National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018, including an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU to support the establishment of a Kentucky Folklife Network and online magazine.
The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” Chu said. “Through the work of organizations such as the Kentucky Folklife Program in Bowling Green, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
“We are grateful to the NEA for their continuing belief in our mission to document, present, and conserve the traditional arts and cultural heritage of our region,” said Brent Björkman, Director of the Kentucky Folklife Program. “This Kentucky Folklife Network project will allow us to further reach out and bring to a world-wide audience via the web the rich local cultural expressions being documented by passionate community scholars living throughout the Commonwealth.”
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