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KFW Grants Program

Each year, KFW awards $200,000 in grants;
$100,000 is given for each program.

Artist Enrichment 2014 Grantees
Art Meets Activism 2014 Grantees

Artist Enrichment 2014 Grantees

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.                 
Red Biddix (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to create a community mural in west Louisville. Creating the mural will enable her to develop as a feminist artist, and the project will foster a sense of community and spark conversations about how to create positive social change.                             

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.                           
Nora Burton (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to work with an editor on her memoir, which deals with physical, emotional, and sexual childhood abuse. Working with the editor will enhance her capabilities as a writer, and the memoir will raise awareness about childhood abuse and inspire others to tell their stories.                                   
Ellie Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington): $1,000.00 to develop new outreach and education materials for The Girl Project, through which teenage girls will create art that promotes positive images of women and girls. The activities will expand their reach by allowing them to work with new populations of girls, and by fostering relationships between organizations that share common goals.                            
Mary F. Cummins (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to work with an editor to complete her autobiography and prepare it for publication. Working with the editor will strengthen her skills as a writer, and writing her story will bring awareness to the issue of sex trafficking in Kentucky.                                
Arwen Donahue (Carlisle):  $2,000.00 to create a series of watercolor environmental portraits of agrarian women artists and writers, and to create a multimedia website linking portraits to oral history interviews with the artists. She will create art that is rooted in land and community, and the finished work will facilitate dialogue about the connections between farming, food, creativity, health, and empowerment.                         
Vaughan Fielder (Lexington):  $2,000.00 to research the viability of creating a freely available, accessible, user-driven, not-for-profit database that would benefit independent poets and poetry presses. The project will allow her to use her technical skills creatively to collaborate with other feminist artists. The website and database will create new opportunities for small presses and poets who have been marginalized in the mainstream publishing world.                                 
Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort):  $7,000.00 to collaborate with other women artists through residencies at her eco-feminist sculpture park, and to work towards increased exposure and long-term sustainability of the park's programs. The collaborations will help her grow as an artist, provide new opportunities for feminist artists from inside and outside of the state, and enhance the park's artistic programming.                                

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.                          
Lori Larusso (Lexington):  $1,600.00 to create and exhibit a body of work focused on the feeling of disconnect often experienced by women in domestic spaces. The artist will experiment with new techniques while exploring the theme of domesticity through painting. The exhibit will promote dialogue about the challenges of domestic work and the ways in which domesticity has evolved over time in the United States.                                                              
Ada Limón (Lexington):  $3,000.00 to write a full-length book of poetry that delves into the personal stories of women in communities directly impacted by mountaintop removal mining. Writing the book will allow her to shift her artistic focus from writing in her own voice to writing in other women’s voices. The completed book will help bring both local and national awareness to the impacts of mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky.            
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville):  $4,000.00 to support a week-long artistic exchange with a group of six Guatemalan women with whom they have been working over a period of ten years, and to create a one-act multilingual performance piece reflecting on their work together. The exchange will allow them to share cross-cultural artistic approaches to using theatre for social justice, strengthening their partnership and their work as feminist artists.            

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.                          
Sue Massek (Willisburg):  $3,000.00 to study with actor and director Davina Cook in order to strengthen the script of her one-woman play, Precious Memories. This collaboration will enhance her skills as an artist and help make the play a more powerful social change tool. The play will raise awareness about the history of the coal field wars in eastern Kentucky and how they relate to contemporary labor and class issues, as well as their intersection with other forms of oppression.                      

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.                                    
Sarah McCartt-Jackson (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to complete her poetry manuscript examining the long-term effects of living in an abusive relationship. Writing the collection will help her develop as a poet and the manuscript will challenge conventional notions about  abuse while examining issues of gender, domesticity, marriage, coupleship, unmotherhood, body, and home.                                   

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.                                 
Beth Nolte (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to work with a mentor, and to create a series of self portraits for her first solo exhibit, which will focus on themes of compassion, spiritual connection, and embodiment. Working with a mentor will help her develop artistically, and the project will raise awareness about the importance of self-compassion.                                 
Jordie Oetken (Louisville):  $6,500.00 to further her training as a professional stuntwoman and develop a photographic body of work that explores falling in relation to the process of forgetting. This project will help her establish her artistic identity while enhancing her technical skill. The photographic series will depict women as strong, commanding subjects, challenging dominant gender conventions in the film industry.                             
Tracy Pennington (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to collaborate with other feminist artists to create a body of mosaic art around the theme of pain and power. Creating the mosaics will allow her and her collaborators to reflect on their own struggles through artmaking, and the exhibit will foster awareness and dialogue about art as a healing force.                          
Sarah Jane Sanders (Frankfort):  $2,800.00 to participate in a series of workshops and to create photographs focusing on women, food, and food culture. Attending the workshops will improve the quality of her images, and the photo series will celebrate women's contributions to their families and communities, and encourage dialogue about their role in nourishing others and sustaining life.                                
Staci R. Schoenfeld (Frankfort):  $5,000.00 to complete her first full-length poetry manuscript, which engages with issues of child abuse and mental illness. Writing the poems will help her explore themes of trauma, healing, and forgiveness through writing and the finished book will inspire other survivors of abuse to break their silence and speak their truth.                             

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.                         
Bonita Skaggs-Parsons (Morehead):  $1,000.00 to establish a reliable Internet connection in her home and expand her body of work as a feminist artist. The Internet connection will increase her effectiveness as an artist by broadening her reach and increasing her exposure, and her artwork will raise awareness about a range of contemporary issues facing the Appalachian region.                                  
Ellen Skidmore (Lexington):  $7,000.00 to complete a series of illustrations for a children's book about a girl with a speech impediment who communicates through painting. Creating the paintings and the book will enhance her skills as an artist. The book will teach young girls important lessons about bullying, alienation, insecurity, and self-empowerment.                                  
Sara Louise Soltau (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to teach, observe, and perform violin as part of a unique program at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center for Women in Eagle River, Alaska. The knowledge and experience she gains will help her open a dialogue about the potential benefits of this kind of program for incarcerated women in Kentucky.                        

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.                          
Robin Waggoner (Grayson):  $1,000.00 to attend an Appalachian conference to aid in editing and revising her play, “Traipsin’Woman: The Jean Thomas Story.” The conference will help her connect with other artists and build her writing skills. The play will raise awareness about Thomas and the work she has done collecting and preserving Appalachian ballads.                           
Dane Elizabeth Waters (Louisville):  $2,100.00 to compose, record, mix, master, and produce a vinyl LP on the theme of the empowered female voice through experimental vocalizations. Completing the project will help her develop stronger composing, promotion and entrepreneurial skills, and the LP will inspire other female musicians to push the boundaries of the male-dominated music industry.                              

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.                               
Lindsey Windland (Berea):  $1,000.00 to create a collection of work that explores the tradition of embroidery by blending traditional and contemporary styles and techniques used by women across time and space. Completing the collection will allow her to experiment with new techniques. The finished pieces will encourage viewers to see embroidery as a fine art, and its practitioners as creative and capable artists.                        
Whitney Withington (Big Hill):  $1,000.00 to attend a week-long bookmaking workshop, to create 50 handmade blank journals to create space for women's written storytelling, and to lead a small bookmaking workshop for women in Kentucky. Attending the workshop will improve her bookmaking skills and allow her to experiment with new techniques, and leading her own workshop will provide an opportunity for other Kentucky women artists to learn about bookmaking.                        
Frankie Wolf (Lexington):  $5,000.00 to research and write a novel based on a fictitious matriarchal culture in Kentucky's Red River Gorge. The research will allow her to gain new knowledge and skills that will help her write a more believable and realistic novel. The novel will provide young female readers with strong female characters and will foster an appreciation for Kentucky's natural history and native cultures.  

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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.

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