Constance Alexander (Murray): $3,000.00 to write a performance piece showcasing the range of women's care giving roles through the stories of midwives and end-of-life caregivers. These pieces will inspire dialogue about the essential role women play as caregivers from the beginning to the end of life.
Susan Bond (Louisville): $6,000.00 to complete a memoir addressing gender issues in outdoor adventure while embarking on a solo hike of the Appalachian trail. The memoir will raise awareness about sexual harassment, violence, and other challenges faced by women hikers and offer feminist strategies for navigating those challenges.
Diane Kahlo (Lexington): $3,000.00 to hire a professional photographer/ videographer to create a virtual tour of her exhibit about the disappearances and murders of women in Juarez, Mexico. The project will enable her to reach new audiences, and the exhibit will raise awareness about the many forms of violence against women in Mexico and beyond.
Judith C. Owens Lalude (Louisville): $1,000.00 to translate a series of feminist social change books and their related programs into braille, large print, and audio for the visually impaired. Adapting the books and programming in this way will allow her to reach a new population of readers with her materials, providing a platform for discussing the how slavery and struggles for civil rights have shaped the history of the United States.
Genevieve Mangine (Lexington): $1,000.00 to research and write a fictional piece about a 19th century abolitionist who encounters her own prejudices as she seeks to help women who are experiencing sexual slavery in the antebellum South. The project will expand her skills as a researcher and a writer, and the novel's complex, compassionate characters will encourage readers to see the world through a less polarizing lens.
Amanda Matthews (Lexington): $6,000.00 to create a bronze casting of a life-size dryad sculpture as part of a feminist sculpture series. Creating the sculpture will expand the breadth of her professional portfolio as an artist and educator, and the completed work will inspire reflection on the power and beauty of women and nature.
Carrie Mullins (Mount Vernon): $5,000.00 to travel to Croatia to research her next novel, which depicts a female protagonist who is a commander in the Croatian Army. The research will allow her to learn about Croatian culture and enhance her ability to write believable characters outside of her own culture. The novel will challenge simplistic and static depictions of women by developing a believable and complex female character that is both strong and deeply flawed.
Donna Neary (Louisville): $2,100.00 for travel costs to retrace the steps of Leah Smith Lightner, an agent of change in post-World War II Germany. Embarking on this trip will bring her to a new understanding of Smith’s personal narratives of post war trauma, and the finished work will bring Smith’s story to a wider audience and raise awareness about her efforts to offer restorative justice to those injured by war.
Betty Jane Shepherd (Frankfort): $1,000.00 to work on her memoir about overcoming life's obstacles and achieving her dreams. Writing and publishing the memoir will increase the reach of her work and give her confidence as a writer. The memoir will empower women to have hope, stand up for themselves, face their own obstacles, and change their lives.
Misty Skaggs (Olive Hill): $2,900.00 to assist in a writing workshop for teenagers at West Carter High School in Olive Hill, and work toward the creation of similar opportunities for youth in other eastern Kentucky communities. Working with youth will add depth to her work by allowing her to reflect on her own childhood growing up in Appalachia, and the project will create new opportunities for young people in the region.
Bianca Spriggs and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (Lexington): $5,000.00 to edit and publish an anthology of poetry that focuses on powerful feminist women in literature and history. Editing the anthology will allow them to work with other writers around a unified theme, and the anthology will bring awareness to powerful women in history through an accessible artistic medium.
Sullivan Canaday White (Lexington): $1,000.00 to create a festival of plays that celebrates the work of Kentucky and national women theatre artists. Creating the festival will expand her skills as a director, and allow her to connect with feminist artists in the Lexington community. The festival will increase opportunities for female artists and encourage people from different communities within Lexington to find common connections through the arts.
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.
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