FRANKFORT A gathering of arts community leaders in Frankfort on Feb. 22 proved to be a good day for a number of venues in the mountains, as the Kentucky Arts Council presented grant checks to the Mountain Arts Center, Jenny Wiley Theatre, the Appalachian Artisan Center and Appalshop.
State Rep. Hubert Collins presented a ceremonial check for $30,490 to the Mountain Arts Center for a competitive grant from the Kentucky Arts Partnership that was originally awarded in July.
The Mountain Arts Center has grown from simply a performing arts facility to an important center of the Prestonsburg community, Collins said.
State Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, who was unable to attend the event, offered his congratulations to the Mountain Arts Center.
Over the years, the Mountain Arts Center has drawn many nationally-known performers and groups to its stage, while continuing to emphasize the talent of local musicians, Turner said.
Jenny Wiley Theatre received a check in the amount of $31,078 from the Kentucky Arts Partnership, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a native of Prestonsburg, sent his congratulations.
Jenny Wiley Theatre is one of the attractions that draw tourists to see and experience the vibrant culture of Eastern Kentucky, Stumbo said. Im proud that it is receiving this help from the Kentucky Arts Council, because the theatre certainly deserves it.
The Appalachian Artisan Center, located in Hindman, received a check for $16,970. The Appalachian Artisan Center operates a retail shop selling the products of 200 regional artisans and a studio program that supports five jewelers, a painter, a woodworker and furniture maker and two master artists-in residence.
State Rep. Leslie Combs presented Whitesburgs Appalshop with a check for $63,415. Appalshops mission is to celebrate the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia, challenging stereotypes with original Appalachian voices and visions.
The Kentucky Arts Partnership grants provide operational support to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the state.