Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
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“It’s an unprecedented validation of their potential as writers
and of the value of their creative work. They’re excited to engage in their writing, their
— Darcy Thompson, Louisville Story Program
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2016) Louisville Story Program has a mission to amplify
untold stories among underrepresented Louisville residents, and thanks to a grant from the
Kentucky Arts Council, the organization will be able to help seven Kentucky authors who are
blind or visually impaired tell their stories.
The program is one of seven Kentucky organizations awarded nearly $40,000 through the arts council’s Arts Access Assistance (AAA) grant.
The AAA grant theme changes each year. For the 2017 fiscal year, AAA honored the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by awarding grants to projects that serve artists with disabilities and educate Kentuckians about living with disabilities.
Darcy Thompson, director of the Louisville Story Program, said the AAA grant was key in helping his organization tell the story of Louisville’s blind and visually impaired community.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the arts council for believing in this project and providing the much needed support to allow seven authors to complete this journey they’ve begun with us,” Thompson said. “It’s an unprecedented validation of their potential as writers and of the value of their creative work. They’re excited to engage in their writing, their narratives.”
Other organizations receiving AAA grants are:
For more information about the Arts Access Assistance grant visit the arts council’s website or
contact Sarah Schmitt, arts access director, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-3757, ext. 492.
Note to editors: If you are interested in interviewing any of the recipient groups for local stories, the arts council will provide contact information.
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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.