Welcome to KFW!
Celebrating 30 years of feminist art for social change
A note from the Director, including special opportunities for 2015
From KFW Executive Director, Sharon LaRue...
I am thrilled to be a part of the KFW community and to be in a position to help you lead us into the next phase of KFW’s development. In my short time as Executive Director, I have already had an opportunity to meet community members through our October gathering at Hopscotch House and your comments on a recent survey. Read more including special opportunities for 2015.
Judi Jennings is recipient of 2014 Governor's Awards in the Arts
Scheduling Now Open!
Individual and Group Retreats at Hopscotch House Taking Place Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, June 7, 2015
Please Note: Hopscotch House will be open Tuesdays through Sundays. The maximum retreat is six days.
See Individual Retreats
or Group Retreats
for more information and request forms.
KFW recently partnered with Art of the Rural and more than 40 feminist artists and KFW community members around rural Kentucky to create an interactive web presentation of their stories and artwork, called "Feminist Art Advancing Social Change in Rural Kentucky". Check it out, by clicking here.
Judi Jennings of KFW and Savannah Barrett of The Art of the Rural also partnered on an article about the importance of this work. For a full text of the article see, http://artoftherural.org/feminist-art-advancing-social-change-in-rural-kentucky/
The mission of the Kentucky Foundation for Women is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts. When women and girls advance, so does Kentucky.
KFW carries out its mission through:
Two Grant Programs: Each year the Foundation awards $200,000 to feminist artists and allied organizations in Kentucky through two grant programs: Artist Enrichment and Art Meets Activism.
Retreats and Residencies at Hopscotch provide time and space for feminist social change artists, activists and allies to explore new ideas and artistic expressions, deepen understanding of feminism and advance creative change.
The KFW Hot Flash: E-News for Everyone: Weekly and Special Edition emails include announcements, community member news, and opportunities for artists, activists and allies.
Creating and sharing resources about feminism and social change: Check out the KFW Feminist Timeline. Have fun taking the Women’s History Quiz to test your knowledge. If you don’t know all the answers, don’t worry, see the Answers to the Women’s History Quiz, and learn more about our foremothers. If you visit Hopscotch House, be sure to spend time in the Library there, which offers a wide variety of websites, books, articles, and artwork on feminism and activism.
Although KFW focuses on Kentucky, you can participate in feminist art and social change wherever you live!
Here are a few examples of what you can do:
SUPPORT feminist artists in your community by attending their readings and performances, visiting galleries showing their work, and purchasing their art.
WRITE a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about how feminist artists contribute to the advancement of women and girls.
LEARN more about the history of feminism and activism in your hometown by interviewing wise women, like grandmothers, mothers, and aunts.
READ books and articles about feminism and activism. Feminism is for Everyone by Kentucky author bell hooks is a great place to start.
SHARE your favorite story about the positive power of feminist art with a friend.
START a blog highlighting your ideas on feminism, art, and social change as a catalyst to further discussion and understanding of these important topics.