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The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded 10 Artist Enrichment Grants totaling more than $24,000 to “Central Kentucky feminist artists and arts organizations committed to creating positive social change throughout the state,” according to a news release. The release says the grants “provide opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to enhance their abilities and skills to create art that advances social justice in Kentucky. Applicants may request funds to develop their skills, participate in artist residencies, explore new areas or techniques, and/or build a body of work.”
The honorees are:
Philis Alvic, Lexington: $2,000 to create an exhibition titled Portals, exploring openings, transformations and passages in feminist weaving.
Arwen Donahue, Carlisle: $4,900 to create a book manuscript, with watercolor and ink illustrations, combining memoir, oral history interviews with artist-agrarian women.
Joanna Thornewill Hay, Frankfort: $3,500 to work with a mentor to write a book based on Stories From the Balcony, her oral history project with white and black people who attended the Grand Theatre in Frankfort during the era of segregation.
Rebecca Gayle Howell, Lexington: $3,000 to archive her recently completed body of feminist social change manuscripts, photographs and digital files, and use new and traditional media.
Chialing Hsieh, Mount Sterling: $3,500 to record and distribute a CD of works for viola and piano by contemporary American female composers.
Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort: $1,500 to support a feminist production of The Tempest, focusing on the female characters and led by female artists.
George Ella Lyon, Lexington: $1,000 to complete a CD of original songs in the folk tradition called Every Time You Speak the Truth (You’re Making Justice in the World).
Anna P. Murphy, Frankfort: $1,000 to create and exhibit a series of paintings depicting strong female figures juxtaposed with detailed lace and patterning.
Bianca Spriggs, Lexington: $2,043 to attend a national conference, participate in discussions and network with writers and literary organizations.
Doris Thurber, Frankfort: $2,000 to create batik wall hangings depicting myths and stories that show the roles women play in the physical and spiritual worlds.
Project descriptions were provided by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
The Change for Art involves area artists taking old city parking meters and turning them into works of art that still collect money, now to support art.
At 6 p.m., John Darko’s meter will be revealed at the Kentucky Theatre and he will discuss the piece.
Described as a meter about math, mystery and chaos, Darko wrote in an email, “My work is driven by an obsession with the ancient mystery which lies at the heart of human existence. I hope to provide a counterpoint to the barrage of trivia which constitutes our information-based society and give others the opportunity to experience wordless wonder and quiet curiosity.”
Darko’s meter will bring the total number of meters to four, with others located at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Good Foods Market and Cafe, and Buster’s Billiards and Backroom. To date, the meters have raised $5,500 through individuals and collections from the meters.
Change for Art founder Robbie Morgan, who is also the campaign manager for LexArts, wrote that the project’s, “overall goal is to raise $10,000 to support the ‘Artist Opportunity Fund’ so that we can distribute small project grants to working artists. That portion of the program will be open to musicians, writers, theatre artists and so on. We want to see the end of the term ‘starving artist’ and see financially solvent artists who contribute to the community culturally and economically.”
The project is looking for sponsors and locations for 2012. Contact Change for Art at email@example.com.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich