July was a big month for arts organizations around the state. The Kentucky Arts Council announced $1.2 million in grant funding for operational support to 91 Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations across the state, and three Kentucky organizations received national grants to assist in community development through the arts.

In mid-July, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Berea College would receive a $100,000 Our Town grant, which will support the college’s effort to strategically shape the character of communities in Eastern Kentucky. The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core. Berea College’s project will support cultural asset mapping in the Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone, an area that has an overall poverty rate of 30 percent, and includes the rural counties of Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry and Whitley.

ArtPlace America also awarded two Kentucky organizations – Louisville’s Roots & Wings and Whitesburg’s Appalshop – grants for creative placemaking projects.

Roots & Wings received $280,000 for a project to link Appalachian, West African and urban arts in Louisville’s “Zones of Hope.”

Appalshop received $450,000 to increase arts, media and technology training opportunities for Appalachian youth, strengthen longstanding cultural institutions in Letcher County and contribute to diversifying the county’s economy.

From Lori Meadows at The Lane Report. Read the full article here