Shakespeare in Central Park
Shakespeare in Central Park

(Updated: July 23, 11:45 a.m.: The Clifton Center also saw an increase in their grant.)

Last week the Kentucky Arts Council, through its Kentucky Arts Partnership grant program, awarded more than $1.4 million to 96 commonwealth arts organizations for the 2015 fiscal year. Twenty-seven of the organizations that received grants are located in Jefferson County.

But most grants are down — way down.

Actors Theater of Louisville received the largest grant, more than $96,000, but that grant is down $11,000 from last year. The Louisville Orchestra’s grant slid from $103,921 to $65,722. The second smallest grant was $1,086 awarded to Kentucky Shakespeare, down from $19,683 in 2014, perhaps belated backlash against last season’s troubles.

Only three organizations saw a rise in their award, the Speed Museum, the Clifton Center and the Portland Museum. The Speed Museum remains closed for major renovations and will not reopen until 2016.

The Fund for the Arts lost more than $33,000, so smaller arts organizations could also feel an impact from these cuts.

According to the KAP application, grants are awarded with the following criteria:

  • Delivery (40 percent): how organized is the organization, its finances and how clear is its mission.
  • Networking and Collaborations (30 percent): relationships with other artists, arts groups and educators.
  • Diversity (15 percent): promotion of diverse arts and culture and outreach to underserved populations and people with disabilities.
  • Value/Role of the Arts (15 percent): arts advocacy and communications.

“KAP organizations are the backbone of the state’s arts infrastructure and primarily provide arts services and programs directly for the benefit of the public,” Lori Meadows, executive director of the Arts Council, stated in a news release. “These arts organizations provide many functions in the communities where they are located, including arts programming and resources, arts education and opportunities for residents to directly participate in the arts.”

Here are the awards granted in 2014 and 2015:

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