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NKY Creatives Awarded Grants from Ky. Foundation for Women

A Hebron writer was awarded a grant to aid in the development of a novel while a Union artist was awarded grant funding to aid in the creation of a series of paintings.

The Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded 36 Artist Enrichment grants totaling $165,207 to Kentucky feminist artists and arts organizations committed to creating positive social change throughout the state.

The grants provide opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to develop new skills and share art that advances social justice in Kentucky. Applicants may request funds to participate in artist residencies, explore new areas or techniques, and/or build a body of work.

Arts-based organizations and artists at all stages of their careers who demonstrate artistic skill and an understanding of the power of feminist art to enact social change were welcome to apply, the organization said. The grant program drew 43 applications from throughout the state.

“These grants focus on vital issues that separate communities and leave women without a voice. Their projects will build community as these artists grow their expertise and create new paths to social change. This work will lead us to a more equitable, just Kentucky,” said Sharon LaRue, executive director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Michelle Donahue, of Hebron, of awarded $1,941 to allow time to research and complete a novel manuscript, described in a news release as an environmental dystopia that loosely reimagines Gilgamesh and Moby Dick from a feminist perspective. This will further her career as a writer and professor, so that she can raise awareness about the importance of women’s stories and female agency in environmental conservation efforts.

Sydney Greene, of Union, was awarded $2,970 to forage the raw materials necessary to create a series of paintings that visually note the similarity between the exploitations of women’s bodies and the earth. This project will shift her practice towards being completely eco-friendly, a news release said. She will gain experience in pigment making to understand its limitations and to master the technique, the organization said.

KFW will provide applications and guidelines for its next grant cycle by August 2021.

-Staff report