Kentucky Folk Art Center awarded federal stimulus grant
Morehead State University's Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) has been awarded a $25,000 federal stimulus grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The grant will be used to support the KFAC's Outreach Educator position. The Outreach Educator position is vital to the Center’s efforts to implement a comprehensive educational outreach program. Over the past five years, KFAC has provided cultural education services to over 50,000 students in Kentucky’s public schools. Currently, KFAC joins with the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at MSU to offer traveling tabletop exhibitions, digital exhibitions using iPods, educational concerts, school tours, and other educational programming. Almost all of these services are provided at little or no cost to participating schools.
“This grant from the National Endowment for the Arts couldn’t have come at a more important time,” said KFAC’s Director Matt Collinsworth. “It will allow us to continue to provide comprehensive cultural education services to schools throughout our region and across the Commonwealth. With the passage of Senate Bill #1, this grant becomes even more important as we work to remodel our programs to meet with the new state recommendations and requirements.”
Established as a cultural, educational and economic development service of Morehead State University, the Kentucky Folk Art Center acquired its present home in July 1997 following the $1.2 million renovation of a former grocery warehouse. KFAC is the only art museum in Kentucky’s fifty-one county Appalachian region. KFAC works to study, preserve, and promote the work of Kentucky’s self-taught artists, as well as other valuable aspects of Kentucky’s rich and diverse culture.
The Kentucky Folk Art Center is a cultural, educational and economic development service of Morehead State University. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.