Sunday, August 4, 2013

Art For Social Change: Kentucky Foundation for Women

Act #216:  Go ahead, apply for a grant!

The Kentucky Foundation for Women was established in 1985 by Louisville native and author Sallie Bingham. Her founding gift of $10 million is one of the single largest endowments to any women's fund in the United States. KFW's mission is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts.  Each year KFW awards $200,000 to feminist artists and allied organizations in Kentucky through two grant programs:   The Artist Enrichment Grand and the Arts Meets Activism Grant. Grants range from $ 1,000 to $7,500. The typical grant award is $2,000 to $4,000 for artist enrichment grants, and $3,000 to $5,000 for Art Meets Activism grants.

Artist Enrichment Grant
Application deadline:  September 6th
Provides opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their artistic development to create art for positive social change. Applicants may request funds for a range of activities including: artistic development, artist residencies, the exploration of new areas or techniques, or to build a body of work. 
For more information:
Art Meets Activism Grant
Application deadline:  March, 2014
Supports feminist artists and organizations in Kentucky to engage individuals and communities in artmaking that directly advances positive social change.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate their commitment to feminism, their ability to engage community members, and have a concrete plan for positive social change through arts-based activities.  Applicants may request funds for a range of art activities that address social change including but not limited to: community participation in creating art, collaborative or individualized artmaking with women and/or girls, artists’ creation of new work in a community context, or arts education programs primarily focused on women or girls.  
For more information:
2012 Grant Recipients
KFW is currently seeking new board members
Application deadline:  August 9th

The Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW) invites applications for up to three new Board members to serve three-year terms beginning September 2013. Successful applicants must live and work in Kentucky and be able to demonstrate their commitment to the core components of KFW’s mission: feminism, art and positive social change.  KFW welcomes applications from women across the state of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and sexual orientations who share KFW’s mission.

For more information:
"The Rope" by Erica Meuser, 2006 KFW Grant recipient


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