Visual Arts

Ky. Arts Council awards folk art grants

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded $32,000 in folk art project grants to 10 organizations. The purpose of the grants is to help communities and organizations identify, preserve and present traditional culture.

The recipients and amounts are:

Berea College, Berea: $3,500 to include African-American and women artists in the annual Celebration of Traditional Music.

Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead: $3,500 to support an exhibit of wood-carving artists, including Edgar Tolson.

International Bluegrass Museum, Owensboro: $3,500 for faculty fees for the Monroe-style mandolin camp, which teaches the techniques of Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe.

African American Heritage Center, London: $3,500 to collect oral histories and photographs for a book documenting local African-American heritage.

Powell County Tourism Commission, Stanton: $3,500 to support the Lily May Ledford Music and Heritage festival.

Cowan Community Action Group, Whitesburg: $3,500 to expand its after-school traditional music program at the center and at Cowan Elementary School.

East Bernstadt School, East Bernstadt: $3,000 to identify, document and present student families' traditional folk arts, including gourd art, carving, quilting, basket-making, storytelling, music and dance.

Clay County Middle School Youth Services Center, Manchester: $2,500 for a project about Appalachian and Cherokee dance, music and craft skills at the Southeast Kentucky Folklife Festival.

Carcassonne Community Center, Blackey: $2,000 to support musician fees for monthly community square dances.

Whitley County Cooperative Extension Service, Williamsburg: $3,500 to support the summer Old-Time Music and Dance Revival at the Whitley County Farmers Market.

For more information about the Folk Arts Project grant program, contact Mark Brown at (502) 564-5135, Ext. 4491, or