KFW announces Artist Enrichment grants

Published 10:04 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

From staff reports


The Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded 56 artist enrichment grants totaling $115,000 to Kentucky feminist artists and arts organizations committed to creating positive social change throughout the state.

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Constance Grayson, of Nicholasville, was awarded $1,000 to work on a body of fiber art called “The Strongest Ties,” exploring traditional methods of fabric manipulation and the strength of the women who have historically used those techniques to create items that are both utilitarian and beautiful.

Creating the pieces will provide an opportunity for her to immerse herself in these powerful fiber art techniques. The finished work will celebrate art forms that are too often devalued or dismissed in a “high art” setting.

KFW’s Artist Enrichment grants provide opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to develop their skills and abilities to make art that advances social justice in Kentucky. Applicants may request funds to participate in artist residencies, explore new areas or techniques, and/or build a body of work.

Arts-based organizations and artists at all stages of their careers who demonstrate artistic skill and an understanding of the power of feminist art to enact social change were welcome to apply. The grant program drew 75 applications from throughout the state.

The Artist Enrichment grants awarded in Kentucky went to a diverse group of artists working in a variety of disciplines across the state. Their projects address vital concerns and highlight the contributions of women to Kentucky’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. These grants, including highlighting the work of Appalachian artists and musicians through social media, illuminating the plight of immigrants through theater, explore rape culture through sculpture and documenting the tradition and importance of midwifery across the state. By developing their skills and building community, these grantees are at the forefront of spurring positive social change that will better the lives of all Kentuckians.

“These artists are building their expertise and creating new ways to explore issues fundamental to the well-being of women in Kentucky. Using dance, theater, art, writing, movement and music these artists break barriers and build awareness to create social change. KFW is proud to support the development of artists across the state,” said Sharon LaRue, executive director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women.