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Arts Council awards $70,000 for creative aging programming


FRANKFURT, Ky. – The Kentucky Arts Council awarded $70,000 to 14 Kentucky organizations for arts-based programs that serve older Kentuckians.

The Access to the Arts Support Grant: Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning is made possible through funding provided to the arts council by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in partnership with EA Michelson Philanthropy . The Kentucky Arts Council is one of 36 state and jurisdictional arts agencies sharing $1.46 million in funding from EA Michelson Philanthropy and NASAA.

Each organization or individual received $5,000 to conduct creative activity projects and programs on aging.

Among the winners is the Wesley Village Senior Living Community in Wilmore. The community has over 200 seniors who enjoy classes in creative writing, painting, exercise, yoga and crafts. Within the facility is an auditorium, where the community has hosted live performances from various central Kentucky bands. Residents also take group trips to area performance venues.

With its grant, Wesley Village management wanted to extend interactive entertainment opportunities to residents living in the community’s personal and full-service nursing apartments. The center will offer drum, recorder and marching band programs taught by teaching artists already under contract with Wesley Village.

The effects of these opportunities have been profound, said Alan Beuscher, Wesley Village’s vice president for community relations, and Cora Hughes, a creative aging and arts consultant and one of three teaching artists under contract with Wesley Village.

Expanding these opportunities to the memory care and nursing populations has allowed Wesley Village to take full advantage of the talents of their three teaching artists and show appreciation for their time and talent.

The recipient organizations of the Support for Access to the Arts: Grants for Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning are:

  • Norton Healthcare Foundation, Jefferson County
  • Volunteers of America Mid-States, Jefferson County
  • Hart County Historical Society
  • Berea College Theatre, Madison County
  • Western Kentucky NOW, Calloway County
  • Commonwealth Health Foundation, Warren County
  • University of Kentucky Pike County Cooperative Extension
  • Opal’s Dream Foundation, Bullitt County
  • Wesley Village, Jessamine County
  • Sayre Christian Village, Fayette County
  • University of Kentucky Johnson County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Barrington of Fort Thomas, Campbell County
  • Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, Rockcastle County
  • Urban Strategies Inc., Jefferson County

In addition to grants awarded to groups like Wesley Village, the arts council is hosting workshops, trainings, and other activities throughout the current fiscal year to address and examine creative aging in Kentucky. The arts council works in consultation and partnership with the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living to promote the activities.

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