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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

Tom Musgrave
502-564-3757, ext. 489

West Kentucky Community and Technical College
receives South Arts literary touring grant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 27, 2016) West Kentucky Community and Technical College has received a $1,891 literary touring grant from South Arts.

The college was one of 14 recipients of more than $20,000 in grant funding 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 workshops, lectures and readings by writers from other states. The campus is based in Paducah, one of six communities designated by the arts council as a Kentucky Creative District. That designation recognizes the role of the arts in growing and sustaining vibrant communities and enhancing the creative economy.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will bring author Conor Grennan to its campus March 28-29, 2017. Grennan is the author of the New York Times best-selling and No. 1 international best-selling memoir “Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal.” He is also the founder of Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in Nepal. Since the organization’s inception, it has helped reconnect more than 500 children with their families.

“These grants are important because they give Kentucky residents, and particularly blossoming Kentucky writers, the opportunity to meet and explore the work of authors like Mr. Grennan,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We’re proud to support South Arts in these efforts, and we congratulate West Kentucky Community and Technical College and encourage Paducah area residents to take advantage of Conor Grennan’s visit as a learning opportunity.”

“Thriving arts and culture are crucial to our region’s quality of life and competitiveness across multiple sectors,” said South Arts Executive Director Susie Surkamer. “The events we help fund impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents, exposing audiences to diverse artists and art forms.”

The grants cover the nine states in the South Arts region: including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Organizations applied in the spring, and were recently notified of their status; grants are matched at least dollar for dollar by the recipient organization.

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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.