FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council has received $6,000 from the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to continue its work to address careers in the arts for people with disabilities.

The grant announcement is made in conjunction with an open call to artists with disabilities to submit work for consideration to be included in an exhibit that will open in January at the Weber Gallery in Louisville and will travel across the state.

"This grant will provide marketing and exhibit opportunities to artists with disabilities, an important aspect to careers for all artists," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "This is groundbreaking work for our agency and, we hope, an experience that will produce meaningful outcomes for those who participate."

The grant is the second received by the arts council to further develop statewide activities promoting careers in the arts for artists with disabilities from the NADC, in partnership with the NEA.

The exhibit will travel to the Houchens Gallery of the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green in April 2014. Several pieces will appear in a special exhibition during Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2014. Others will appear exclusively in the offices of the Kentucky General Assembly during the next legislative session as part of the Kentucky Visions at the Capitol exhibit.

Kentucky artists with disabilities who are 18 and older may submit up to three entries for consideration. Being a person with a disability does not need to be central to the artist's identity to participate. The arts council is looking for a mixture of media and style, as well as diversity in opinion about living with a disability.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 25. Artists should read the prospectus before they apply. For more information, contact Arts Access Director Sarah Schmitt at sarah.schmitt@ky.gov or 888-833-2787, ext. 492.

This Forum is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The National Arts and Disability Center is a program of the Tarjan Center at UCLA, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector.

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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