By: Jason AldermanColumnist
February 18, 2013
State arts leaders gathered Feb. 13 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual meeting that fosters discussions in the Commonwealth’s arts community about the state of the arts industry in Kentucky. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.
Sen. Brandon Smith and Rep. Fitz Steele presented the Greater Hazard Area Arts Council with a check for $8,340 for a Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grant awarded by the arts council in July 2012. The funding awarded to the Greater Hazard Area Arts Council is part of $1.7 million the arts council awarded to 104 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2013 fiscal year.
“Kentucky is fortunate to have excellent arts organizations in every region of the Commonwealth that provide arts experiences to audiences in their communities and visitors alike,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “The state arts agency is proud to partner with the Greater Hazard Area Arts Council to ensure the arts are made available to all Kentuckians.”
KAP grants provide operating support on a competitive basis to arts and cultural organizations and community arts programs to ensure year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities 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.