Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Funding Received: 2015
Louisville, KY
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

In Louisville, KY, the Mayor’s Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is investing in projects to reduce violence and increase educational attainment among young African Americans. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will support a collective of Louisville-based artists to lead immersive public workshops blending traditional West African and Appalachian arts with contemporary urban performance techniques. These workshops will decrease youth violence as a result of this increase in youth participation in community development efforts alongside municipal investments and strategies.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Nov 4, 2016
Last Sunday, members of Roots and Wings loaded their set into the Kentucky Center for the Arts’ Bomhard Theater and put the final touches on... Read More
Nov 3, 2016
Roots & Wings is a performance collective with a mission to create new productions that integrate art, poetry, dance and music — and also become... Read More
Apr 26, 2016
Three months ago, Hannah Drake began meeting with a group of 12 Moore High School students nearly every Friday. The first thing she asked them... Read More
Jan 23, 2016
Also on the schedule is a meeting with the burgeoning project Roots and Wings, made up of young minority musicians, dancers and writers from west... Read More
Aug 17, 2015
July was a big month for arts organizations around the state. The Kentucky Arts Council announced $1.2 million in grant funding for operational support to... Read More
Aug 8, 2015
In mid-July, Roots and Wings, with fiscal backing from the Kentucky Center of the Arts, received an ArtPlace America grant for $280,000 for an 18-month... Read More
Jul 31, 2015
ArtPlace America has awarded grants totaling $730,000 to two Kentucky arts organizations. Letcher County’s Appalshop received $450,000 and Roots & Wings in Jefferson County received $280,000. Read More