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July 30, 2013

Kentucky Foundation for Women workshop at Berea library Thursday

BEREA — The Kentucky Foundation for Women invites interested residents to participate in one of its three upcoming state-wide workshops in Berea from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Madison County Public Library, Berea branch, 319 Chestnut St.

The foundation is a private philanthropy supporting feminist art for social change through grants, retreats and residencies. The workshop is an opportunity to learn more about these programs.

“The foundation’s staff and board appreciate the strong participation of women in the arts in eastern Kentucky, from quilt making to playwriting,” said Judi Jennings, executive director of the foundation. “Now, it is more important than ever to provide resources to feminist artists working for positive social change, because when women and girls advance so does Kentucky.”

The workshop is free and open to anyone committed to improving the lives of women and girls through art. Materials and healthy snacks will be provided at no cost to participants.

For details, call the KFW office in Louisville or visit www.kfw.org. To register for the workshop, or for more information about these opportunities, visit www.kfw.org, contact Rae Strobel at rae@kfw.org, or call toll free at 1-866-654-7564. 
“The foundation is proud to support artists like Trish Ayers, who writes plays and leads the Kentucky Women Playwrights’ Seminar, which encourages women writers to explore playwriting,” said Rae Strobel, KFW program officer. “This work enriches her own skills as a playwright while making a direct impact in the lives of women and girls in her community.”

Other artists and writers from eastern Kentucky who have benefited from grants and residencies awarded by the KFW include Melissa Ann Vandenburg, a visual artist from Richmond; Timi Reedy and Tammy Clemons, media artists from Big Hill; Judy Sizemore, a writer and community artist from Annville; and Nancy Kelly Allen of Hazard, a writer of young adult fiction.

The Berea workshop will provide opportunities to ask questions about preparing a grant proposal and to learn more about KFW resources and opportunities available to all residents of Kentucky, including:

• KFW’s Artist Enrichment grant provides resources for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their development to create art for positive social change. Artistic development can include residencies, exploring new forms or techniques, or building a body of work. The deadline to apply is Sept. 6.

• KFW’s Retreat and Residency Programs offers artists, activists and allies short-term stays at Hopscotch House, outside Louisville, to create art, deepen understanding of feminism and strengthen social change in Kentucky.

KFW is based on the belief that feminist art inspires positive change for women and girls, and improving the lives of women and girls benefits families, neighborhoods, communities and the entire state.

 

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