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Carnegie Presented $26,000 Grant in Frankfort

The Carnegie in Covington was among the beneficiaries of state arts grants handed out in Frankfort on Wednesday which was designated Arts Day in Kentucky.
 
The day is 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. Chris McDaniel presented The Carnegie with a check for $26,078 for a Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grant awarded by the arts council in July 2014. The funding awarded to The Carnegie is part of $1.4 million the arts council awarded to 96 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2014 fiscal year.
 
"Kentucky has excellent arts organizations in every region of the Commonwealth that provide year-round arts experiences in their communities," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "The state arts agency is proud to partner with The Carnegie to ensure the arts are made available to all Kentuckians."
 
This year's Arts Day comes during the 50th anniversary year of the establishment of the arts council by Gov. Edward T. Breathitt and the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts by Congress. Because of those milestone achievements, the arts council is celebrating 2015 as the Year of the Arts.
 
"It's uplifting to reflect back on where we've come from 50 years ago and to think about the kind of support we can give to our arts partners today through programs like KAP," Meadows said. "We owe those early leaders a debt of gratitude for having the forethought to make our state's artistic legacy and integrity a priority worthy of the government's attention."
 
KAP grants provide operating support on a competitive basis to arts and cultural organizations and community arts programs to ensure participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky.
 
-Staff report
 
Photo: Front row: George Brass; Back row: Kentucky Arts Council Board Chair Mary Michael Corbett, Carnegie executive director Katie Brass, Sen. Chris McDaniel, and arts council executive director Lori Meadows (provided)