FRANKFORT Two Prestonsburg organizations dedicated to the arts recently received a financial boost from the Kentucky Arts Council.
Jenny Wiley Theatre and the Mountain Arts Center were awarded Kentucky Arts Partnership grants, and State Sen. Johnny Ray Turner and Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo presented the ceremonial checks to representatives from both organizations in Frankfort on Feb. 10.
Jenny Wiley Theatre received a grant in the amount of $30,521.
Jenny WIley Theatre certainly makes Jenny Wiley State Resort Park a unique place for the local people and an attraction for visitors, Turner said.
The theater produces numerous plays during throughout its season and also provides workshops and youth-company productions.
Jenny Wiley Theatre enhances the cultural opportunities of the region by providing a place for young and aspiring actors to gain experience and perfect their craft, Stumbo said.
The Mountain Arts Center received a check for $39,578 from the grant program.
This wonderful center serves as more than a concert hall, Turner said. The Mountain Arts Center is active in educational programming, offers a commercial recording studio and also has visual art exhibits to promote local artists.
The Mountain Arts Center provides a venue for concerts and other performances, along with offering arts education in a variety of artistic disciplines.
Also receiving grants were Appalshop, a multidisciplinary arts, media, education and cultural center located in Whitesburg, and the Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky.
Appalshop received $59,621, the largest amount awarded by the grant program. The Appalachian Artisan Center, located in Hindman, received $19,375.
The Kentucky Arts Council is a state arts agency that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate and benefit from the arts.