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Three Northern Kentucky Organizations Awarded Arts Grants for Seniors

Three local organizations will share in $50,000 worth of grants awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council.

The ten community organizations across the state were awarded the funds through the Arts Council's second Arts Access Assistance Grant and will provide for hands-on arts programming for people aged 65 and older.

"Creative aging and lifelong learning in the arts" was the theme for the fiscal year 2015 grant cycle. Arts Access Assistance Grants support arts programs that serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts may be limited by age, geographic location, ethnicity, economic status, disability, or other factors. The grants offer funding to increase the resources of organizations that may currently serve the targeted population in other capacities.

"The Arts Access Assistance Grant is in its second year and has already demonstrated increased participation in the arts in the Commonwealth," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director, in a news release. "This is one way we are able to address our mission of fostering environments where all Kentuckians can enjoy the benefits of the arts."

The Boone County Public Library got $4,800 to facilitate painting classes for people 65 and older in an exhibit of participants' work at the main library's art gallery.

The Campbell County Public Library received $8,000 to present a series of free performances at its Fort Thomas branch aimed at engaging senior populations. Performers are adjudicated participants in the Arts Council's performing arts directory and include Looking for Lilith Theatre, The Bats musical ensemble, and jazz instrumentalists Jay Flippin and Gordon Towell.

The Covington Ladies Home was awared $3,771 to present "Copy the Masters", a study of famous artists wherein participants will learn about an artist's life, replicate the artist's work, and create a work of their own inspired by the artist's style or subject matter.

Photo: Covington Ladies Home via Kenton County Public Library