FRANKFORT, Ky. — Organizations and municipalities interested in presenting work of artists who have received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council can apply for funding to facilitate an arts activity in their venue or community.

The arts council is marking the 30th anniversary of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship program with Uncommon Wealth, a statewide celebration of fellowship recipients and their work. Kentucky nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, public libraries and state and local governments may apply for monetary assistance to host Uncommon Wealth events.

"The Uncommon Wealth celebration gives Kentuckians the opportunity to see the work of dozens of fellowship recipients, some of the most accomplished artists in the state," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Many organizations have expressed interest in hosting events for artists in their community or region and we are glad to have the opportunity to help."

Grants awarded may provide up to $2,000 for fellowship artist fees, marketing and promotion. The deadline to apply is Dec. 16.

For more information and to download a copy of the grant guidelines, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Grants/UCW.htm; or contact Tamara Coffey, individual artist program director, at tamara.coffey@ky.gov or 888-833-2787, ext. 479.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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