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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

For Immediate Release, May 10, 2016
Contact: Tom Musgrave, tomr.musgrave@ky.gov
502-564-3757, ext. 489

TranspARTation Grant application deadline is May 17

“Now I have kids on career day say they want to be actors. There’s an interest there where it wouldn’t have been considered before.” - Ginger Crain, Clarkson Elementary School art teacher

FRANKFORT, Ky. — (May 10, 2016) — Schools across Kentucky still have time to apply for a Kentucky Arts Council TranspARTation Grant. The application deadline for these grants is May 17 for field trips scheduled from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. There is a minimum grant amount of $100.

Any Kentucky public or private school that supports grades pre-K through 12 may apply for a TranspARTation Grant.

Students at Clarkson Elementary School in Grayson County have benefited from the TranspARTation grant over the past three years, going to see plays such as “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Lightning Thief” and “The Berenstain Bears Live” at Owensboro’s RiverPark Center.

“It’s a long-lasting, enriching experience that children sometimes don’t get unless they get it in school,” said Clarkson art teacher Ginger Crain, “If we don’t help provide these opportunities as teachers and administrators, sometimes students don’t have the community support to get them on their own.

“Those experiences have influenced the students significantly,” Crain said. “Now I have kids on career day say they want to be actors,” she said. “There’s an interest there where it wouldn’t have been considered before.”

Schools receiving TranspARTation Grants must attend arts events presented by one of many preapproved TranspARTation organizations.

For more information about applying for a TranspARTation Grant, visit the TranspARTation webpage, or contact Jean St. John, arts council arts education director, at jean.stjohn@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext. 486.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.