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2017 Grantees


  • Americana World Community Center (Louisville): $5500 to engage refugee and immigrant women in making socially relevant fiber art that directly benefits their families, and to support an exhibit to raise awareness of diversity in the community. The program will provide artmaking skills and an opportunity for participants of different cultural backgrounds to interact, build a new social support network and enhance their English skills.
  • Anchal Project (Louisville): $6888 to provide opportunities for women who have been exploited in the sex trade to create marketable products using natural dyes, helping women rediscover their dignity, independence and creativity in a financially rewarding way. This project addresses the exploitation of women around the world by creating employment opportunities, products and markets that support empowerment, and raise awareness about sex trafficking in Kentucky and around the world.
  • Art Guild of Paducah (Paducah): $3100 to work with girls ages 12-18 to create personal photo essays and written journals that explore their lives and the lives of their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or the adult women closest to them. The workshops will provide the girls with multimedia art skills and an opportunity to tell their stories and connect with their families. The exhibition will raise awareness in the community about the changing lives and challenges of Kentucky women and girls over the generations.
  • Athena’s Sisters / Lindsay Gargotto (Louisville): $1500 to provide a creative storytelling workshop/retreat for military women to share their stories and build sisterhood, culminating in the publication of a zine by, for, and about military women. The retreat will create a safe space for exploration and connection via different art forms and writing methods, and the zine will provide a sense of pride and accomplishment among participants while raising awareness about the diverse experiences of military women.
  • B.A.Y.A. Corporation “Beautiful as You Are” (Louisville): $2400 to provide a photo-shoot, paint and sip, and fancy tea to make young girls feel beautiful and help build their self-esteem. The events will expose participants to art activities they may not otherwise have access to and teach them to walk with confidence, love themselves, and embrace their own beauty and power.
  • Mackenzie Berry (Louisville): $2500 to create a documentary film project about Muhammad Ali’s influence on Hip Hop and spoken word poetry. The documentary has a special focus on the effects of misogyny and the impact women have made on Hip Hop.
  • Boys and Girls Haven (Louisville): $4000 to support “Still I Rise,” a visual and performing arts program that partners local artists with young women currently living in their residential treatment facility. The program will empower young women to share their stories as they discover their strengths and find hope for their future, while providing a growth opportunity for collaborating artists.
  • Bobbi Buchanan / Color Your City (Coxs Creek): $4500 for a weekly creative writing workshop for incarcerated women at the Bullitt County Detention Center, culminating in the production of a print anthology of participants’ work. Through workshop discussions and the writing process, female inmates will improve their critical thinking skills, helping them successfully reintegrate into civilian life, stay on a path to recovery from substance abuse by focusing on self-care, and develop healthy relationships with significant others, family members, and friends.
  • The Buttafly Center, Inc. (Louisville): $1000 to develop a documentary titled The Caterpillars, which will bring to light the current lives of contemporary female creatives in Ghana. The documentary will promote the work of local women of color artists while connecting those “outside of the diaspora” with knowledge and awareness about the effects of the diaspora and the current condition of women in America versus Africa.
  • Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning (Lexington): $1900 to support the Young Women Writers Project, through which female writers in their 20’s and 30’s will mentor and engage female high school students in writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them, including body image and self-esteem. Participants will discover their voices with confidence and self-respect, and the mentoring component will forge connections between women writers of varying ages.
  • Chrysalis House, Inc. (Lexington): $1800 to support the Clothesline Project, where women affected by violence decorate shirts and display them on a clothesline in order to raise awareness about domestic or intimate partner violence. The project provides emotional expression and an artistic outlet for women to break the silence that often surrounds their experience, while raising awareness about violence against women in the community.
  • Clear Creek Creative (Big Hill): $4368 to support the Clear Creek Festival, a community event in rural Rockcastle County, Kentucky, which offers a variety of artistic performances including music, theatre, dance, storytelling and spoken word, along with educational workshops and activist engagement opportunities. The Festival will provide a diverse cultural and educational space in which participants can enjoy art, build community, promote healing, deepen public consciousness and inspire themselves and others toward action for living in harmony with nature and one another.
  • Sam L. Cole (Richmond): $5500 to support “Her Appalachia,” a digital storytelling project that engages Appalachian women and girls in the telling of their own stories, specifically addressing the role popular media plays in the construction of their identity. The project will encourage participants and audiences to think more critically about their own perceptions of Appalachian women, and hopefully inspire more nuanced, multi-dimensional media portrayals of women in the region.
  • Commonwealth Theatre Center, Inc. (Louisville): $2625 to stage a production of THE TROJAN WOMEN, a Greek tragedy featuring a cast of Commonwealth Theatre Center youth (primarily female) and professional adult actors and to support drama residencies focusing on feminism, art and social change for local refugee and immigrant youth at Americana Community Center and Doss High School in Louisville. The residents will create original artwork relating to the play. The performance and residencies will raise awareness and understanding in our community of the immigrant and refugee experience while empowering students to tell their stories as agents of social change.
  • Donna M. Crow (Irvine): $1500 to engage girls and women across generations and socio-economic circumstances in writing workshops to share their stories, create monologues based on their experiences, and create a community play based on the monologues. The workshops will promote self-awareness and healing among participants, and the play will instill pride, courage, strength, and a sense of place in the larger Estill County community.
  • Janelle Renee Dunn (Louisville): $3868 to produce Smoked Apple Theatre Group’s annual 6:10 Play Showcase, which highlights women playwrights of color, as well as a series of events leading up to the showcase. The events will give an opportunity for women actors and playwrights of color to gain experience, learn new skills, and have their work showcased in a supportive environment, while increasing exposure and recognition in the larger Louisville theatre community.
  • Benéa Durrett (Louisville): $1000 to support a mentoring program for young girls focused on self expression through the arts. The mentoring artists will provide participants with creative ways to think critically about themselves, their identity and goals, strengthening their self confidence and giving them skills to become future community leaders.
  • Deborah Eller and Michelle Armstrong (Lexington): $2000 to engage clients of a women’s drug and alcohol recovery program in monthly multi-media art workshops, culminating in a public exhibit. The workshops will promote personal growth, self-awareness, and self-confidence for participants, and the exhibit will inspire other clients and help educate the general public about the important role art can play in recovery process.
  • Family Scholar House, Inc. (Louisville): $1000 to support their Building Empowered Women program, which engages single-parent student mothers in the creation of vision boards and multi-media art pieces, giving them a sense of strength as they navigate the challenges of poverty, homelessness and single parenthood. Participants will learn artmaking skills, gain self-confidence and decrease anxiety and stress, and the program will raise awareness about the healing power of art.
  • FFOYA House (Bowling Green): $3675 to host art and writing workshops for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, culminating in a series multimedia art events in Southern Kentucky. The activities will support the work of female artists, empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through the creation of art and literature, and promote awareness about violence against women in the community.
  • Girls Giving For Good / Olivia C. Allen (Louisville): $1000 to support a series of self-expression workshop to be conducted during the I Can Be Girls Confidence Conference in Fall 2017. Through dance, poetry, spoken word, music, and photography, tween girls (ages 8 -12) will learn to find, develop and utilize their voice for causes and issues that are important to them.
  • Girls Rock Louisville (Louisville): $2625 to engage girls and gender non-conforming youth from all backgrounds in a summer camp program at Western Middle School, in which campers ages 10-18 will learn to play an instrument, form a band, and collaboratively write a song. The experience culminates with a concert and professional recording session. Campers will develop self-confidence, musicianship, and leadership skills while participating in workshops focused on intersectional feminism, experimentation in music and sound, and self care.
  • Grayson Gallery and Art Center, Inc. (Grayson): $2345 to hold a series of workshops involving visual, performance, and literary arts for substitute parents and children affected by the growing addiction crisis, culminating in an exhibit featuring their works. Participants will learn to express their feelings and connect with others who share their struggle, and the exhibit will raise awareness about the challenges facing substitute parents in light of the drug problems in the community.
  • Jay Holtman (Erlanger): $1000 to create a life sized sculpture of a mother and child being lifted and supported by a sea of hands to be displayed on the front wall of the common room at the Scholar House. Collaboratively creating the work will give participants a sense of accomplishment and belonging, and the finished work will celebrate and promote the value of mothers furthering themselves and their families through education.
  • RaeShanda Johnson (Louisville): $1000 to provide Cupcakes and Conversations workshops throughout the year to edify, educate, and empower women as they express themselves through a variety of activities including journaling, collage, drawing, and painting. The workshops will allow women to explore issues of self-esteem and body image, and ultimately strengthen their bonds with one another, their families and communities.
  • Kentucky Shakespeare (Louisville): $1365 to provide a series of workshops titled Shakespeare for Strength for the clients of the Center for Women and Families, using ensemble techniques and Shakespeare’s words to empower participants to express themselves in a safe and nurturing environment, culminating in an event with an invited audience of friends, family, and CWF staff. The workshops will provide a creative outlet for participants to reflect on their experiences and express themselves, and the event will deepen family and friends’ understanding of abuse and celebrate the strength, courage, and resiliency of survivors.
  • Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Inc. (Lexington): $1000 to support the 2017 conference which will include writing workshops, craft talks, and panel discussions. The conference provides professional and artistic development for women writers, raises awareness about feminist authors from Kentucky and beyond, and exposes audiences to diverse literary voices, genres, and perspectives.
  • Karen Lanier / KALA Creative (Lexington): $6400 to create the short film The Wisdom of Women Farmers, which provides a platform for Kentucky farmers of diverse backgrounds and all levels of experience to share their wisdom, practical advice, and hopes for the future. The lead artist will interview and make farm visits with women farmers who want to connect, share, converse, and support each other, and the film will be used to stimulate discussions within sustainable farming organizations and the communities they serve.
  • Betty Lawson / Bondurant Middle / Western Hills High School (Frankfort): $1000 to engage female students in a journaling program where they will write about self-esteem, relationships, anger management, compassion for others, gratitude, and other themes relevant to their daily lives, and to take them on a field trip to an arts event. The journaling program will give them skills for personal reflection and empower them to reach their goals, and the field trip will give them exposure to the arts.
  • Jesse Levesque and Jessica Oberdick (Louisville): $2500 to work with emerging and established visual artists, spoken word performers, and other collaborators to create a co-curated exhibition exploring ideas that surround female sexuality and gender, to be exhibited at 1619 FLUX: Art + Activism in Louisville.  The collaboration will provide an opportunity for local artists to interact with each other and receive compensation for their work, and the exhibit will encourage dialogue and challenge outdated ideas about female sexuality and gender identity in the larger community.
  • Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $1000 to support the production of Carefully Taught by Cheryl Davis–a timely and radical work addressing intersectionality in the commonwealth. The play and talkbacks will raise awareness and dialogue among participating artists and audiences alike about the issues of privilege and racial (in)justice that infuse their daily lives.
  • Louisville Grows, Inc. (Louisville): $2000 to support a 13-week visual art workshop exploring themes such as feminist environmental justice and systemic social disinvestment, culminating in a public art exhibition and community conversation with the artists. The workshops will cultivate connections among feminist artists and the exhibit will foster dialogue about social and environmental themes that are of deep concern to the neighborhoods and communities engaged.
  • Sue Massek (Willisburg): $1000 to organize a retreat for a diverse group Kentucky feminist artists from all genres who are looking for ways to amplify the impact their art has on current social justice issues. Through a series of interactive sessions, participants will pool their collective knowledge, exchange stories and ideas, and build momentum and connections that will help them pursue their collective social change goals more effectively.
  • Owensboro Dance Theatre, Inc. (Owensboro): $4468 to provide dance/movement experiences for women of all ages, abilities, income levels, and backgrounds with a focus on improving the self-image and confidence through dance. The classes will encourage women and girls of all body types, backgrounds, and abilities to embrace their unique bodies and skills, explore the range of their mobility, and find their inner artistic voice.
  • Laura Petrie (Paducah): $2000 to support the My Syster’s Art Initiative, which will serve as an umbrella event which will inspire, encourage and challenge women and LGBTQ women to produce feminist art through a film festival, short film challenge, spoken word event, and fiber art challenge, culminating in an eight-week feminist art exhibit. The activities will build feminist community, increase public awareness of female issues, and encourage women to stand against unfair practices which keep women and girls oppressed.
  • Charity Rust-Jordan (Independence): $1000 to produce a first annual art gala, featuring the photography and artwork of women residing at the local Women’s Shelter and/or housing of Welcome House of NKY. Creating the artwork will reduce stress, increase connection among women and children in the shelter, and provide an outlet for healthy discussions about complicated emotions, and the gala will raise awareness about the important work of the organization in the community.
  • Jeneen Sallaz (Frenchburg): $3000 to support a program in partnership with art and history teachers in Menifee County schools that gives students an opportunity to create multimedia art projects honoring the women who are impacting their lives, culminating in an exhibit of their work at the Menifee Mountain Memories Festival. The program will provide an expansion of art appreciation and expression in an area with limited access to arts activities. The works created will challenge stereotypes and encourage students and the community to think differently about the women in their lives.
  • Squallis Puppeteers (Louisville): $2000 to work collaboratively with Portland neighborhood residents and local activist organizations to create six new larger-than-life backpack puppets representing historic female activists, which will be used to enhance the visual spectacle of local resistance movements. Creating the puppets will offer opportunities for artists and activists to work and organize together in Squallis’ new satellite workshop location in Portland. The end product will enhance visibility and messaging strategies for local activists.
  • Steam Exchange (Louisville): $3800 to engage middle and high school young women in screen printing to create wearable art that challenges mainstream messages about female identity and body image, culminating in an opening reception and fashion show where neighborhood residents showcase their feminism inspired t-shirts. Participants will gain screen printing skills, engage in critical dialogue about identity and intersectionality, and promote positive images of women and girls in the community.
  • Teatro Tercera Llamada (Louisville): $3568 to produce its original play, Guiando a Molly (Molly Driven), about two outreach workers seeking homeless minors at risk of being victims of human trafficking.  The play will raise awareness about human trafficking in Louisville and beyond, and what can be done to prevent it.
  • Doris Thurber / Hands Healing HeArts (Frankfort): $7500 to work with Jennifer Zingg, Karen Hatter, and Joanna Hay to continue their arts-based addiction recovery program, “Hands Healing HeArts,” for women attending Franklin County’s Drug Court program. The multi-genre program promotes creation and self-exploration resulting in a visual arts installation, writing workshops, a collaborative dramatic performance, allowing the voices of women in recovery to lead themselves, and their community, toward empowerment and healing.
  • Honesty L. Truth (Louisville): $2000 to create a docu-series on her life as a queer-identified, brown-hued, gender-fluid human, capturing interviews with social justice activists and diverse women going about their daily lives in Kentucky. The docu-series will address themes of womanhood, equality, social acceptance, and social expectation while building authentic connections among participants.
  • University of Louisville’s PEACC Center (Louisville): $1000 to engage female University of Louisville students who have been impacted by power-based personal violence to share their stories as well as their hope for change.  Students will participate in a weekend writing retreat with lead artist Christy Burch and share their written stories with the larger campus community in a performance designed to raise awareness of the impact that abusive power has and the capacity we have to collectively change our culture.
  • Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington): $1875 to support The Girl Project, a program that empowers teenaged girls to challenge the misrepresentation of women and girls in contemporary American media culture by introducing participants to female artists who lead them in theatre, dance, spoken word, movement, music, sketch comedy, and visual art workshops, culminating in the collective creation of a theatrical performance. By engaging in the workshops, performances, and community outreach initiatives, participants will challenge unrealistic media images and gain the confidence they need to set long-term goals, develop positive relationships and social circles, and advocate for social change.
  • Whitney Withington (Big Hill): $1000 to engage with her community through an interactive feminist bookmaking booth, where children and adults will learn basic bookmaking techniques using feminist quotes and imagery, to be held during ten local farmers market events during the summer and fall. Participants will learn new skills to create booklets which will provide a safe space for writing thoughts, feelings, artwork, and stories.


Americana Community Center (Louisville): $2,875.00 to engage 20 refugee middle and high school girls in a creativity and self-expression workshop culminating in an exhibit to display their work and share their stories. The workshop will help participants find the vocabulary, tools, and courage to express themselves and their stories through art, and the exhibit will raise awareness about the refugee crisis and increase understanding of Muslim cultures and philosophies at a critical political moment.

Michelle Newby Armstrong and Debbie Eller (Lexington): $4,500.00 to engage women clients of the HOPE center in Lexington in artist-led workshops, culminating in the creation of individual feminist artworks, as well as a collective mural project. The workshops will encourage women in recovery to explore and build their artistic capabilities and create original artwork, and the collective mural will provide a visual representation of positive community and personal change.

ArtThrust (Louisville): $5,250.00 to develop a program that engages LGBTQIA youth in papermaking/ book arts and sculpture forms as a means of healing and creative expression. The activities will encourage participants to reflect on trauma while affirming and drawing on the parts of their experience that give them strength and agency, and the art created will raise awareness about the challenges LGBTQIA youth face in daily life.

Athena’s Sisters (Louisville): $4,000.00 to engage veteran women in a six-month fiber art program and to create an exhibit titled Fibers of Athena. Participating in the workshops will provide a safe space for military women to share their stories and build community through artmaking, and the exhibit will raise community awareness about the realities of military women’s lives.

Bobbi Buchanan (Louisville): $5,030.00 to collaborate with Color Your City to pilot the Community Arts Mentoring Program (CAMP) for young women in rural areas south of Louisville, culminating in an anthology and reading where participants can share their work. The CAMP program will introduce young women to diverse arts programming as a way to improve self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and foster tolerance, and the anthology and performance will provide participants with a creative outlet where they can share their stories and start a community conversation about substance abuse and other issues.

Bondurant Middle/ Western Hills High School Student Support Center (Frankfort) $1750.00 for Betty Lawson to engage at-risk female middle and high school students in journaling to explore topics including self-esteem, relationships, anger management, compassion, and gratitude, and to provide complementary activities such as speakers and community service field trips to help them reflect on their opportunities and set positive goals. The activities will provide a creative outlet for participants while giving them tools to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $4,840.00 for female writers in their 20s and 30s to engage female high school students in workshops exploring writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them, such as body image and self-esteem. The mentoring relationship will forge connections between women writers of different ages, and the workshops will encourage young women writers to discover their own voice with confidence and self-respect.

Holly Clark and Mari Mujica (Louisville): $1,700.00 to create wellness workshops focusing on facilitated creativity and mindfulness practices for women with infants under the age of three who have completed residential and/ or intensive outpatient substance abuse programs. The workshops will help participants build confidence in their own creative process, and will provide tools to help them find the strength to maintain their chosen life of sobriety.

Clear Creek Creative (Big Hill): $7500.00 to support the Clear Creek Festival, a community event in rural Rockcastle county incorporating performances from multiple performing genres, sustainability demonstrations, visual installations, healing opportunities, and art activities. The festival will build community, promote healing, deepen social consciousness, and inspire participants to live in harmony with nature and one another.

Vicki Dansberry (Crescent Springs): $1000.00 to engage women who live with substance abuse disorders in creative writing workshops as a means of self-exploration, self-expression, advocacy, and activism. Participants will learn new techniques for creative expression and self-care, and the project will change the way people think about women and substance abuse.

Diversity at the Table (Louisville): $1,000.00 for Talesha Wilson to produce the second anniversary celebration event, featuring music, poetry, spoken word, and photography from local artists, guest speakers addressing diverse social justice issues, and a creative writing/ poetry workshop for youth. The event will give feminist artists a platform to showcase their talents, and will create a safe and diverse space for artmaking, discussion of social justice topics, and community-building that crosses the campus/community divide.

Family Scholar House (Louisville): $4,500.00 to provide workshops that encourage student-mothers to tap into their own creativity to tell and be proud of their own stories of strength, loss, love, and hope. Participating in the activities will help build community among residents and provide a safe space for them to explore their feelings, address and reframe traumatic experiences, nurture their self-expression, and discern future directions.

The Girl Project (Lexington): $7,500.00 to support a program focused on challenging unrealistic media images of women and girls through dance, spoken word, movement, vocal music, and visual art workshops that culminate in the creation of a collective theatrical performance. Participants will gain the confidence they need to set long-term goals, develop positive relationships, and advocate for social change.

Girls Rock Louisville (Louisville): $7,500.00 to support a week-long music education program for girls and gender nonconforming youth that will include instrument technique, songwriting, professional recording, and a live performance opportunity. Participants will develop musicianship and leadership skills while participating in workshops focused on self-empowerment, social justice, community engagement, and creative and unrestricted self-expression.

Grayson Gallery and Art Center (Grayson): $3,452.00 for Mari Mujica to lead two wellness workshops through which women with little access to arts programming can explore their creative voice in a nurturing and supportive environment. The workshops will build confidence and community among participants, and will provide a space for women with heavy caretaking responsibilities to focus on themselves and their creative power.

Marilyn Holmes (Louisville): $2,912.00 to support a retreat, workshop, and group exhibition for women of color enrolled in the state’s post-secondary institutions, as well as a series of collaborative workshops and an exhibit organized by these artists to engage girls attending Frederick Law Olmsted South Middle School in Louisville. The activities will build community, provide a space for artistic development and collective affirmation among women of color who identify as or aspire to be artists, and provide professional exhibition opportunities for artists who are underrepresented throughout the state.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort): $7,500.00 to conduct a series of workshops to connect people of varying ages with the land and each other through shared artistic experiences and responsible land stewardship practices. Participants will gain greater respect for their own creativity and shared land, and will return to their communities with a deeper connection with the environment and each other.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $5,000.00 to support their 2016 conference and affiliated activities in order to educate, inspire, and build community among women writers and readers in Kentucky. The conference will address the gender disparity women writers face by providing opportunities for them to earn income through their writing, and the affiliated activities will provide networking opportunities, community engagement, and an increased exposure to and awareness of contemporary feminist authors and their work.

Knox Arts, Crafts, and Humanities Council, Inc. (Barbourville): $6,700.00 to collaborate with seven feminist artists to implement a 10-week arts program at Whitley and Knox County Detention Centers, culminating in the publication of a book and an exhibit of the inmates’ art at the public library. The program will provide a supportive environment in which artists and inmates can explore how creativity can reduce stress, enhance self- image, develop communication skills, and promote positive communication about feminist issues, and will ultimately strengthen community support for arts programming in detention centers

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $4000.00 to produce Louisville native Marsha Norman’s Getting Out, and to engage audience members in talkbacks focusing on the issues facing formerly incarcerated women. The performance and talkbacks will raise urgent questions that remain relevant, and inspire conversations across dividing lines of gender, race, and wealth disparity.

Owensboro Dance Theatre, Inc. (Owensboro): $1000.00 to provide arts education and the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of dance to community members, with special focus on women and underserved populations. The activities will develop and encourage a healthy lifestyle and improve the self-esteem and confidence for participants.

Laura Petrie (Paducah): $4,600.00 to produce a film festival that will showcase films produced by lesbian feminist artists, to include screenings, post-screening discussions, a short film challenge, and a panel discussion. The activities will encourage and inspire participants to find their own voices and create feminist art, while raising awareness about the challenges faced and contributions made by lesbian feminist artists working in film.

Patricia Ritter (Burkesville): $3,267.00 to engage women at a domestic abuse shelter in art workshops centered around food and artful living by creating mandala designs using fresh fruits and vegetables, painting their designs on reusable canvas bags, and making creative cookbooks. The activities will create an artistic space for women to have dialogue about healthy food, body issues, and self-esteem, and the artwork created will raise consciousness about food and body issues among participants and their families.

Rheonna Nicole (Louisville): $6,343.00 to produce the second annual Lipstick Wars, an all-female poetry slam competition, to take place at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The slam will engage diverse artists and provide a venue for expanding their writing and performance skills, and the event will build community while raising awareness about the complex issues women and girls face, such as discrimination, exploitation, sexism, and body shaming.

Megan Sauter (Frankfort): $3,907.00 to engage women at the Franklin County Women’s Shelter in workshops to create ceramic tiles, which will be assembled in a collaborative mural installation at the shelter. Creating the tiles will build community and develop stronger social relationships among participants, and the mural will enhance the environment at the shelter by reflecting the vision and creativity of residents.

Spirit of Sophia, Inc. (Louisville): $3,263.00 to create workshops integrating the tool of art journaling with vision boards to engage women who are undergoing major life transitions. The workshops will encourage women to trust their own intuition and chart their own course as they face challenging transitions, which will create positive change for the women participating, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Steam Exchange (Louisville): $7,408.00 to work with local artists and young people to engage residents of Smoketown and Shelby Park in dialogue about changes taking place in their communities, and to create a series of collaborative screen prints based on those conversations to be displayed in two large-scale installations. The creation of the prints will build community while teaching critical thinking and leadership skills to young participants, and the installations will shift perceptions and inspire dialogue about the changes taking place in these neighborhoods.

Wellspring (Louisville): $3900.00 to engage women with severe and persistent mental illness in creative writing workshops, culminating in a print anthology and a writers’ showcase where participants can read their work. The activities will provide a safe way for participants to share life experiences, express their fears and joys, learn communication skills, and move along the path to recovery via therapeutic use of the written word.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Americana Community Center (Louisville): $1500 to engage refugee and immigrant women living in Louisville in the creation fiber art that is related to their diverse cultural backgrounds. The activities will foster interactions between immigrant and refugee women and promote positive community integration, and the art created will provide a potential source of supplemental income for participants and their families.

ArtThrust (Louisville): $5000 to engage young LGBTQ women of color in arts workshops, culminating in an art exhibit titled “When the Rainbow isn’t Enuf,” which will pay homage to transgender girls/ women who have not found the support they needed in their families or communities. The workshops will provide a safe space for participants to creatively explore sexuality and identity issues, and the exhibit will foster dialogue in the community about the marginalization still faced by many LGBTQ youth.

Anna Jean Barnard (Frankfort): $2000 to conduct oral history interviews with women artists in Kentucky, focusing on how they see their work in relation to feminism and social change, and to create a multimedia project including recordings, digital stories, and photos that can be shared via social media platforms and cultural websites. The interviews will give voice to feminist artists in Kentucky, and the multimedia project will foster dialogue about the power of public art to promote positive social change.

Bondurant Middle/ Western Hills High School Student Support Center (Frankfort): $1000 to engage female high school students who are experiencing personal challenges in an in-school journaling program addressing topics such as self-esteem, healthy relationships, safe sex, anger management, gratitude, and compassion for others. Journaling will help the girls empower themselves, transform their lives and share their experiences with other young women.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $3820 to support the Young Women Writers Project, which pairs high school girls/ women with female writing mentors through a series of workshops where they examine body image, self-esteem, and other issues of concern to them through writing. The workshops will encourage young women to find their own voice with confidence and self-respect, and will build connections among women from different age groups.

Central Region Migrant Center (Glasgow): $2730 to engage migrant women in the Barren County area in visual art classes, and provide an opportunity for them to exhibit their art. The classes will enable participants to share their life narratives through visual art, and the public presentation of the art will create a space for dialogue about immigrants and Latina culture.

Eleanor M. Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington): $6000 to engage teenaged girls in a series of dance, spoken word, movement, music, and visual art workshops, culminating in the creation of a theatrical performance. The workshops will empower participants to challenge unrealistic media images and to find their individual and collective voices, and the final performance will raise awareness about the social pressures young women face and the power of art to challenge cultural norms.

Clear Creek Festival (Big Hill): $3200 to support its annual community festival in rural Rockcastle County, which offers a variety of musical and other artistic performances, along with educational workshops, sustainability demonstrations, healing opportunities, and art activities for adults and young people. The festival will create a diverse cultural and educational space for participants to enjoy art, build community, deepen public consciousness, and advocate for a more just and sustainable world.

Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve (Prospect): $6650 to engage girls from low-income families in the creation of a large-scale mural, with guidance from women artists and science experts. Creating the mural will help the girls build new skills, improve their self-esteem, and learn about science fields in which girls are underrepresented. The completed mural will also and advance social change by demonstrating the educational value of art.

Cynthia Cooke (Louisville): $2000 to work towards the creation of a documentary about Eliza Curtis Hundley Tevis, a strong African American feminist from Kentucky, and her contributions to social justice struggles throughout the 1800s. The project will engage community members in writing stories and creating illustrations and storyboards for the project, while inspiring students and the public generally to learn more about their collective history.

Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (Louisville): $3000 to continue work on the Art As Memory project, which empowers individuals with disabilities to tell their stories through the creation of art. The project will help participants and mentoring artists develop their creative capacity while raising the public’s awareness about the lives, struggles and strengths of individuals with disabilities, with an emphasis on the stories of women and girls.

Katy Delahanty and Julie Leidner (Louisville): $2000 to conduct oral history interviews with 14 feminist social activists in Kentucky and to create audio recordings for publication in a publicly accessible online archive. The interviews will enable feminist activists to reflect on their social justice work, and the archive will highlight that work and share it with the community at large.

Family Scholar House (Louisville): $3500 to engage low-income, single-parent college students in a series of artmaking workshops, culminating in an art show that will demonstrate the transformative power of art. The workshops and exhibit will allow participants to reflect on their lives, set goals for continued growth, and share their stories through artmaking. The exhibit will provide a space for staff, family members, and other supporters to celebrate the participants’ artistic accomplishments and personal growth.

RaeShanda Johnson (Louisville): $3000 to engage girls and women ages eleven and up in empowerment workshops using a variety of artistic mediums to build confidence and create change in themselves and others. The workshops will promote healing and self-esteem and encourage women to embrace who they are without apology, ultimately creating a ripple effect that will impact their households and communities.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort): $4750 for Melanie Van Houten to collaborate with three other women artists to create workshops that strengthen connections between people and the land through shared artistic experiences and responsible stewardship practices. Participants will deepen their connections to the environment and one another while gaining greater respect for their own creativity and artmaking capabilities.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $4000 to support artists presenting at this year’s conference, whose work engages feminist and social justice themes. The conference educates, inspires and builds community among women readers and writers in Kentucky and raises awareness about contemporary feminist writers and their work.

Christine Kuhn (Lexington): $1500 to engage diverse women in workshops about health and body image, culminating in a public art exhibit for which participants will create life-size silhouettes of themselves and display them in symbolic public spaces throughout Lexington. The workshops will establish trust among participants and spark dialogue about gender, self-care, and body image, and the silhouettes will provide a positive public display of diverse women celebrating their bodies and challenging unhealthy cultural norms.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $1500 to produce Basil Kreimendahl’s play Sidewinders, which creatively explores transgender issues through the lens of an absurdist Western. The performance will challenge gender norms, highlight the perspectives of marginalized voices within the community, and help LFL artists and audience members expand their understanding of gender identity and feminism.

Rose Lowery (Paducah): $2500 to engage students in African dance and drumming and other arts activities through the NIA , Hero Dance Ministry and the W.C. Young School for the Performing Arts. The classes encourage positive body image and self-esteem, educate young people about African American history, and provide an environment that encourages young people to strive to be leaders in their communities.

Kri Martin (Louisville): $1000 to engage feminist social change agents in Louisville in a series of retreats where they can slow down, find their voices, and share their stories, culminating in a collective spoken word performance piece called “Transformation of a Woman.” Participating in the retreats will empower the women to connect to their creativity and practice self-care so that they can be more effective leaders in the community, and the performance piece will provide an opportunity for their voices and stories to be shared.

Amanda Matthews (Lexington): $1500 to create a life-sized bronze portrait of Nettie Depp, a pioneering political leader and educator from Barren County, Kentucky, which will be on permanent display in the Kentucky State Capitol as part of the KY Women Remembered Project. The sculpture will highlight Nettie Depp’s accomplishments, inspire female participation in the political process, and become a permanent statewide symbol for gender equality.

Carrie Neumayer (Louisville): $4800 to support the Louisville OutSkirts Festival, a volunteer-run weekend of musical performances, workshops, and community-building activities. The performances will highlight music made by women in the local and regional independent music scene, and the workshops and other activities will provide young girls with opportunities to work with female mentors and learn new skills in a supportive, girl-positive environment.

Kim Nicholson-Messmer (Bryantsville): $5011 to engage young girls in Garrard and Boyle counties in a series of artmaking and other activities through which they will learn about healthy food choices and hunger in their communities, culminating in the creation and public exhibit if an art quilt titled “Piecing Together Hunger.” The activities will provide an opportunity for young people to learn about food issues in a hands-on way, and to express and share what they are learning through artmaking and community engagement at a public art event.

Tara Remington (Louisville): $4700 to engage immigrant women in workshops culminating in the creation of an environmentally friendly installation at the Little Loom House, a historic Louisville landmark, using natural materials and a sustainable, indigenous art form. Participants will learn new forms of cultural expression through art while writing their personal stories about their experiences as women refugees, and the finished installation will incorporate those stories into an aesthetic sustainable living archway at this historic site.

Mirra Shapiro (Disputanta): $1000 to engage women artists in Berea in a series of workshops, resulting in the publication of a mixed media feminist zine called R.O.U.T.E. The workshops will allow participants to channel their creativity and explore different forms of creative expression, and the zine will give voice to issues of importance to women and girls in Kentucky.

Side By Side Studio, Inc. (Louisville): $3000 to provide a series of workshops that will provide a space for young women and girls to strengthen their bonds and share their personal stories through art. The workshops will build self-confidence and strengthen mother-daughter bonds through a variety of creative experiences, and will encourage participants to share what they have learned with their communities.

Judy Sizemore (Annville): $5250 to support a weekly arts program at the Whitley County Women’s Detention Center which incorporates poetry, journaling, mixed media, and basketry, culminating in the publication of a book and exhibit of inmate art at the public library. The program will provide a supportive environment in which inmates can reduce stress, enhance self-image, and promote positive expression about feminist issues through artmaking.

Southern Girls’ Convention (Louisville): $1000 to support a three-day event which will include speakers, small workshops, female fronted concerts, and networking opportunities engaging the next generation of young women in a dialogue about a range of feminist topics. The activities will raise awareness about feminism and the importance of intersectionality, foster dialogue between different groups of feminists in the community, and encourage young southern women in particular to be participants in the movement.

Spirit of Sophia, Inc. (Louisville): $1000 to create a series of one-day retreats for women of all ages to explore and express their authentic selves through literary and visual arts. The retreats will provide a sacred space for women to find their own voice, share their stories, and explore ways they can become agents of positive social change in their families and communities.

Steam Exchange (Louisville): $6659 to hold a series of interview, design, and mural painting workshops with youth and elder women in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood, and to transform the graffiti tagged exterior of a former liquor store into a community mural for a new community arts center. Participating in the workshops will help Smoketown residents process and respond to dramatic changes taking place in the neighborhood, and the mural will provide an opportunity for the voices of multiple generations of women in the neighborhood to be preserved and shared in a work of public art.

Riverbend Academy (Henderson): $3930 to support a Life Stories/ Life Lessons illustrated writing project led by teaching artist Julie Struck, in which women in assisted living facilities collaborate with high school girls in Henderson after school programs. The project will encourage multi-generational interaction and artistic expression, enabling participants to find commonalities and share life stories, and the volunteer experience will encourage students to become more engaged with other women in their families and communities.

Teatro Tercera Llamada: Las Pantomimas (Louisville): $4000 to engage women in Louisville and surrounding communities in pantomime workshops to creatively explore issues such as immigration, unfair labor practices, discrimination, and violence, culminating in a public performance. The workshops will empower women to find their voice and learn the art of pantomime, and the performance will raise awareness about the challenges women face in Kentucky and around the world.

Paige Waggoner (Louisville): $1000 to interview and photograph midwives working in Kentucky, culminating in a multimedia art exhibit and social media campaign. The interview process will give voice to these powerful women and capture their stories through words and images, and the exhibit will raise awareness and appreciation for their important work throughout the state.

Art Meets Activism 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.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


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.

Appalshop, Inc.
(Whitesburg):  $5,500.00 for two women producers at a community radio station, to create a radio series, audio collage and live radio talk show, focusing on Kentucky women affected by the criminal justice system. The activities will facilitate dialogue about incarceration from a feminist perspective and enhance public understanding of women’s role in the movement against mass incarceration.

Balagula Theatre Company (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to encourage the production of a play by the winner of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Playwrights Competition. The production will provide an opportunity for local women artists to direct, stage manage and act in a new play, and will raise awareness about gender discrimination affecting women playwrights.

Beaded Treasures Project (Prospect):  $7,500.00 to provide materials and microloans to refugee women to create and sell handcrafted beaded jewelry, blending Kentucky crafting with crafts from their home communities. The women will gain financial independence, self-esteem and self worth, and the community will learn more about the challenges refugee women face.

Ashley Bell (Campbellsville):  $1,000.00  to encourage her to photograph fifteen  individuals or groups of diverse women and display the portraits in her community. The photographs will capture the distinctive qualities of  the women, and exhibiting the photographs will inspire dialogue about awareness and acceptance of differences.

Bondurant Middle/ Western Hills High School Student Support Center
(Frankfort):  $1,500.00 to encourage female students who are experiencing challenges at these two schools to change the direction of their lives by setting goals and journaling.  Journaling will help the girls empower themselves, transform their lives and share their experiences with other young women.

Carrie Brunk
(Big Hill):  $5,000.00 for the Clear Creek Festival, an annual community event, including music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word and film, along with workshops and activist engagement. During the festival, feminist activists and community members 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.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
(Lexington):  $3,500.00 for the Young Women Writers Project engaging high schoolers in exploring writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them, including body image and self-esteem. Female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor the high schoolers who will in turn serve as writing mentors for 4th and 5th grade girls. The program encourages young women to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Center for Women and Families (Louisville):  $4,250.00 for artist Christy Burch to engage staff and community members in creative writing and storytelling for “Herstory,” celebrating the center’s 100 years of advocacy for women.. With permission, the stories will be developed into a community theatre production to inspire others to become part of the movement to end violence against women.

Centro Latino and EDUCA, Educational and Cultural Advancement for Latinos, Inc (Owensboro):  $5,500.00 for “Bilingual Latina Women’s Creative Voices Project,” “Crónicas,” which focuses on writing about life experiences, such as immigration, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, parenting hardships, and the process of women changing their lives. The women will discover their own talents, independence and courage, and use their voices to promote change in their community.

Cynthia Chang (Richmond):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to photograph and create a documentary series about women ages 18-25 pursuing an education to exceed traditional expectations in a patriarchal society. The photographs will bring awareness to young girls and encourage them to build goals, exercise their rights as women and follow aspirations beyond the kitchen.

Ellie Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington):  $5,500.00 to support “The Girl Project,” in which young women in Kentucky will work with national teaching artists to learn about how negative portrayals of females in the media shape body image and self worth. Participants will create an original theatrical piece examining how these negative portrayals affect young women. They will also discover truths about themselves, gain understanding of feminism and activism, and advance to their highest potential.

Family Scholar House (Louisville):  $1,050.00 to provide opportunities for women who are single parents and students to participate in art therapy groups and individual sessions to increase their self-expression and personal development. The participants will gain self-confidence, decrease stress, develop personal goals, become role models for their children and discern their future direction.

Erin Fitzgerald (Louisville):  $1,500.00 to work with a theate artist and incorporate visual art, writing, music and drama into the Resilient Families Project, a partnership between the University of Louisville and Wayside Christain Mission, to strengthen families experiencing homelessness. The art activities will encourage women and girls to recognize their strengths and increase understanding and respect among family members.

Marian Foster (Louisville):  $1,500.00 to develop a workshop for mothers and children with developmental disabilities to write, share and publish a poetry book. Participants will develop their creativity and hone their voices, and the book will be a resource for teachers who want to use these affirming techniques in their classrooms.

Madelyn Gates (Frankfort):  $1,500.00 to support “Arts Immersion for Seniors,” engaging elders in literary, performance and visual arts workshops to tell their own stories. The workshops will help participants understand the meaning and importance of art in their lives, develop their artistic abilities and identities, and foster a greater sense of self-worth through creatively telling their stories.

Joanna Thornewill Hay and Judy Sizemore (Frankfort and Annville):  $5,000.00 to document the contributions of women to public art in Kentucky through oral history interviews with a focus on feminism and social change. The interviews and accompanying photographs will be incorporated into cultural websites and tourism apps to increase knowledge about Kentucky women in public art, redefine the role of feminist public art and promote awareness of the issues that feminist art addresses.

Kentucky Center ArtsReach Program
(Louisville):  $6,100.00 for workshops for girls to create visual art and a dance piece honoring influential women in the civil rights and gender equity movements. The piece will be presented at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community arts celebration. Participants will learn about women who have stood up for what they believed, develop confidence and hone their creative skills to become empowered artists and give back to the community.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference
(Lexington):  $3,500. for artist fees for the 35th annual conference, including workshops, readings, discussions, seminars, writing contests and a spoken-word competition. The conference offers inspiration, advice, community and mentoring to Kentucky women. Presenters discuss feminist issues, demonstrate community engagement and show how art can influence social change.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Inc. (Frankfort):  $6,195.00 for creative writing workshops and readings with incarcerated women about how violence or the threat of violence has affected their decisions, hopes, health and lives. Incarcerated women will be able to share their experiences with the community. The readings, which will be photographed, will help community members become aware of violence against women, as well as human rights violations in prisons, so that the public can become capable and responsible for making change.

Christine Kuhn
(Lexington):  $4,645.00 to collaborate with LGBT teens and community members to create pavement murals promoting positive mental states along Lexington’s Legacy Trail corridor. The collaboration and completed work will help participating teens, community members and walkers on the trail become open to new experiences, ideas and people, thereby creating social change.

Kate Larken
(Willisburg):  $5,630.00 for “Grassroots Women Publish,” to create a literary journal that highlights the words, images, and concerns of rural women. Showcasing the writing and visual art of rural women will bring a more equitable gender balance in the media.

Lexington Children’s Theatre’s Shooting Stars Youtheatre and Octavia Biggs-Fleck
(Lexington and Clearfield):  $2,525.00 to support two artist residencies with at-risk teenage girls at the Morehead Youth Development Center, which treats drug-related mental and physical abuse. Engaging in writing, photography and performing arts will help the young women develop self-awareness, leadership abilities and problem solving skills, reduce their incidence of drug use and cultivate thoughtful, creative youth who will make positive contributions to their communities.

Looking for Lilith
(Louisville):  $3,250.00 for three company members to travel to Guatemala and engage women in workshops dealing with domestic violence in their communities. The company members will share the workshop scenes with Latina women and girls at La Casita Center in Louisville. Their work will create new understanding and possible solutions for domestic violence in these two communities.

Marcy Mitchell (Wellington):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to engage young women in the 4-H Photography Club to join her in creating a book of photographs of children with special needs being raised by single mothers. The book will show the individuality of the children and the strength and independence of the mothers, and will raise awareness about children with special needs.

Carrie Neumayer
(Louisville):  $1,225.00 to work with Beargrass Media Club on the “Angry Girls Project,” which will engage women and girls to create a multi-media toolkit promoting creative expression as an effective way to address anger and frustration. The work will address misconceptions and stereotypes, encourage creativity and lead to increased confidence for women and girls in the community.

Danielle Pousette (Nicholasville):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to create a photographic essay and recorded interviews reflecting the lives of female cadets in three Kentucky ROTC programs. The photographs will show the strength of each female cadet, and contribute to the social dialogue about women in the military.

Dotti Russell (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to train home-schooled teenage girls to gather oral histories and and create audio-video DVDs with octogenarians. The activities will give two generations an opportunity for creative self- expression, enable young women to develop their artistic skills, and advance social change by promoting positive connection amongst generations.

Amber Sigman (Louisville):  $3,500.00 to lead photography workshops for teenage female survivors of abuse, neglect and abandonment at Home of the Innocents. The photography will help the girls learn artistic and social skills, leadership, teamwork, and patience, and raise awareness in the community about the issue of child abuse.

South Park Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) (Louisville):  $6,305.00 for teen mothers in this public high school to work with artists, gather stories from women elders, and create a collaborative quilt and theatrical production. The students will experience living history and increase their self- confidence. The quilt and theatre production will travel throughout the state, helping to dispel myths about teenage parenting by showing young women with strong voices.

Vera Thomas (Lexington):  $1,500.00 to encourage her to provide poetry writing and performance sessions for girls and women at schools and organizations in Lexington. Participants will examine their lives through art, improve the quality of their lives by changing how they view themselves and build self-esteem by creating art that reflects their goals and dreams.

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington):  $2,050.00 to support a lecture and artist book making workshops during “Hand, Voice and Vision,” a national exhibition at UK libraries in 2014 from the Women’s Studio Workshop. The workshops and lecture will increase awareness about women’s issues and social change over the last thirty years. During the workshops, local women artists will create books expressing their social change views.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Tonya Adkins and Sharon Wolfe Tepsick (Olive Hill and Ezel):  $1,000.00 to support the Artisan Women’s Retreat series, including heritage arts and crafts workshops focusing on the contributions of women in traditional music. These activities will stimulate creative expression and community building, appreciation of the contributions of Appalachian women, and participants’ potential as agents for social change.

Americana Community Center (Louisville):  $4,000.00 for fiber artist Suzanne Steiger to lead a program enabling immigrant and refugee women to learn and practice various fiber arts in a supportive environment. Through the program, the women will creatively express their cultural heritage, expand their personal identity, build social support networks and develop their leadership and literacy skills, while raising community awareness about refugee and immigrant issues.

Kiah Arnold (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to create a documentary highlighting the achievements of teen and single mothers who are struggling to overcome poverty. The film will highlight their successes and challenge negative stereotypes to help these mothers be treated as equal members of society.

Beaded Treasures Project (Prospect):  $4,500.00 to provide materials and microloans to refugee women to create and sell unique, handcrafted beaded jewelry. The project helps the women overcome economic, social and linguistic barriers to success, and increases awareness of the challenges refugee women face.

Jessica Bellamy (Louisville):  $2,860.00 to create a multimedia interactive program using music and oral histories inside a jukebox to highlight the influence of black women in Louisville’s blues and jazz culture. The jukebox will travel to various locations and increase cultural competency, appreciation of the contrubutions of black artists, and promote intercultural communication.

Bondurant/ Western Hills Student Support Center (Frankfort):  $1,100.00 for Betty Lawson to work with ten female students from Bondurant Middle School and ten female students from Western Hills High School to change the direction of their lives by setting goals and journaling. The writing program will help the girls empower themselves, transform their lives and share their experiences with other young women.

Joan Brannon (Lexington): $1500 to offer drum circles and performance opportunities to survivors of domestic violence and staff of domestic violence shelters. The drum circles will provide an opportunity for creative expression and accomplishment, increase participants’ self-esteem and sense of personal power and lead to individual and group transformation.

Carrie Brunk (Big Hill):  $3,600.00 to support the 2012 Clear Creek Festival, featuring diverse music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, readings, visual art installation and films along with educational and activist workshops. The local feminist activists and male allies leaders encourage people to become active during and beyond the festival in creating and enacting feminist change.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington):  $4,000.00 for the Young Women Writers Project for high school women to explore writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern, including body image and self-esteem. Female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor the students and encourage them to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Center for Women and Families (Louisville):  $5,000.00 for Christy Burch to engage staff in expressive writing and storytelling, giving voice to their personal experiences of working with women and children who have been traumatized by power-based violence. This is the first phase of “Herstory,” a project to capture, celebrate and preserve 100 years of advocacy work and develop the stories into a theatre production for the community.

Chrysalis House (Lexington):  $1,000.00 for women at Chrysalis House to explore their experience of the intersection of violence against women and substance abuse through photography. The women’s photogaphy will tell their stories to heal, raise awareness about the effects of violence against women and substance abuse, and inspire women currently experiencing violence and substance abuse to seek help.

Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (Louisville):  $2,000.00 for the Weber Gallery, a social change art gallery, to create a two-month visual art exhibition called “Women Work,” featuring diverse women artists, with and without disabilities. The exhibition and accompanying workshop for girls will explore multiple ways to define women and work, and will present an inclusive feminist statement on the inherent value of every woman’s contribution.

Lauralee Crain, Lindsey Jagoe and Austyn Gaffney (Lexington):  $5,065.00 to incorporate photography and poetry into the Full Circles Foundation “Strong Camps” program. The summer day camps will provide a creative outlet for middle school girls to develop their self-confidence as female artists, pride in their community, and take charge of their lives socially, politically and economically.

Freda Fairchild and Teri Moore (Paducah):  $2,000.00 to work with girls from the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club to create masks and costumes for a skit they will develop and perform. These activities will explore how participants develop ideas and beliefs about themselves, their sense of self-worth, and point out the importance of passing on good information to girls around them.

Family Scholar House (Louisville):  $2,000.00 for artists Judy Riendeau and Mara Ezerins to work with single-parent college students to help them express their personal stories and interact with each other in new ways through a variety of visual art forms. The artmaking will help participants bolster their hopes and dreams, achieve their goals and build a better future for themselves and their children.

Freedom in Creation Bowling Green, KY Chapter (Bowling Green):  $2,500.00  for Mia Jaye Jackson and Stephani Stacy to lead a series of visual art workshops for youth at the Boys and Girls Club to promote engagement with the arts, learning about the struggles of women and girls in Uganda, including former child-soldiers. The workshops will increase the self-esteem of participants, make them aware of global issues, and show them how to make a difference in their global community, while their community exhibits will raise awareness about feminist issues in Uganda as well as bring attention to young artists in the community.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort):  $4,000.00 for four women artists to lead groups of girls and boys in creating a piece of artwork outdoors with natural materials that explores ideas of eco-feminism. Youth will develop their creative identities, the artists will gain teaching and collaborative experience, and JSP will develop as an eco-feminist arts organization.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Inc. (Frankfort):  $5,325.00 to support the Swallowtail Project, with incarcerated women throughout the state writing about how violence or the threat of violence has affected their decisions, hopes, health and lives. The program offers the women a creative outlet, new ways to cope after their release, and the opportunity to share their experience with the community.

Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (Frankfort):  $1,440.00 to continue and expand their “Staging Voices” program, in which high school girls and boys will learn from previously unheard Kentucky women by conducting oral histories for use in a theatre production. The program will teach teens about women’s history and feminism, and work to create a new generation of feminist women and men who can speak out about gender discrimination.

Kentucky Repertory Theatre (Horse Cave):  $4,500.00 for feminist playwright Arlene Hutton to offer a series of discussion and writers’ groups in which participants record their memories of how gender roles have evolved since World War II in conjunction with the Theatre’s production of her “Nibroc” series. The production and workshops will help participants and audiences gain awareness of feminist issues throughout the state.

Kentucky River Keeper (Richmond, McKee):  $5,100.00 for Pat Banks and Judy Sizemore to lead a “Shaped by Water” retreat in which women artists working in diverse media will increase their understanding of environmental issues affecting Kentucky waterways, collaborate artistically and develop environmental advocacy projects. The retreat will explore the relationship between feminism and environmentalism, and develop a shared vision for feminist environmentalism in Kentucky.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington):  $4,000.00 to support artist fees for the 34th annual conference, including workshops, readings, discussions, publishing seminars, contests and a spoken-word competition. The conference includes a high proportion of presenters who engage feminist issues, and demonstrates the possibilities for community engagement and how art can influence social change.

Looking for Lilith (Louisville):  $3,460.00 to create and perform two new original works: “Becoming Mothers,” a play based on oral histories about motherhood, and “Ten Years, Seven Stories,” a play that takes excerpts from the original plays they have created in the past decade. Both plays will be part of their 10th Anniversary Celebration and expanding LFL’s mission of re-examining and sharing women’s experiences through original theatre.

Louisville Girls Leadership (Prospect):  $3,075.00 for a group of high school girls to produce a 30-minute podcast about the impact the Louisville Girls Leadership organization has had on girls, and the impact these girls have had on the community. The podcast will provide participants experience in web technology, and will inspire more girls who are interested in feminist thought and action.

Heather Marshall and Sharon LaRue (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to host an arts-based healing retreat for survivors of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence. The art activities will provide participants with tools to release hidden feelings and emotions in a safe environment, and the program will bring awareness to the issue of violence against women.

Murray State University, Dept. of Music (Murray):  $4,500.00 to support the 2013 Athena Festival, “Breaking Barriers– Finding Her Own Voice” through a call for compositions by women composers, workshops for pre-college and college age students with a selected woman composer, scholars sharing current research, and community performances of new work by women. The festival, which promotes music composed by women, will inspire young women to find their own voices and to pursue their musical aspirations.

Susan Pope (Danville):  $1,500.00 to provide theatre residencies at Maryhurst, a residential treatment facility for girls, and Choices, Inc, a transitional housing facility, during which participants will use Image-Theatre activities. The activities will encourage bonding among participants, personal reflection on domestic violence, and understanding of the power of art to make one’s story heard.

Tara Remington (Louisville):  $3,000.00 to provide “Mindful Creativity” workshops to women, including a variety of art and creative expression techniques to help participants discover their authentic selves. The workshops will encourage self-awareness and community involvement.

Nicole Sartini (Louisville):  $4,275.00 to create and distribute a book for children who are entering residential treatment in a group home for the first time. The book will help ease the transition by giving the children an idea of what to expect, process their own stories, introduce coping skills, foster bonds between the children and their new caregivers and encourage the children to break the cycle of violence.

Amber Sigman (Louisville):  $4,000.00 to teach “Live, Learn, Love” photography workshops increasing self-esteem and confidence for teenage female survivors of abuse, neglect and abandonment residing at Home of the Innocents. The photography project will help the girls learn leadership and social skills, teamwork, patience, and appreciation for the arts, as well as raise awareness in the community about the issue of child abuse.

Lisa Simon and Skylar Smith (Louisville):  $5,100.00 to support the creation and group exhibition of “With Child,” new work by seven artists who will examine their pre- and post-child artistic identity. The exhibition will include hands-on art activities, a catalog and an online discussion community to open a dialog about parenthood, gender roles as a parent and artist, sacrifice, compromise and creativity, while providing specific models for incorporating creativity into a busy life.

Woodford County High School Creative Writing Club (Versailles):  $2,600.00 for Laura Benton to lead students to create a print and online literary magazine with the theme, “Feminist Vision and Social Change,” that highlights young women writers. The female students will engage in writing sessions, and discuss social change and opportunities for women writers in the region.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Americana Community Center (Louisville):  $5,625 to support the creation of fiber artworks by immigrant and refugee women. The Americana Fiberworks program provides opportunities for creative self-expression, helps participants develop literacy skills and confidence and raises awareness about refugees and immigrants in the Metro Louisville area.

Balagula Theatre Company (Lexington):  $5,350 to produce a play by the winner of the first annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference Playwriting Prize. By highlighting a woman playwright and female cast, the performance will demonstrate women’s dramatic creativity and address the documented gap in opportunities for women playwrights.

Bondurant Middle School (Frankfort):  $1,500 for Betty Lawson to lead after school journaling and empowerment skills workshops for girls. The writing, journaling and group activities will encourage creative self expression and help in the establishment and completion of personal goals.

Carrie Brunk (Big Hill):  $5,350 to support the Clear Creek Festival, which includes community-based music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, readings and films along with educational workshops. The Festival will create a diverse cultural and educational space in which community members can learn together, challenge injustice, and work for social change.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington):  $2,530 for the Young Women Writers Project, in which five female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor groups of high school aged women to explore writing and literary performance techniques and examine issues of concern to them, including body image and self esteem. The project will forge connections between women writers of several age groups, and encourage young writers to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Family Scholar House and Chenoweth S. Allen (Louisville):  $3,075 for a program in which student-mothers participate in weekly expressive art activities. The program will help the participants reframe traumatic experiences, nurture the development of their individual self-expression, and discern new directions for their lives.

Kate Hadfield (Lexington):  $1,000 to encourage a group of dancers to produce a full-length concert juxtaposing the 1920s with contemporary times, exploring issues surrounding women’s rights then and now. Plans include a dance workshop for women and girls promoting healthy awareness, acceptance of one’s body, and risk-taking for social change.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort):  $3,477 to support four women sculptors to lead workshops for youth. Through this new “Kids Make Sculpture” program, the youth will explore ideas related to eco-feminism, gain respect for women artists as leaders, and develop their own creativity and artmaking.

Kentucky Center ArtsReach Program (Louisville): $5,400 to work with Gwen Kelly to explore visual art techniques, create jewelry, and develop relationships among an intergenerational group of women and girls from various educational, ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds in Louisville. Creating art together will foster a sense of community, respect, cooperation, collective power to accomplish creative aspirations, and encourage giving back to the community among members of the group.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Inc. (Frankfort): $5,325 to collaborate with Bianca Spriggs to lead a 12-month program for incarcerated women to write about how violence has impacted their lives, learn to think critically, and express their emotions and truths. The writing sessions will be photographed and exhibited with selected literary works at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

Kentucky Environmental Foundation and Betsy Wilson (Berea):  $4,200 to collaborate with Elizabeth Wilson to photograph Kentucky women affected by harmful chemicals in everyday environments. The photographs and accompanying stories in this “Images of Women’s Environmental Health” project will raise awareness about toxic chemicals and demonstrate the need for policies that reduce women’s exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (Frankfort):  $4,500 to lead workshops and create a theatre production based on oral history interviews by high school girls with Kentucky women who experienced gender discrimination. This “Staging Voices” project will inspire a new generation of women to discover their voices and promote change by personalizing through artistic performances the stories of discrimination.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (Louisville):  $4,500 to collaborate with Pat Sturtzel and South Park High School’s Teenage Parent Program to provide a 12-week fiber arts education program for teenage mothers. Fiber artmaking will be integrated into the curriculum, and students will learn how to express ideas of personal significance and develop positive life skills through teamwork by creating a collaborative quilt.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington):  $3,250 to support artist fees for ten feminist presenters for the 33rd annual conference. The conference fosters the literary growth and community engagement of women and girls in Kentucky through writing workshops, readings, discussions, publishing seminars, contests and a spoken word competition.

Kids Grow Kentucky, Inc. (Frankfort):  $5,325 for a series of literary and visual arts workshops to introduce women to the arts and the natural world. The goals of the program are to help women break down their fears of wilderness activities, and increase participation in and protection of the outdoors.

Christine Kuhn (Lexington):  $2,473 to collaborate with Normandi Ellis on a series of visual art and creative writing workshops at the Art Villge in Versailles, facilitatating conversations between elders and at-risk high school women and culminating in a staged reading and community exhibition. The workshops will help elder and young participants gain self-confidence through self-expression and develop new ideas for what is possible in their lives.

Regina Lang (Louisville):  $1,000 to encourage her to facilitate an art-centered dialogue workshop called “Mothers Speak” for women in the Shawnee community who have lost daughters or sons to gun violence. The workshops will provide a positive mode of expression for women to channel their grief, and raise awareness about gun violence.

Louisville Visual Art Association (Louisville):  $2,500 to support a collaboration with the ACLU-KY and female former felons in long-term recovery at the Healing Place to create original works of art to communicate their experiences. The program will provide the women with a means of self-expression, help reunite them with their children and families, and create awareness about the prohibition of voting rights for former felons.

Patricia McCullough (Goshen):  $1,000 to encourage her to establish a series of free art retreats for diverse young women ages 10-13 to learn from local and regional artists. The workshops will inspire greater self-esteem and the development of strong and compassionate voices for social justice in their families, schools and neighborhoods.

Marie Mitchell (Richmond):  $1,000 to encourage her to develop a mentoring and writing program for girls at Clark Moores Middle School to express the issues they face and explore how various art forms impact the way they think, act and grow. The girls’ writings will be published in an anthology, and the program will help them develop self-confidence, leadership skills and a sense of community.

Muhlenberg County High School West (Greenville):  $3,700 for Kim Spear to provide an after school digital arts technology program to young women ages 16-18. The students will create digital art, including photography and film, with a feminist perspective to inspire, encourage, motivate and educate other women in the area.

Mari Mujica (Louisville):  $4,200 to support her collaboration with La Casita Center to complete 24 photo-ethnographies of Latina immigrant women and start a series of media artmaking workshops for women to discuss and make art about their dreams, barriers and experiences. The project will raise awareness  and open a community space for dialogue and reflection about how immigrant women are treated, welcomed, and perceived.

Toya Northington (Louisville):  $4,500 to support a public art installation focusing on various interpretations of domestic life and gender roles in society and conduct a workshop with young women living in a nearby housing project to teach them techniques for creating art with eco-friendly materials so that they can participate in the installation project. The workshop will help the girls learn about feminist ideas and offer them a greater sense of self-confidence in their leadership abilities.

Playhouse in the Park (Murray):  $1,300 to support this community theatre’s presentation of “Crowns,” a play using hats to explore the stories and music of black southern women. The play will engage a diverse community, educate audiences about social change, and offer opportunities to explore and embrace black history and identity.

Melynda Price (Lexington):  $3,000 to support a writers’ workshop for women of color to develop their skills and motivation to write their own narratives. The workshop will help the women express truth about their lives, make writing a daily practice, and enhance their role as agents of change in their own lives, families and communities.

Refuge Ridge Learning Center (Emlyn):  $1,000 to encourage the development of a series of workshops for women in Whitley, Laurel and Bell counties to use photo-journaling to document their experiences and challenges in creative ways. Making art in the workshops will help participants form connections by sharing their stories.

Amber Sigman (Louisville):  $1,000 to encourage her to teach a series of photography classes to female teenage survivors of abuse. The classes will improve the women’s self-esteem and build their confidence through photography, while raising awareness in the community about the problem of teenage abuse in our society.

Judy Sizemore (McKee):  $5,070 to support an integrated, multi-disciplinary arts program for female inmates in the Whitley County Detention Center.  The program, “From the Inside Out,” will help participants build their self-esteem and validate them as multi-dimensional women.

Niah Soult (Lexington):  $1,000 to encourage her to develop a project partnering survivors of domestic violence with female artists to create a collaborative relief-sculpture. Through the project, the women will experience themselves as creators, contributors and educators and challenge misconceptions about women’s participation in this artistic medium.

Tucky Williams (Lexington):  $4,200 to continue producing episodes of a lesbian dramatic web series called “Girl/Girl Scene.” The series provides non-judgmental reflections of young lesbian culture in Kentucky and will show young women who are struggling with their own identity that they are not alone.

Jennifer Zingg (Frankfort):  $1,650 to conduct a workshop exploring female creation myths for girls ages 7-10 who will select imagery and produce a collaborative sculpture representing female creators, nurturers, protectors and warriors. The girls will learn about and experience female expression and share, teach and act upon their own creative expression.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg):  $2, 588 for the Appalachian Reproductive Health Project, engaging young women in the creation and distribution of media art exploring their sexual and reproductive health experiences, concerns and needs. The youth will learn how to make informed choices about their reproductive health, and their media art will advance understanding of the importance of improving access and availability of comprehensive reproductive health care in eastern Kentucky.

Shirley Bee (Elkhorn City):  $1,000 to conduct interviews, write stories, and create a book highlighting strong Appalachian women. The act of storytelling will help each participant feel empowered and validated, and the finished book will preserve the history and heritage of the strength of Appalachian women.

Bondurant Middle School (Frankfort):  $1,000 for Betty Lawson to work with low-income, single-parent middle school girls in an after-school journaling project. The girls will be encouraged to set goals and journal about their lives and their progress, which will ultimately empower them to set and realize goals throughout their lives.

Carrie Brunk  (Big Hill):  $5,000 to support the Clear Creek Festival, a community arts event, including music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, readings and films along with educational workshops. Through the festival, local feminist activists seek to create a diverse cultural and educational space in which community members can learn together, challenge injustice, and work for social change.

Linda Caldwell  (Paint Lick):  $2,000 to continue a writing project of work by women over the age of 70, living in an independent retirement community. The project will provide an avenue for empowerment, assist the writers to be lifelong contributors to the community, and encourage them to continue to write and be a model for women and girls in Kentucky.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning  (Lexington):  $4,000 for the 2010 Young Women Writers Project in which five female writers in their 20s and 30s mentor high school students to explore writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues such as body image and self-esteem. The program will encourage the young women to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

Teresa Christmas (Bowling Green):  $7,000 to design and implement a multi-level, year-long art course that focuses exclusively on women artists for students ages K-6 at Cumberland Trace Elementary School. The course will introduce the students to diverse female artists, encourage them to create their own art inspired by these artists, and dispel stereotypes about women.

Chrysalis House  (Lexington):  $1,900 to participate in the 2010 Clothesline Project, including a photographic component. By creating t-shirts and images, the women express their experiences and break the silence around abuse, helping the women and raising awareness in the community about violence against women.

Crane House, The Asia Institute, Inc. (Louisville): $3,000 to develop a dance troupe for women and girls in the Cambodian community that will help preserve traditional dance forms, strengthen the connection of the local Cambodian community with its heritage, and create greater understanding of Cambodian culture in Louisville.

Dreams With Wings, Inc.  (Louisville):  $2,000 to continue an art program in which adults with mental retardation, developmental disabilities and autism make glass art pieces to sell, from recycled glass. The program gives participants the opportunity to express themselves through art and earn income from the sale of their work.

LaShan Gilkey  (Louisville):  $1,000 to produce a CD of her original music to help her achieve success as a musician, be a better woman and mother of three, achieve her goals, and give back to society.

Dionne Griffiths  (Louisville):  $2,000 to teach modern dance classes that incorporate body image and self-esteem discussion workshops for African-American women. Her goal is to encourage, uplift and educate African-American women by engaging them through dance.

Joy L. Gritton and Gloria Stepp (Morehead):  $3,000 for the Eastern Kentucky Arts Project to 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 will help connect women artists through a cyber network and encourages them to become agents of social change.

Clare Hirn and Laura Malbasa (Louisville):  $2,000 to create an art-based recipe book with girls in the Portland neighborhood who will interview their elders about recipes and food memories. The book will incorporate stories, history, images and recipes relating to healthy food and sustainable agriculture and provide the girls with opportunities for creative expression and learning about making informed, healthy food choices.

Kate Larken  (Louisville):  $3,419 to organize musicians and songwriters to record original songs on the subject of Mountaintop Removal coal mining and create a CD anthology of these songs. The project will encourage women musicians, educate citizens about the effects of mountaintop removal, and show the connections between feminism and environmentalism.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company  (Louisville):  $5,000 to train high school actors in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques so they can tour with LFL company members to local schools performing the play “Choices.” The interactive play will engage performers and audiences in addressing the issues of cyber-bullying and teen suicide in their lives.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference  (Lexington):  $4,500 for artist fees for four featured presenters committed to feminist social change (Diane Ackerman, Patricia Smith, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, and Valerie Wilson Wesley). The 2010 conference fosters the literary growth and community engagement of women and girls in Kentucky through writing workshops and contests, readings, discussions, publishing seminars, and a spoken-word competition.

Kimberly A. Mucker-Johnson  (Louisville):  $1,000 to facilitate workshops for women and girls on the misconceptions of female “beauty” in history, literature, and popular culture. The workshops will include studying African-American praise poems, and guiding participants to write their own praise poems to identify and unlearn dominant belief systems, appreciate their own beauty, and help change social views about women.

Lexington Art League  (Lexington):  $7,000 for the WITNESS program, partnering artists with survivors of domestic violence to create art that reflects the survivors’ experiences. The program will give survivors an opportunity for creative self-expression, provide artists an opportunity to use their skills, and raise awareness about violence against women in the community.

Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women  (Richmond):  $1,000 for the “Mask of Change” project, in which women recovering from substance abuse will create collage masks showing how they want people to perceive them and how they see themselves. Making the masks will help the women see the incongruence in the two sides, overcome negative self-concepts, and take steps toward a positive and accurate self-image.

Mary Jo Martin  (Monticello):  $1,000 to provide creative writing workshops for women in her community. The workshops will open new avenues of awareness for participants and encourage creative expression as a means of healing, self-empowerment, and empathetic connectivity among women.

Susan J. Mitchell and Judy Sizemore (London and McKee):  $5,500 to connect an informal women’s group in Laurel County and female inmates in Whitley County Detention Center through a creative writing and arts exchange, culminating in the publication of a book, readings, and an exhibit. The program will promote understanding, acceptance and sisterhood among the women and build self-esteem through the creation and presentation of art.

Mountain Laurel Quilters  (London):  $5,000 to create quilt hangers to display quilts which they will sell to raise funds to provide blankets for sick sick, abused and needy children in south eastern Kentucky. Creating a high quality and secure exhibition will encourage area quilters to participate in the quilt show and promote this art form.

Dijana Muminovic  (Rockfield):  $5,500 to interview and photograph Bosnian refugee women living in Kentucky whose lives are still affected by the genocide they experienced 15 years ago. She will create a multimedia piece consisting of photography, audio and video that will be exhibited in Kentucky and Bosnia to help the women bring closure to this trauma and raise awareness about the issues faced by women refugees.

Murray State University, Dept. of Music (Murray): $3,000 to support the 2011 Athena Festival, providing an opportunity for students and community members in western Kentucky to hear music composed by women, to meet and learn from women composers, and to highlight and celebrate women in music.

Patricia Ritter (Kettle):  $3,012 to lead statewide workshops for breast cancer patients and survivors in which they will create journals with visual collage techniques on the covers. Through the collages, the women will express who they are, including their healing journey, the journals will provide opportunities for personal reflections and sharing with other women undergoing similar challenges.

Jen Serra Shean  (Louisville):  $1,000 to conduct Young Women’s Rites of Passage retreats for girls experiencing puberty. The retreats incorporate art, storytelling and spoken word to promote self-confidence, body-awareness and appreciation, creative self-expression and the celebration of this important event in a girl’s life.

Lakshmi Sriraman  (Lexington):  $3,800 to create and present a dance-theatre production in a classical Indian dance style, called “And She Said,” exploring the themes of love and war, and their physical and psychological impacts on women. The performances will incorporate writings by women poets across cultures and centuries, and will be followed by community dialogue, fostering discussions on women’s issues in the world today.

Stephanie Straub  (Lexington):  $1,000 to print and distribute the first copy of “V. Creative Inquiries into Violence Against Women,” a feminist literary journal examining violence against women in the Lexington community and the cultural context in which violence occurs in academic and literary work. Publishing work by local writers will open a space for critical examination of social factors that lead to sexual violence in the community and help make Lexington a more hospitable place for women.

The Sisters Provocateur  (Lexington):  $3,781 to lead performances, interactive theatre workshops and performance/conversation salons on feminist topics relevant to women today. Women and girls will have opportunities to engage their creative selves and create a space in the community to ponder and debate issues that are important for society’s growth.

Doris Thurber  (Frankfort):  $3,000 to organize a series of art workshops including printmaking, clay and gourd work, jewelry making, dying and painting on cloth, and basic sewing for women at the Franklin County Women’s Shelter. Through the workshops, the women will gain access to their creative abilities.

WKU Women’s Studies Program (Bowling Green):  $2,000 for the 2010 “Women and Kids Learning Together” summer camp, including educational programs, team building and creative activities such as writing, drama and painting. The program is designed to strengthen self-esteem, encourage self-reflection, and promote the exploration of opportunities for lifelong education.

Sarah Yost  (Louisville):  $3,000 to lead a writers’ workshop at a middle school to give young women a venue to access and use their voices for conscious change within themselves and promote positive change in their families and communities.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Appalachian Heritage Alliance (Campton): $6,000 for a series of writing retreats for women and teenage girls led by four Kentucky feminist authors to give women the time, encouragement and inspiration to write about their thoughts and experiences, which will facilitate personal, political and social change.

Appalshop (Julia Taylor) (Whitesburg): $4,300 to support a playwriting, radio and web project that engages incarcerated women in eastern Kentucky in a community-based theater process that will build self-esteem and bring the women’s stories to a larger community to raise public awareness about the growing number of incarcerated women.

Pat Banks (Richmond): $4,000 to present a workshop for feminist artists to learn about the Kentucky River watershed and provide opportunities for them to paint, sketch, photograph and journal about the effects of pollution on the river, to inspire them to become advocates for their watershed and the right of women and children to a clean water source.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $5,000 to continue the Young Women Writers Project, which provides opportunities for diverse and talented young women writers age 13-18 to explore writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them. In addition, the young women will serve as mentors and perform their work, helping them to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect, leading to their empowerment as women.

Center for Women and Families (Louisville): $1,000 to provide Healing Mosaic Workshops for clients and staff at the center to raise awareness about violence against women, reduce gender-based violence and encourage community and client healing.

Chrysalis House, Inc. (Lexington): $1,000 for women at the center to participate in the Clothesline Project, an annual t-shirt making event that raises awareness about violence against women and provides participants with an opportunity to break the silence around the violence they have experienced.

Clear Creek Festival (Big Hill): $4000 to support the 2009 rural community arts festival, which is led by feminist activists and will offer a variety of feminist artistic performances including music, theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, readings and films, and will help the community challenge injustice and work for social change.

Contented Heart Quilt Guild (Monticello): $3000 to purchase computers and software that will enable the guild to continue and expand their quilting classes for young and old women, to encourage the women to become economically and personally independent and to see their quilting as an artform rather than a pastime.

Linda Erzinger (Louisville): $2,000 to present a workshop for residents in a Germantown neighborhood to increase self-awareness and empowerment through art-making, community building, and healthy food. Participants will create a mosaic art piece using recycled trash collected from the neighborhood that will be installed on the exterior of their local community center.

Christa Faulkner (Louisville): $6,960 to display visual artwork of feminist artists on billboards with a link to an internet site highlighting each artist, to increase public awareness of the artists’ social concerns and promote local female artists.

Wendy Fosterwelsh (Ashland): $3,700 to provide weekly mixed media art workshops for women at a domestic violence shelter to help the women express their emotions, build their self-respect and contribute to their personal development and empowered.

Melissa Fry (Fort Wright): $1,000 to provide artist stipends, art materials and partial costs of a field trip to engage students in hands-on art activities in an Appalachian art and literature class at the Urban Learning Center. The KFW funded activities will focus on how Appalachian women’s art supported their families to empower students with Appalachian heritage to recognize and honor the accomplishments of these women.

Clare Hirn and Laura Malbasa (Louisville and LaGrange): $5,650 to lead a mural project focused on healthy foods for girls ages 10-14. Participants will learn about food choices and sustainable agricultural practices and create a portable mural based on what they learned. The mural will travel to their schools and encourage the girls to promote healthy eating.

Terri L. Holtze (Louisville): $2,000 to create a book of photographs and nonfiction writing documenting the history of women’s work in Louisville from the early 20th century to today, to highlight the contributions women have made to the city’s growth and development and recognize the value of women’s work.

Home of the Innocents (Louisville): $2,000 to support its annual summer art program for abused, abandoned or neglected children and youth, focusing on helping the children identify, improve, and express their feelings about women.

Jenkins Independent School (Jenkins): $3,000 for two Appalachian feminist artists to engage a group of middle and high school girls from this underserved rural area of southeastern Kentucky to participate in a series of story-sharing, songwriting and mixed media journaling workshops to build the girls’ self-worth, help them develop confidence and encourage them to become fully engaged in their communities.

Kentucky Center Arts Reach Program (Louisville): $3,000 to provide a program for girls ages 10-13 at the Chestnut St. YMCA using traditional African drumming and dance, to help the girls develop self-confidence and form a circle of support to help each other develop as women and leaders in their families and communities.

Kentucky Jobs With Justice (Kentucky Social Forum) (Louisville): $1,000 to incorporate music, performance poetry, and “theatre of the oppressed” sessions into the Kentucky Social Forum, bringing people together from across the state working on a variety of feminist and human rights issues to build community and learn about the root causes of oppression.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $4,800 to bring four featured presenters who are committed to feminist social change (Elizabeth Alexander, Holly Goddard Jones, Gina McCauley and Rachel McKibbens) to the annual conference to present writing workshops, readings, panel discussions, and a spoken-word competition all dedicated to cultivating the artistry of women and girls in Kentucky.

Vanessa Little-Hall (Virgie): $5,000 to build a network of support for women in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and encourage women to engage in a variety of art forms including music, writing, spoken word and digital storytelling to share their knowledge of mountain culture, foster leadership and organize to end the practice of mountaintop removal.

Louisville Visual Art Association (Louisville): $1,000 to collaborate with artist Tina Bernstein to facilitate an art program using collage, bookmaking and garden mosaic that engages mothers and children of the Family Scholar House, which supports homeless single parents seeking four-year college degrees, in art-making processes that encourages self-reflection, learning, storytelling and community beautification.

Denise Roberts McKinney (Berea): $1,000 to interview and compile a book of stories of “granny women” in the Appalachian region that will give the women an opportunity to share their knowledge, and will be a resource for the community about the “old” ways of sustainability and surviving as a community.

Media Working Group (Lexington): $4,000 to collaborate with Gateway Regional Arts Council to present a series of writing and performance poetry workshops for 25 girls ages 13-17 to help the girls find their artistic and activist voices in relation to the natural world, specifically the Appalachian Mountains.

Mari Mujica and Basil Kreimendahl (Louisville): $1,000 to create an interactive art exhibit and performance based on oral histories of people who consider themselves transgender, which will bring further awareness, understanding and justice for people who do not conform to traditional gender identity.

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art (Owensboro): $2,090 to collaborate with Girls Incorporated and a local feminist artist to provide girls with an opportunity to learn how women have used art to affect social change in the past and encourage the girls express themselves through art.

Portland Museum (Louisville): $3,000 for a collaboration between feminist artist Kate Larken and a group of women from the Portland community to create and record an ensemble of monologues representing the voice and experience of women in this historic working class neighborhood.

Janie Render (Louisville): $1,000 to partner with fiber artist Penny Sisto to produce a poetry/fiber art exhibit telling the stories of women infected with HIV/AIDS, which will be used to dispel stereotypes and educate the community about women living with HIV/AIDS, and to encourage prevention.

Angela Ramsey Robinson (Louisville): $4,000 to facilitate a visual arts-based workshop series exploring birth art and birth stories, and to host women’s circles to connect artists and activists with pregnant women and mothers with infants living in addiction-recovery houses, to promote respect and support for birthing and mothering.

Jen Serra Shean (Louisville): $4,500 to use storytelling and spoken word to conduct women’s rights and empowerment retreats for women and girls, which will promote self-confidence, body self-awareness and creative self-expression for participants.

Judy Sizemore and Octavia Sexton (McKee and Orlando): $4,000 to collect oral histories from five eastern Kentucky women who have been impacted by mountaintop removal, to create a performance from the women’s stories that combines storytelling and poetry, and to perform the piece for urban women to increase awareness of the cultural and environmental consequences of mountaintop removal.

Union College London Center (Mona Powell) (London): $3,000 to incorporate a feminist component into an existing arts-based program for recovering drug addicts, which will use spoken word, music and choreography to help participants recognize and overcome negative stereotypes of Appalachian women to help them develop self-esteem.

WKU Women’s Studies Program (Bowling Green): $3,000 to support the Women and Kids Learning Together summer camp for women and children in Warren County focused on artistic activities such as creative writing, drama, and painting, to strengthen the participants’ self-esteem, encourage self-reflection, and increase awareness about the community and civic engagement.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg): $4,150.00 to develop a script and performance with girls and women in central Appalachia who have been affected by the criminal justice system, focusing on the experiences of incarcerated women in eastern Kentucky, which will raise awareness and create dialogue for change in the criminal justice system.

Trish Ayers (Berea): $1,000.00 to support the Kentucky Women’s Playwright Seminar, a ten-month seminar for seven Kentucky women writers to explore the techniques of playwriting and to dramatize issues that impact their lives and encourage positive social change.

Brick House Community Center (Louisville): $2,600.00 to provide a series of workshops that explore various art forms in a way that promotes independent learning, and will promote the feminist philosophy of women valuing their own thinking and choices.

Robin Burke (Mt. Washington): $3,000.00 to expand and enhance her documentary video From the Garden, focusing on a community garden in an inner-city neighborhood. She will incorporate additional footage about using the garden as an “edible classroom” to encourage more community gardens and educational programs that assist women to make food choices supporting the health of families, communities, and the environment.

Erma Bush (Louisville): $2,000.00 to research, develop a script, and perform a first person historical interpretation of Hanna Coleman Toliver, an African-American who was imprisoned in 1864 for assisting enslaved Kentuckians to freedom in Indiana, which will speak to the importance of the role of African-American women in the anti-slavery movement.

Linda Caldwell (Paint Lick): $3,000.00 to work with a group of women over 70 to encourage them to explore their feminist voices through writing about their experiences  and sharing their work, as a way to create a better self-image for the women and change societal views about older women.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $3,300.00 to continue the Young Women Writers Project, which provides opportunities for diverse and talented writers age 13-18 to explore writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them, serve as mentors to younger women writers, and to perform their work, helping them to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.

The Center for Women and Families (Louisville): $5,209.00 to work with visual artist Joyce Ogden to provide ongoing workshops for the Center’s clients to create ceramic tiles around the theme of hope, change, and home, which will be installed in the entranceway to communicate the message of hope and change to clients, staff, and volunteers, and will move the participants towards self-sufficiency and empowerment.

Hannah L. Drake (Louisville): $1,000.00 to facilitate a workshop for middle and high school age girls, focused around a spoken word performance piece that she created, which will encourage the young women to love themselves, and develop into empowered women.

Dreams With Wings, Inc. (Louisville): $5,000.00 to provide an ongoing opportunity for adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities to work with artist Gwen Kelly to continue making glass beads out of recycled bottles, combining recycling and art. The participants, many of whom are cared for by women, will also string the recycled glass beads into bracelets, which can be marketed and sold, providing economic possibilities to the participants.

Eastern Kentucky University Environmental Research Institute for Tammy Horn (Lexington): $3,000.00 to provide workshops for girls in Appalachia about beekeeping and writing, which will help them articulate their own voices for change in their region and state.

Freda Fairchild (Paducah): $7,305.00 to profile Kentucky women beyond retirement age who are still actively involved in their communities, and create portraits using photographs, paintings, and printmaking accompanied by poetry and prose that will affirm women in older generations and will raise awareness about the potential contributions of older women.

Jessica Farquhar (Louisville): $1,000.00 to provide writing retreats for birth doulas to create literary birth art, empowering them to use poetry writing as a way to help them process their feelings and experiences of assisting women giving birth and improve their capabilities for future support.

Aubrey Elizabeth Franchell (Lexington): $1,200.00 to expand the Women’s Action Network website, which promotes feminist artists who have been under-represented in local galleries by providing a free web gallery space that will expand their visibility, and to create a blog component of the website, which will provide a space for dialogue among Kentucky feminist artists and give them a greater sense of community.

Ethel Hazard (Louisville): $4,000.00 to collaborate with filmmaker Nerenda Eid to create a film that explores the bussing/desegregation policy in Jefferson County Public Schools through the eyes of two sets of mothers and daughters, one African-American and one European American, who will discuss the impact of bussing on their personal lives and the significance of gender and racial equality in their public school education.

Rebecca Gayle Howell (Winchester): $2,500.00 to complete a collection of oral histories and portraits of those living directly with mountaintop removal, by using a feminist artistic process and providing a direct forum for people of Appalachia to speak.

Donna Ison (Lexington): $1,000.00 to provide a playwriting workshop for women, and to develop and produce a collaborative play of monologues inspired from the workshop that will explore a variety of issues important to women.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $5,000.00 to bring four featured presenters who are committed to feminist social change (Joyce Carol Oates, Samantha Thornhill, Natasha Trethewey and Lisa Williams) to the 29th annual conference to present writing workshops, readings, panel discussions and a spoken-word competition, all dedicated to cultivating the artistry of women and girls in Kentucky.

La Casita Center (Louisville): $1,980.00 for a group of Latina women to create and exhibit their photography, drawings, and paintings, with a goal to break stereotypes, project a positive self-image, and develop a community of sisterhood and mutual support among Latina women through artistic activities.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $6,150.00 to research, develop, and produce a multi-disciplinary play about a 1911 fire at a garment factory that ignited the women’s labor movement, to bring light to important historical events from a women’s perspective, and to open a dialogue about similar labor issues happening today.

Estella Conwill Majozo (Louisville): $2,000.00 to produce a collaborative, inter-disciplinary performance art project about the complexities of war, involving a poet who wants to speak out against American militarism but whose son is in Iraq, to elicit an open, honest dialogue about the war.

Kelly Moffett, Joe Moffett, and Molly Gibson (Owensboro): $2,000.00 to continue to support Kentucky’s Retreat for Women Writers, offering workshops in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; and to make the retreat accessible for women in all socio-economic positions.

Teri Moore (Paducah): $3,000.00 to create a visual and performance art piece that addresses domestic violence and encourages community participation in seeking solutions.

Murray State University, Department of Music (Murray): $4,250.00 to support the 2009 Athena Festival and Competition, which provides an opportunity for students and community members in western Kentucky to hear music composed by women, to meet and learn from women composers, and to highlight and celebrate women in music.

Mary Owens (Berea): $1,000.00 to create a website and community forum for Kentucky women playwrights that will strengthen their voices, develop more support for women playwrights, and promote publishing and production opportunities for their plays.

Jardana Peacock (Louisville): $3,000.00 for a group of multi-racial intergenerational female performing artists called Poets Responding to develop a performance poetry piece that examines the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of race relations in the United States, and to perform the piece in nontraditional venues to create dialogue about current social issues.

Project Women, Inc. (Louisville): $1,980.00 to provide workshops for single mothers who have experienced homelessness but are now pursuing their college degree, in which the women will paint pottery tiles of their dreams, goals, and aspirations for the future. The tiles will be displayed at the center, will create community awareness and education, and will help the women to live their goals for the future.

Patricia Ritter (Kettle): $3,726.00 to provide workshops for women in abuse centers in south central Kentucky to journal about their lives and create personal mandala paintings, offering an opportunity for reflection and visual expression of their thoughts and feelings, which will build self-esteem and will encourage participants to see themselves in a new light and to imagine a new life.

Angela Ramsey Robinson (Louisville): $7,500.00 to provide a workshop series exploring birth art and birth stories for women with infants living at residential treatment centers, which will empower the women, support mothers and babies, and foster better respect for women’s bodies and the birthing process.

Gidget Tincher (Louisville): $1,000.00 to create photographs that explore the role of Appalachian women in keeping traditions alive, and to exhibit the photographs in Louisville and her hometown of Owsley County, with the goal of raising awareness about women in Appalachian history and to encourage women to document their own journey and struggles.

University of Kentucky – Violence Intervention & Prevention Center (Lexington): $1,000.00 to facilitate a writing group and to produce a theater performance to encourage women to share their stories of power-based violence, to create a space for healing, and to raise awareness on campus about the impact of violence against women.

Wellspring (Louisville): $1,000.00 to work with Squallis Puppeteers to develop workshops and art sessions that will inspire women who have severe mental illness to find a way to express their life experiences using story-telling and puppetry, to build their self-esteem, communication skills, and move toward recovery.

WKU Women’s Studies Program (Bowling Green): $2,000.00 to provide a summer camp for women and children in Warren County focused on artistic activities such as creative writing, drama, and painting, which will strengthen self-esteem, encourage self-reflection, and increase awareness about the community and promote civic engagement.

Women in Transition (Louisville): $3,150.00 to facilitate Theatre of the Oppressed workshops for its members to engage the community and create dialogue about gender, racial/ethnic and social class inequalities, which will point to the necessity for social change.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Americana Community Center, Inc. (Louisville): $ 7500 to provide instruction and development of fiber arts skills for a group of female Somali Bantu refugees, and to expand their personal identity, build social support networks, and develop leadership and literacy skills while expressing their cultural heritage.

Renée Ananda and AimMe Smiley (Louisville): $ 3000 to present workshops on healing and empowerment through artistic expression for women who are survivors of abuse, and to create a multimedia performance celebrating women’s strength and survival.

Appalachian Heritage Alliance (Campton): $ 5000 to provide a variety of workshops and classes incorporating the arts, information, and physical activity that will enable women to improve their health.

ArtsReach, an education program of the Kentucky Center, partnering with Louisville Central Community Center and Flamenco artist Diana Dinicola (Louisville): $ 2500 to present summer workshops in flamenco dance for girls ages 12-15, to teach a healthy connection to their bodies, and to develop their self-confidence as they learn to express and appreciate themselves.

Cowan Community Action Group (Whitesburg): $ 5000 to engage mid-life women from eastern Kentucky in a series of story-sharing, visual art, poetry, and media workshops designed to unleash creativity, build self-worth and public confidence, and serve as a catalyst for increased public engagement.

Creative Diversity Art Center (Louisville): $ 4000 to provide a series of eight workshops for women artists with bipolar and/or schizophrenic disorder to explore a wide range of successful female artists and their techniques, and to encourage artistic growth, improve self-esteem, and develop their relationships with each other.

Alecia Fields (Lexington): $ 1000 to provide a variety of workshops and open space sessions during the Until the Violence Stops Festival that will empower girls and young women to make a difference on feminist issues in Kentucky by confronting violence, gender norms, and damaging social standards, using the arts as an outlet for exploration and self-expression.

Aubrey Elizabeth Franchell (Lexington): $ 4000 to create a website that will feature feminist artists and their artwork, and will create an online forum promoting feminism and art.

Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center (Covington): $ 2000 to provide a series of creative writing workshops for women addressing social issues such as sexual health, abuse, and addiction, culminating in two performances, which will be filmed and distributed to raise awareness about women’s choices and personal power to affect positive social change in their community.

Melissa Fry (Covington): $ 1400 to develop and implement a new Appalachian Art and Literature class that will focus on how Appalachian women used art to support their families.

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana (Louisville): $ 3500 to provide theatre-based workshops for three Girl Scout troops from diverse neighborhoods to learn about the art of storytelling and active listening, and to work collaboratively to turn their stories and those of their elders into live theatre.

Yolantha Harrison-Pace (Danville): $ 2000 to distribute booklets and to prepare and publish a “town hall meeting” style community performance script to educate women and provide preventative strategies against domestic violence.

Home of the Innocents (Louisville): $ 6000 to support its third annual summer art program for children and youth, focusing on helping the children to identify, improve, and express their feelings about women.

Juneteenth Legacy Theatre (Louisville): $ 3500 to support staged readings, performances, and art development workshops for the Juneteenth Festival, the signature cultural program of the Juneteenth Legacy Theatre.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (Lexington): $3500 to support two theater productions which will be a part of the Until the Violence Stops: KY 2007 Festival and will focus on creating awareness about the impact of men’s violence against women and girls, thereby creating dialogue directed at creating solutions toward ending violence.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $ 4000 to bring a Palestinian-American poet to the conference for a workshop, panel discussion, and a reading, to foster tolerance and awareness of social problems and create important opportunities for rectifying injustice.

Doreen McElroy (Monterey): $ 1000 to produce, tour and conduct informal discussion groups of her original one-woman performance piece, which encourages individuals and communities to take responsibility for the state of our society.

Mercer County Senior High School (Harrodsburg):  $2000 to support the Community Poetry Project, a weekend writers’ conference, workshop, and symposium, featuring several published writers; and to produce an anthology of works from community members, students, and adults who show a vested interest in the welfare and progress of women.

Kelly and Joe Moffett (Owensboro): $3000 to support a retreat for Kentucky women writers, offering workshops in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and publishing; and to make the retreat accessible for women in all socio-economic positions.

PeaceCraft with Laura Poulette (Berea):  2600 for a series of three workshops for women artists to create visual artwork illustrating fair trade principles and telling the stories of women artists and producers, and to host an exhibition of this artwork to promote fair trade.

Project Women, Inc. (Louisville): $1000 to present a series of feminist writing workshops for single mothers who have experienced homelessness, to explore their lives through writing, build community, and gain confidence in using and projecting their own unique voices.

Janice Sevré-Duszynska (Nicholasville): $3000 to compile and rewrite a prison journal of her three-month incarceration for the nonviolent misdemeanor of “crossing the line” at Ft. Benning, GA to close the School of the Americas, which will address the connections between sexism and violence related to the military-industrial complex, and in human relationships.

Kathy Skaggs (Campbellsville): $ 4000 to support a writing workshop for working class rural women in central Kentucky, continue the distribution of a poetry newsletter to rural Kentucky women without internet access, and to publish the writings of working class rural women.

Norma Spencer (Lexington): $ 3000 to work with women in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Literacy classes to create personal portraits, incorporating word and visual graphics, to encourage them to share their ideas and address their concerns.

Squallis Puppeteers and Angela Ramsey Robinson (Louisville): $ 4500 to develop and facilitate an intensive workshop series combining puppetry, expressive therapy, and activism, culminating in Breast Fest, a festival to empower women, support breastfeeding mothers, provide community education about breastfeeding, and stimulate social change.

Marilyn Rose Swan (Lexington): $ 2000 to present fiber arts workshops incorporating coloring and felting merino wool at a residential treatment center for teenage women, to enhance their confidence and self-respect.

Ilona Tackett (Lexington): $ 2000 to develop and implement a teaching module curriculum for fourth through eighth grade students and art educators to participate in an in-depth study of women artists and visual culture, including contemporary feminist artists who use their art to foster social change.

Doris C. Thurber (Frankfort): $ 4000 to work with teenage female artists to create a mural at a soup kitchen portraying women and foods from around the world, which will provide a welcoming and thought-provoking environment for the patrons and the community.

Lauren Titus (Louisville): $1000 to present workshops that combine art, writing and relaxation exercises, to raise the self-esteem of individual women, and to enhance the feminist community in Kentucky.

Cynthia Torp (Prospect): $4000 to design an educational Kentucky women’s history website that will engage and evoke women and girls to action by presenting stories of the past and present in a powerful, interactive format; and that will act as an empowerment and advocacy tool for feminist action.

WKU Women’s Studies Program (Bowling Green): $2000 to present artistic workshops, classes and team-building activities for low-income women who have not attended college and their children, to improve their self-esteem, economic skills, and understanding of the opportunities for higher learning.

Yanya Yang (Owingsville): $3000 to form a non-profit organization that will provide creative designs for websites and printed materials to non-profit groups focusing on women and children’s social and health issues in Kentucky.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Alliance for Girls, Inc. (Prospect): $3,140 to create Brave Girls, which uses digital storytelling to tell the little-known story of the underground girl movement during World War II.

Arcadia Community Center and Americana Community Center (Louisville): $3,681 for a collaborative project in which women from the Somali Bantu community in Louisville will come together to learn and practice various fiber art techniques.

Trish Ayers (Berea): $3,500to present a year-long seminar for Kentucky women playwrights, during which participants will learn playwriting techniques while dramatizing issues that impact their lives.

Birth Care Network of Kentuckiana (Louisville): $3,500 to express to a wider audience the organization’s message, that childbirth is more than a routine medical procedure, by producing Birth, the Play.

Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative (BPC) (Lexington): $1,445 to provide education in printmaking by offering workshops for community service groups and by facilitating an invitational exhibit.

Robin D. Bowen (Muldraugh): $6,837to provide a series of workshops in Native American arts and culture for women who have never received their rite of womanhood ceremony.

Cora Brown (Louisville): $1,000 to facilitate conversations through video between at-risk African American high school girls and African American elder women.

California Block Club Federation, Inc. (Louisville): $7,385for Glass is Not Trash, a program in which neighbors in this west-end Louisville community will come together to create powdered glass beads out of collected or saved glass bottles.

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $2,900 for the Young Women Writers Project, in which young women will mentor high school girls as they examine issues that concern them through writing and performance techniques.

Katie Fraser Carpenter (Murray): $1,000to develop a scholarly article and a play script based on a little-known book that describes the lives of Western Kentucky women in 1888.

The David School (David): $3,715 for a digital media artist to work with 12 girls at this alternative high school, encouraging them to express their own stories and their view of Appalachian culture through media art.

Nadia DeLeon (Bowling Green): $1,500to provide a belly dance course for survivors of sexual assault, to allow the women to regain contact with their bodies and improve self-esteem.

Dominican Earth Center (St. Catharine): $2,000 for a nature writing retreat in which culturally diverse women will explore sustainable living and earth literacy.

Cass Irvin (Louisville): $2,900to produce In Time, a play about independence issues that affect aging women and women with disabilities, and to conduct a series of community chats around those issues.

Juneteenth Legacy Theatre (Louisville): $2,900 to establish a core company of performing and teaching artists, which will create a greater sense of community for the annual Juneteenth Jamboree.

Regina Lang (Louisville): $2,400 to conduct a four-engagement tour of The Bathroom Cleaner, a one-woman performance piece, for the purpose of starting a cross-cultural conversation about race, class, and discrimination.

Shayla Lawson (Lexington): $2,650for an internship at an innovative research company in London, England, that will enable her to start a similar, non-profit organization in Kentucky.

Maryhurst (Louisville): $3,680 to provide workshops in the traditional mandala art form to girls in the residential treatment program, with the goal of building positive self-image and confidence.

Marie Mitchell and Rebecca Mitchell Turney (Richmond, Park Hills): $1,000 to begin a series of books for girls that features young heroines in historical Kentucky settings.  

Kelly Moffett (Owensboro): $2,000 for Kentucky’s Retreat for Women Writers, to be held in Owensboro, during which women will convene and create for three days.

Judith Myers and Fran Ellers (Louisville): $1,500 to edit and revise a doctoral thesis on early years of the birth control movement in Kentucky, and to make the story accessible to a wider audience.

Kentucky River Community Care, Inc. (Jackson): $4,500 to work with several experienced artists to provide workshops for clients of the Rape Crisis Center and Caney Creek Rehabilitation Center that allow them to explore various means of creative self-expression.

Northern Kentucky University, Art Department (Highland Heights): $3,000 for a series of workshops in which NKU faculty will encourage young girls in their area to examine their lives through digital photography.

Open Ground (Harrodsburg): $7,000to facilitate a three-day residential program for women artists and community organizers to come together with Winona La Duke to explore the use of art in positive social action.

Project Women, Inc. (Louisville): $1,025 for a personal empowerment program in which participants create affirmation dolls that reflect their aspirations and dreams.

Jennifer A. Reis (Olive Hill): $1,000 to work as an artist-in-residence, exploring identity through fiber art techniques, with the 21st Century Community Learning Center program at Rowan County Middle School.

Pam Rockwell (Murray): $4,442 to offer a series of educational art workshops, in bookmaking and other forms, for mothers and teachers of children with developmental differences.

Erica Rucker (Louisville): $2,000 to provide workshops in various art forms around the central theme “Self and the Body” for young women who were teenage parents or grew up in foster care.

Southern Kentucky Book Fest (Bowling Green): $3,000 for workshops led by African American Kentucky author Sheila Williams, with the goal of strengthening the writing skills and personal expression of African American girls and women in Kentucky.

Wellspring (Louisville): $4,000 for a feminist textile artist to work with the agency’s art therapist and a group of women clients who have been marginalized by society due to their severe and persistent mental illness.

WKU Women’s Studies Program (Bowling Green): $3,800 to provide a weeklong learning experience at the Women and Kids Learning Together Summer Camp for low-income women who have not attended college and their children, during which they will participate in workshops in many areas of the arts with experienced feminist artists and teachers.

Pamala G. Wiley (Louisville): $1,600 to lead a series of workshops for young minority women, in which they will research and create ten-minute plays about important women in the civil rights movement who also have connections to Louisville.

Williamsburg Action Team (Williamsburg): $2,000 to create a collection of monologues based on the stories of African American women who are residents of Williamsburg and Jellico.

Natasha Lynn Wolford (Belcher): $2,000 for a program in which at-risk teenage girls will create and perform monologues about their life experience and views.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


ACLU of Kentucky (Louisville): $6,000 for writer Fran Ellers to produce a book-length history of the reproductive rights movement in Kentucky, with the goal of building awareness of the importance of abortion rights for generations of Kentucky women.

Ann Andaloro and Julie A. Gawne (Morehead): $1,750 to interview women and girls in eastern Kentucky and produce a video addressing perception and awareness of role models in the region. Appalachian Heritage Alliance (Campton): $5,000 for Coping with Change through Creativity, a series of workshops that will introduce underserved women in Wolfe County to various means of artistic expression.

Arcadia Community Center (Louisville): $5,300 to provide workshops in sewing and textile art to newly immigrated Somali Bantu women so they can create clothing and wall hangings that reflect their personal and cultural history.

Artists Collaborative Theatre, Inc. (Elkhorn City): $5,000 for production of the Kentucky Women’s Playwright Festival.

Teri Blanton (Berea): $1,750 to create digital stories in which women of the coalfields are empowered to speak about their lives and communities.

Patt Jackson Blue (Paducah): $1,750 for Young Motherhood, in which the artist will collaborate with Paducah-area young mothers to create a series of photographs and writing.

Brick House (Louisville): $1,000 for the Kentucky Women’s Art Collective to provide life drawing classes and discussion opportunities for disenfranchised women.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $4,900 to provide a series of workshops for young women ages 13-18, in which they will learn writing and performance techniques to explore issues that concern them. The Center for Women and Families, Inc. (Louisville): $5,000 for two theatre artists and an art therapist to offer workshops in artistic self-exploration for residents of the Center for Women and Families, and to create a public performance and exhibit of the work they create.

The Children of Ruth, Inc. (Olive Hill): $5,500 for Mother Mentors, a community-based art program designed to promote personal and community transformation by involving local artists in teaching other women and girls.

Vaughan Fielder (Lexington): $1,750 to photograph and interview mothers of children with disabilities, and to create a website to increase awareness about disability caretakers.

Genesis Arts / KY Inc., Dolores M. White (Louisville): $2,000 for the second year of a program that provides dance classes to women and their daughters living in transitional safe housing.

Leigh Johnson (Bowling Green): $1,140 to conduct poetry workshops for girls at an alternative high school in Simpson County and to produce a book of their poetry.

Marilyn Jones (Louisville): $3,000 to obtain additional copies of her recently published children’s book about AIDS in Africa, so that she can donate the books to schools and aid organizations.

Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (Louisville): $5,000 to fund a summer institute that will introduce 16 young women of color who are visual artists to advocacy, activism, and research in women’s issues.

Annie Langan (Louisville): $3,150 for Arts Electronic to organize and present a month-long exhibit, including artist lectures and panel discussions, of the Evolutionary Girl’s Club’s multi-media works.

Cameron Lawrence (Louisville): $1,750 for the planning phase of a radio project titled The Citizen Conversations, a series of interviews with progressive thinkers, writers, and artists on the topic of citizenship. Louisville Arts Council, Inc. (Louisville $1,500 for “This is what a Feminist Looks Like . . .”, a series of performances, exhibits, workshops, and roundtables designed to convene local feminist artists and increase community consciousness about feminism.

Kimberly O’Donnell (Paducah): $1,500 to teach a digital art workshop to children at the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club in Paducah. Susan Owens (Lexington): $6,260 to prepare a series of essays and photographs based on interviews with diverse women residents of a low-income senior citizens housing complex.

Mimi Pickering, Appalshop (Whitesburg): $3,000 for production of a video documentary about the current life and history of Anne Braden, a nationally known civil rights activist from Kentucky.

The Pleiades Theatre Company (Louisville): $5,000 to support the company’s Internship and Outreach programs, which empower girls and women by giving them a voice through the theatre.

Portland Museum (Louisville): $4,000 for a group of women called Community Curators to create an exhibit about Portland women’s history and art.

Erica E. Rucker (Louisville): $5,000 for teen mothers and pregnant teens at the Home of the Innocents to experience a series of workshops in various art forms.

Kathy Skaggs (Campbellsville): $1,000 for public readings from the artist’s e-zine, with the goal of reaching out to rural working class Kentucky women. Brenda Wirth and Chris Doerflinger (Louisville): $5,500 to create a collaborative landscape installation and performance piece in conjunction with women artists and community members.

Shannon Leigh Woolley (Louisville): $2,500 for research and creation of a one-woman performance piece based on the oral histories of women in the military serving in Iraq.

Terry Wunderlich (Louisville): $3,000 for a project in which women who are survivors of domestic violence or sexual abuse design and construct costumes expressing their fears and hopes.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Teri Blanton (Berea): $5,500 to create five digital stories focusing on the lives of women in coal-mining communities of Appalachian Kentucky.

Joan Brannon (Lexington): $3,000 to produce a thirty-minute video in collaboration with students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf and staff of the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, to address issues of rape and sexual assault in the deaf community.

Fannie Mulder Brown (Midway): $1,000 to hire a typist, so she can produce and publish her manuscript. She is writing her life story, which involves a childhood rape, and plans to use it to help other rape victims in their healing process.

Brenda Dick (Monticello): $2,040 to construct a building on part of her property to use as an art studio as she further develops her work in gourd art and painting.

Amelia Kirby (Whitesburg): $3,500 to support the ongoing Appalachian Women’s Radio Project, which she directs, and which is designed to bring young rural women’s voices to the public through radio and internet.

Lorna Littleway (Louisville): $4,000 to produce the annual Juneteenth Jamboree, which provides a community-wide forum for emerging and established artists (mostly women) to participate in a celebration-through-the-arts of African-American independence.

Lucinda Marshall (Louisville): $2,000 to publish at least three essays and to conduct workshops on: the global pandemic of violence against women, the effects of militarism on women, and changing the patriarchal structures that foster this violence.

Monalisa Miller (Verona): $4,735 to provide weekly instruction in the ceramic arts to six “at-risk” teenage girls from the Gallatin County school district, culminating in two public exhibitions of the girls’ work.

Paula Quinn (Bowling Green): $1,000 to create a performance piece called The Suicide Monologues, giving healing voice to the stories of women whose lives have been touched by suicide.

Sharon Scott (Louisville): $4,200 to connect indigenous female doll-makers in Chiapas, Mexico with local Hispanic women immigrants, through teaching the local women doll-making using ancient techniques and materials from Chiapas.

Judy Sizemore and Jamie Johnson (McKee): $4,800 to develop and distribute the first two issues of Lavinia, a magazine that will celebrate the accomplishments of Appalachian women in traditional and nontraditional roles and offer a forum for intergenerational discussion.

Norma Spencer (Lexington): $4,500 to help Hispanic and Latino women who are ESL students at “Bluegrass Literacy” create and perform scripts that reflect their social, economic, and political concerns.

Anna Stone (Louisville): $4,000 to facilitate a dialogue among a group of eight women who have migrated from rural Appalachian Kentucky to Louisville, examining issues of cultural loss, displacement, and changes in identity.

Pat Sturtzel (Louisville): $4,465 to conduct expressive art activities at Caritas Peace Center with a group of ten to twelve women suffering chronic mental illness, culminating in a two-week exhibit of the women’s artwork.

Cynthia Torp (Louisville): $3,000 to create media and display components for a traveling interactive exhibit on domestic violence in Kentucky, which will be placed in public locations such as shopping malls, hospital lobbies, and libraries.

Katherine Valentine (Louisville): $4,160 to create Anonymous Women, a series of mixed-media portraits of women living under the protection and care of a local women’s shelter.

Julia Youngblood (Louisville): $3,000 to create an installation at the Seed Gallery to educate the public and challenge them about the widespread archaeological desecration of Native American sites in the Southeast.

Artists Collaborative Theatre, Inc. (Elkhorn City): $3,000 to work with five women playwrights and produce the Kentucky Women’s Playwriting Festival in Elkhorn City.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington): $4,700 to offer a series of fall writing workshops for high school girls ages 13-18, culminating in a performance.

Feminist League of Organized Resistance (FLOR) (Louisville): $1,400 to produce two issues of an ongoing, feminist “zine” (little magazine) called Nonissue, one offering a feminist guide to Louisville and one focusing on radical politics.

Genesis Arts / KY: Dolores White (Louisville): $3,000 to enhance an existing dance program for women and their daughters living in transitional safe housing at the Center for Women and Families (West Campus).

Genesis Arts / KY: LaVon Fisher (Louisville): $3,000 to conduct a week-long workshop for teenage girls, focusing on traditional African cultural rituals and dance, to promote an increased sense of self-worth, virtue, and leadership among the participants.

Hispanic Latino Coalition, Inc. (Louisville): $1,000 to hire artist Pamela Rojas to conduct a therapeutic visual arts workshop this summer for Hispanic and Latino women of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival (Louisville): $3,000 to enable actor Liz Bussey Fentress to conduct the interactive performance workshop, Shakespeare’s Women, in twelve high schools located in the state’s most rural and low-income counties.

Murray State University, Dept. of Music (Murray): $4,000 to present the fourth biennial Athena Festival and Competition in March 2005, a week-long celebration of music written by women.

Pleiades Theatre Company (Louisville): $5,000 to expand its Internship Program, which teaches girls from grades 8-12 the technical skills needed to stage a theatre production, and to establish an Outreach Program for underserved girls and women in Jefferson County.

Rainbow Community Music of Louisville, Inc. (Louisville): $6,000 to pay artist fees for its 2002 Living Out Loud festival, highlighting singer/songwriters whose music is feminist, LGBT-friendly, and anti-racist, and who are under served by mainstream values.

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $6,000 to bring the U.S. Poet Laureate, Louise Gluck, and the apprentice of her choice, Dana Levin, to participate in the Hardwick/Jones Reading Series in 2005.

Williamsburg Action Team (Williamsburg): $1,000 to bring artist Angelyn de Bord to Williamsburg, KY, to write a play with a group of Appalachian teenage girls about Cornblossom, a female Cherokee chief in the Whitley/McCreary County area in the 1880s.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Suzanne Adams (Louisville): $5,000 for the M.A.D.D. Gurlz program, in which girls will experience an arts-integrated program of “hands-on” activities in music, movement, drawing, sculpture, painting, writing, printing and drama.

Jeanie Adams-Smith (Bowling Green): $3,870 to document through photography how children cope with divorce in order to help children of divorce and their caregivers. The completed book of photo essays will follow 30 children for three years.

Layla Al-Shami (Louisville): $4,000 to implement a music and piano education program at the Wildflower Foster Care facility that will provide a therapeutic, encouraging, and esteem-building learning environment for the adolescent girls who reside there.

Nana Yaa Asantewaa (Louisville): $2,115 to utilize theatre in the form of dialogue, personal narrative, and movement to create a rites of passage workbook with the girls participating in the Sankofa Girls Camp for Art Activism.

Bruce Burris (Lexington): $2,880 to showcase the work of Della Mae Bullens, a sixty-nine-year-old physically and mentally challenged woman who creates doll clothes. The clothes will be showcased at The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington and at the Idea Festival in 2004.

Nell Cox (Frankfort): $3,230 to distribute a video that features women activists, women policymakers, women leaders, and women directly affected by bills introduced before the legislature. The filmmaker will organize screenings and discussions at high schools, colleges, civic groups and women’s groups.

Karen Edwards-Hunter (Louisville): $4,000 to produce a play that focuses on African American lesbians or bisexuals who live marginalized lives because of the treatment they receive from family members, peers, and associates.

Randi Ewing and Sara Anderson (Lexington): $3,000 to organize community storytelling events showcasing the stories of Mexican women immigrants living in Kentucky and of their mothers at home in Mexico.

Freda Fairchild (Paducah): $4,910 to conduct a series of expressive workshops which will lead women in a Western Kentucky women’s shelter toward a stronger sense of self through the creation of personal art biographies that express in words and images their struggles with abuse.

Jorena Faulkner (Upton): $2,000 to produce, record and distribute a 12-song CD of original works fostering a reaffirmation of strength in women through empowering lyrics with feminist views incorporating female and male vocals.

Oyo Fummilayo (Danville): $2,000 to record, publish and perform the oral stories that were given to women by their mothers. Intergenerational dialogues will focus on how women are taught or not taught social values regarding their roles as first teachers to their daughters, sisters and friends and will compare storytelling experiences of Kentucky women with those of African women.

Rachel Grimes and Denine LeBlanc (Louisville): $2,000 to fund the Fall 2003 Piano Concert Series by Kentuckian Denine LeBlanc, which will feature a newly commissioned work by Rachel Grimes. This program, which will be performed in regional concert halls, will feature the musical work of both women and will demonstrate the empowerment of music commissioned by a woman.

Amelia Kirby (Whitesburg): $3,000 to support the Appalachian Women Radio Project, a multi-media arts project designed to bring young rural women’s voices to the public through the airwaves and internet.

Christine Kuhn (Lexington): $5,230 to establish a group of ten young female artists who will review feminist literature and art, critique one another’s work, and produce a performance/exhibit about feminist issues.

Sue Massek (Willisburg): $2,000 to use arts-based activities to bring together women in Eastern Kentucky to reflect upon their own lives and experiences, to connect their struggles with those of other women in the region, and to begin to develop the skills, confidence, and political analysis necessary to challenge the prevailing patriarchy.

Eren McGinnis (Lexington): $5,000 to produce a feature-length documentary on the lives of five people in a small Mexican town called Juchitan utilizing the talents of local women filmmakers.

Denise McKinney (Berea): $6,000 to collect 50 poems and artists’ statements from women of various faith traditions in southeastern Kentucky who write poetry as prayers of supplication, adoration, and healing, as well as addressing injustices and other related topics. The poems will be published, and the poets will be invited to participate in a retreat focusing on women’s writing as a spiritual journey.

Elizabeth Oakes and Jane Olmsted (Bowling Green): $4,000 to edit and publish a volume of essays entitled I to I: Life Writing by Kentucky Feminists that will showcase both emerging and established Kentucky feminist writers.

Michele Pullen (Louisville): $2,000 to host a play development workshop for a diverse group of middle-school age girls that will explore the theme of friendships between women within the historical context of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her personal maid and dressmaker, former slave, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley.

Anna Sapozhnikov (Louisville): $4,000 to create and produce an evening-length healing dance work entitled Last Lullabies to be performed in non-traditional dance spaces in and around Louisville. The dance will integrate women of different ages and backgrounds from the Louisville community who have experienced the impact of breast cancer in their lives.

Anne Shelby (Oneida): $2,115 to research and write a one-woman show based on the life of Kentucky labor organizer and folksinger Aunt Molly Jackson and to take one free performance of this show to communities in Southeastern Kentucky where Aunt Molly Jackson lived and worked.

Synthia Shelby (Louisville): $4,300 to aid young women who have been the victims of abuse in the healing and building of self-esteem through journaling workshops and the creation of an anthology.

Artswatch (Louisville): $5,000 to support their 2003 feminist programs, including exhibitions and performances by KFW grant recipients and other women artists and performers who are making strong feminist statements with their work.

Dominican Earth Center (St. Catharine): $1,500 to lead a group of 20 diverse women in a writing retreat at the Dominican Earth Center. The women will explore the connectedness between the earth and themselves.

Genesis Arts / KY Inc. (Louisville): $2,000 to provide through dance a better understanding of four African cultures: Wodaabe, Hassania, Yoruba and Ghanaian. The participants in this project will be young women ages 10-18.

Juneteenth Legacy Theatre (Louisville): $2,000 to support the Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays hosted by Actors Theatre. The purpose of this project is to provide a venue for emerging and establishing artists from diverse disciplines to create a month-long, community-wide celebration of African-American Independence that emulates the original Juneteenth celebration in 1865.

Kentucky Theater Project (Louisville): $1,230 to develop a series of films made by independent women directors that address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media.

Southeast Community College Appalachian Program (Cumberland): $6,870 to support a collaboration between Rose Cohelia of Harlan and Joyce Ogden of Louisville as they work with students at Spalding University and a broad coalition of Harlan County residents to create a series of tile mosaic public art installations in Harlan County.

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $4,750 to support bringing noted Palestinian-American writer Naomi Shihab Nye to the 25th annual KWWC, March 25-27, 2004. The theme for the Conference is History in the Making: Choosing to Participate. Nye would participate in readings panel discussions, and small-group workshops.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Suzanne Adams (Louisville): $7,500 to support the Girls Art program, an after-school arts program for 7th & 8th grade girls. It will be comprised of 25 two-hour sessions for 20 girls, aged 11-13, in a racially diverse low income middle school in the south end of Louisville. The girls will study, observe, and participate in art making.

Mary Brydon-Miller (Louisville): $7,478 To help fund Community Building through Cloth, bringing together artists from the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists (LAFTA) with refugee women under the auspices of Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services Program to engage in dialogue about their shared interest in fiber arts. This project creates an opportunity for refugee women and LAFTA artists to interact by art making and reflecting about their own lives and heritage. The LAFTA members will also mentor the refugee women during the process of coming to understand U.S. culture.

Betty Carter (Monticello): $1,500 to support her first-person account of growing up in Eastern Kentucky and performing Women in History at state parks in Kentucky.

Christina Estrada (Louisville): $4,000 to write a book based on a program dealing with community, self-reflection, and self-actualization for adolescent females in a residential facility.

Rebecca Katz (Morehead): $7,500 to facilitate publication of essays in the first bi-annual issue of the Women’s Studies Kentucky Appalachian Women and Social Change magazine.

Mary Ellen Klatte (Lexington): $1,500 to conduct public education and outreach for a book on the life of Viebie Catron Cantrell, who lived from 1904-1998 and kept a chronicle of her life in 60 years of diaries, 3 books of unpublished poetry and an unpublished autobiography.

Ronni Lashbrook (Berea): $1,000 to offer job-shadowing opportunities for 10-15 young women (ages 10-16) in Central Kentucky to learn the art of clowning. The girls will learn how clowning is a performance art fostering creativity and the ability to think quickly.

Cameron Lawrence (Louisville): $5,200 to produce a 30-minute radio documentary called Sisters in Painbased on the book profiling the battered women who killed their abusers, were incarcerated, and then paroled by the Governor of Kentucky.

Judith Owens-Lalude (Louisville): $2,000 to implement a children’s book writing workshop bringing together senior women in Louisville and special needs teenagers.

Lorena Parker (Owensboro): $1,000 to pay performance fees for The Reel World String Band as part of the Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote: 1920-2002 event, a public forum celebrating the 19th Amendment.

Kathleen Parks (Louisville): $1,500 to help fund What’s up with Willie Lynch?, workshops and discussions for young African American women to show how they have been impacted by the ideas associated with Willie Lynch, a slaveowner in 1712 who devised a plan for slaveholders to keep their slaves in bondage.

Evelyn Seals (Middlesboro): $1,000 to write a book based on interviews with women care-givers for persons suffering from mental illness. It may also include some of the patients’ stories.

Judy Sizemore (McKee): $4,000 to write a short book based on oral history interviews with seven American Indian women in Kentucky including an appendix of information on the traditional and contemporary Native American cultures to which these women belong.

Joyce Chaddic Wagner (Louisville): $6,500 to implement a cultural arts program which includes dance, storytelling, music, and visual art. This program is for homeless women who are single parents and their children.

Pamala Wiley (Louisville): $1,000 to engage a group of 10 to 12 women in creative art making. The first session includes participation in music making and painting. The second session includes analysis and design.

Marjory Riley Wilson (Emlyn): $2,975 to write an autobiography called Healing Hill, and establish a web site exposing the injustices to women and the environment in Eastern Kentucky.

Artswatch (Louisville): $7,500 to fund feminist art components of their 2002-2003 presenting program. The season will include a solo exhibition by a KFW grant recipient, an installation by KFW-funded artist, Mary Carothers, group shows such as the Creepy Dolly Invitational and Technology Showcase (which include artists with strong feminist perspectives), The Louisville Film and Video Festival, six Monday Music Series performances by women composers and performers, and three performances that deal with feminist issues.

Council on Mental Retardation (Louisville): $2,500 to help fund a two-part project, designed for women who are caregivers of children/persons with developmental disabilities. In Part One, 25 women caregivers will construct 3-D representations, illustrating the sources of energy that sustain them. Part Two is a written description of their visual projects and their meaning.

Juneteenth Legacy Theatre (Louisville): $7,500 to assist in production of twelve new plays exemplifying the five Juneteenth themes: 1) new images of women, 2) contemporary issues and the African-American youth, 3) the pre-and Harlem Renaissance Era, 4) 19th Century African-American experience and 5) Caribbean/Native American influences on African-Americans.

Murray State University, Dept. of Music (Murray): $5,000 to fund the Athena 2003 Festival and Competition devoted to the study and performance of music written by women. The 2003 festival will host an extended choral event for students of all ages and will also include a visiting music/feminist scholar and MSU faculty chamber recital in which a new song cycle written by a woman will be premiered. The Athena Festival reaches a broad cross section of women and men in western Kentucky and across the nation.

Pleiades Theatre Company (Louisville): $5,000 to plan and implement a weekend long seminar to strengthen the quality of women theatre directors in Kentucky. Pleiades will identify four women theatre directors to lead the seminars and open the seminar to 10 participants from across the state.

R.O.P.E. Inc – RAHAB house (Radcliff): $3,600 to develop a musical/dance program for women and young girls in this assistance program. During each of the four, 6-week sessions the women and girls will compose a dance or music to express their life experiences. At the end of each session, a community “Night of Expression” will be presented to encourage the performing arts.

Spalding University (Louisville): $4,000 to begin a comprehensive collection of literary titles (poetry, fiction, nonfiction and plays, as well as critical texts) focusing on the works of Kentucky women. The collection will be archived at Spalding University ’s library and available to anyone who wishes to study and enjoy these texts.

U of L African American Theatre Program (Louisville): $5,000 to support the Sixth Annual Juneteenth Festival of New Works: A Cultural Celebration of Emancipation! The Celebration includes theatre, performance, exhibits, film, lecture demonstrations, youth events, annual play writing contest and other interactive forums to educate and inform the public about social issues related to class, race, gender equity and human rights in our nation with a specific focus on the female voice in America.

Art Meets Activism Grantees


Nana Yaa Asantewaa (Louisville): $1,000 to encourage her as presenter/artist at Ghana festival in developing cultural exchange between Ghanaian and KY women

Gabrielle Beasley, Judy Sizemore, Pat Banks, and Joann Guilfoil (Hyden): $5,000 to develop team of feminist environmental arts activists and establish network of same with community leaders in eastern Kentucky.

Sharon Cecil (Louisville): $5,000 to work with young women and assist them in creating a book

Tamara Fitzpatrick (Louisville): $1,000 to continue photographing women involved in the Irish Peace Movement.

C.J. Fletcher (Louisville): $6,000 to provide art instruction to at-risk African-American youth, primarily females, and exhibit their work and have an art auction.

Sarah Lynn Hall (Richmond): $5,000 to coordinate women artists to teach Appalachian women about traditional arts.

Laura Hartford (Louisville): $4,000 to create an experimental documentary exploring the history of murder ballad and the real issue of domestic murder.

Bani Hines-Hudson (Louisville): $5,000 to empower African-American girls through the arts.

Leatha Kendrick (East Point): $2,000 to create a book about the process of writing during or after illness and crisis.

Amelia Kirby (Whitesburg): $4,500 to create a five-part radio series on effects of prison industry on lives of women in Eastern Kentucky.

Janie Render (Louisville): $1,000 to create a book of poetry based on interviews with women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Samiyra Shabazz (Louisville): $2,500 to assist in developing a music video.

Synthia Shelby (Louisville): $2,125 for writing workshops, panel discussions and open- mike poetry sessions.

Jandira Shelley (Harrodsburg): $2,500 to offer free beginning pottery classes to women in Whitley County, Kentucky.

Pamala Wiley (Louisville): $3,000 to showcase music at a June cultural festival, fund travel to Mali, and instruct others in drumming.

Laverne Zabielski (Lexington): $2,500 to expand her art community to Wayne County, Kentucky, and complete a CD book project.

Appalachian Heritage Alliance, Inc. (Campton): $4,000 to sponsor a series of Women’s Wellness Weekends for women to retreat, create and recharge.

Artswatch (Louisville): $3,000 to support women’s art exhibitions, music series and theatrical performances.

Council on Mental Retardation (Louisville): $5,475 to offer women caregivers the opportunity to express experiences of caring for those with disabilities.

Jefferson Community College (Louisville): $1,000 for PALS, forum for girls to create.

Juneteenth Legacy Theatre (Louisville): $7,500 to support a summer festival at Actors Theatre.

Pleiades Theatre Company (Louisville): $4,500 for performance of six 10-minute plays about immigrant women.

PNEUMA (Louisville): $1,000 for two performances by young inner-city artists exploring culture heritage and overlap of African-American and Latino influences.

Project AIMM (Nerinx): $1,000 to interview and record the stories of retired Catholic sisters.

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $5,900 for expenses of female Mexican-American writer at 2002 writers conference for outreach/writing classes.

UK Special Collections & Archives (Lexington): $2,000 for restoration of film honoring 19th century Kentucky women.

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc. (Covington): $3,000 for a collaborative project with women and children discovering commonalities in personal stories, developing an original theatre piece.

WKU Women’s Studies Program (Bowling Green): $2,000 to support a project with feminist artist Judy Chicago, who will work with students in transforming a two-story house into an art installation.

Working Class Kitchen (Lexington): $7,500 to identify and assist women interested in being community arts organizers.