be enriched as a writer, and the memoir will help raise awareness about the feminist issues of marriage equality, parenting rights and protecting children.
Mary Hamilton (Frankfort): $1,000.00 to research and develop historical storytelling about Kentuckian Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946), a nationally known early childhood educator and children’s advocate who co-wrote the “Happy Birthday” song. She will develop her writing and historical storytelling skills, expand public knowledge of women’s history, and inspire others to advocate for children and their families.
Nicole Hand (Almo): $3,113.00 to produce a series of eight etchings for printmaking that explore inequalities in relationships, specifically concerning gender within the traditional family structure. She will push her feminist ideas to a new place, and her artwork will raise awareness about gender inequality and inspire young women and artists to feel empowered by feminist voices.
Donna Ison (Lexington): $2,000.00 to develop a piece of creative nonfiction titled “Taking Back Me: From Glamour Girl to Off-the-Grid,” the story of her living independently and simply for one year. She will define herself and emerge with a more powerful perspective as a woman and as an artist, and her work will inspire women to take back their identities and live as they truly desire.
Julia Johnson (Lexington): $2,000.00 to support an artist residency to advance a book-length manuscript of poems based on the work of twentieth-century Surrelist artist Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985), whose work engages feminist themes. She will immerse herself in Oppenheim’s work and create new poems that engage new forms to express visual art. Her poetry will raise awareness about Oppenheim and spark conversation around controversial feminist themes.
Diane Kahlo (Lexington): $6,500.00 to transport her installation about the feminicide taking place in Juarez, Mexico to gallery, university and alternative spaces across the nation and to create a new component that addresses human and sex trafficking. The exhibitions and discussions will help her make her work more visually interesting, and the installations will explore the relationships between poverty, unemployment, corporate exploitation and the objectification of women globally.
Shawna Khalily (Louisville): $5,800.00 to develop a series of eight large-scale hand-colored woodcut prints entitled, “Homo Luminous: Beings of Light,” exploring themes of gender balance and fluidity. She will learn to create more fluid expression of her figures, and advance her drawing and carving techniques. Her work will present visual images of a more inclusive, unified and harmonious global and cosmic consciousness.
Annie Langan (Prospect): $4,000.00 to create photographs documenting female farmers throughout Kentucky. She will enhance her skills, and her work will represent women in a strong, positive light and convey a sense of the power of women.
Susan Lindsey (Louisville): $1,000.00 for her nonfiction book about fifteen formerly enslaved women and men from Christian County, KY, who immigrated to Liberia in 1836. She will learn writing and researching about free women and enslaved people, and the completed work will help readers understand the issues of slavery and colonization, and the roles of women in Kentucky and Liberia.
Anita M. Majors (Louisville): $1,000.00 for her original television show, “The Tax Lady Sings,” combining financial education with original music. She will be able to focus on creative aspects, and the show will help women improve their financial situations and contribute to economic change in their families.
Kri Martin (Louisville): $1,000.00 for her multi-media children’s story about a young girl who lives in the KY foster care system and overcomes adversity through her writing and deawings. The completed story will inspire young people to find and speak their voice and see their full potential, which will help create change in society.
Amanda Matthews (Lexington): $5,795.00 to purchase an electric ring bending machine for metal fabrication to create a series of large-scale circular and spiral feminist sculptures. She will be able to work with a variety of metals, and the sculptures will show the wisdom, love, perseverance, greatness and connectedness of all women.
Jennifer Hester Mattox (Paris): $2,700.00 to attend the ThrillerFest conference and advance her work on suspense novels about feminist heroines. She will learn new writing techniques and meet literary agents, and her writing about empowered female characters living in Kentucky will help change the way women are portrayed in suspense novels.
Marie Mitchell (Richmond): $2,400.00 to travel to Prince of Peace orphanage in Guatemala to develop her novel about a fictionalized girl who is placed at the orphanage. She will advance as a writer by focusing on her first solo book, and the book will help raise awareness about the literacy and economic condition of women in Guatemala.
Rene Orth (Louisville): $4,500.00 to create a full piano and vocal recording of her chamber opera, “The Red Thread,” about the effects of China’s one-child policy on two mothers and a baby girl. She will develop as a composer and the recording will help her work be staged and fully performed, which will raise awareness about the One-Child policy and its affect on women in China.
Tina Parker (Berea): $2,059.00 to revise and seek publication for her full-length manuscript series of linked narrative poems about a young girl’s journey into womanhood. She will work with poet and mentor Leatha Kendrick to enrich her growth as a feminist writer, bring her work to a wider audience and encourage women to question gender roles and tell their stories.
Chrisena Ricci (Lexington): $1,000.00 to direct a play called “Smudge,” by Rachel Axler, about a family struggling with post-partum depression. She will grow as an artist and establish herself as a young female director, and the play will bring attention to the challenges of motherhood.
Rachel Showman (Lakeside Park): $1,000.00 to encourage her to develop her non-fiction book and website about her life as an active-duty army wife. She will develop as a writer, and the book will help educate Kentuckians about the daily life and struggles of their military neighbors and address the stereotype of an army wife.
Mitzi Sinnott (Flatwoods): $2,500.00 to work with a graphic designer to create a website highlighting her work as an artist and educator, which will help her advance her career as a feminist social change artist. Her work exploring feminist and social justice issues will reach veterans, civilians and families and help promote healthier self-esteem in girls.
Savannah Sipple (Beattyville): $3,168.00 to participate in a residency and complete a manuscript called “South Fork,” that is a collection of persona poems in the voice of different community members in a small town in Appalachia. She will develop as a poet and complete her first published collection. The collection will present strong female personas who challenge the conventions of their culture, and draw attention to the complexities of the issues that affect Appalachia, and America today.
Bianca Spriggs (Lexington): $7,444.00 to support her poetry about thirteen black women who were lynched in Kentucky in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a multimodal production called “The Thirteen,” incorporating her poems with visual art and music, to explore the racial, political and socio-economic climate that may have led to their executions. She will broaden her experience as an artist, and the poetry will draw parallels around how these women’s lives and deaths correlate to contemporary examples of abuse and violence.
Pam Swisher (Louisville): $2,250.00 to purchase equipment and incorporate new shooting and editing techniques into three video projects that will each increase exposure of local lesbian-identified artists. She will expand her work as an independent artist, and her work will redefine “making it” to mean collaboratively creating with and gaining support and inspiration from women artists in her community.
Doris Thurber (Frankfort): $2,775.00 to participate in a five-day batik workshop to advance her expertise and to incorporate new skills into her work, depicting stories of women, nature and spirit. She will express her feminist and spiritual ideas in her teaching and her art, which will convey the importance of feminist values.
Diana Vandeveer (Louisville): $2,000.00 to develop a nonfiction book & workbook that explores the life changes and healing process for widows. She will develop as a writer and learn more about widows’ needs, and the book will help women in this life-changing situation have a voice and purposeful future.
Nieta Wigginton (Lexington): $2,046.00 to research, develop and market the first biography of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a leader and visionary who helped African American women see the harmonious role of being both civil rights and women’s rights advocates. She will develop as a children’s book writer, and the completed work will raise awareness about Height’s contributions and inspire and encourage children to advocate for current social issues.
Aimee Zaring (Louisville): $3,500.00 to create a narrative cookbook of refugee recipes, including the women’s experiences, recipes and photographs. She will expand her understanding of feminism and social change through her interaction with women from around the world, and the stories in the book will inspire readers and dispel fears that some Americans have toward refugees.
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