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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

For Immediate Release, June 8, 2016
Contact: Tom Musgrave, tomr.musgrave@ky.gov
502-564-3757, ext. 489

Six Kentucky groups awarded more than
$37,000 in funding from South Arts

“Having this additional resource allows us to engage more people and introduce them to good classic theater,” Joel Aalberts, EKU Center for the Arts executive director

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Six Kentucky arts organizations have been awarded more than $37,000 in funding to support efforts to bring touring artists to their venues.

The funding comes from South Arts, of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member. South Arts is a regional arts organization working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts to support programming for selected nonprofit arts organizations, allowing those groups to present performances from artists from other states.

“These grants are important because they help organizations broaden their programming to offer performances from artists that most local audiences might never see,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We congratulate the six organizations that received this grant and encourage people in those communities to take advantage of these great venues and the outstanding performances they present.”

The Grand Theatre in Frankfort is one organization benefitting from touring grants. The venue received grants to bring Dance Kaleidoscope and Underwater Bubble Show to its stage. Bill Cull, Grand Theatre executive director, said the grants help the theater fulfill its commitment to the education and culture of the community.

“South Arts grants make it possible for us to bring in really quality shows for school matinee and public performances,” Cull said. “We can’t generate the revenue needed to pay the artists in these top-notch shows. The touring grants make it feasible for us to bring in quality arts to our venue.”

The touring grants allow facilities like the EKU Center for the Arts, which received a grant to bring Aquila Theatre to the Richmond stage, to build a day of activities leading up to an evening show.

“We have many activities planned: a school matinee performance, outreach with English students from Eastern (Kentucky University), a preshow discussion and then the public performance,” said Joel Aalberts, the center’s executive director. “Having this additional resource allows us to engage more people and introduce them to good, classic theater. We’re able to do a program for the right reasons, knowing it’s an amazing opportunity for Shakespeare fans as well as people coming in as curiosity seekers.”

Kentucky’s grant recipients, city, dollar amounts and the performing groups they are bringing to their venues are:

  • The Carson Center, Paducah, Underwater Bubble Show, $4,023
  • EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, Aquila Theatre, $3,884
  • Grand Theatre, Frankfort, Dance Kaleidoscope, $3,775
  • Grand Theatre, Frankfort, Underwater Bubble Show, $4,023
  • Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation, Louisville, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, $5,901
  • Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation, Louisville, Wendy Whelan (dance), $5,963
  • Muhlenberg County Board of Education, Greenville, Aquila Theatre, $3,884
  • Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, $5,901

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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.