Grantees and Residents Working for Social Change:

A media artist in Whitesburg produces the Appalachian Women Radio Project, a multi-media arts project designed to bring young rural women’s voices to the public through the airwaves and the internet.


A Louisville poet participates in a one-week residency at Hopscotch House and edits a new manuscript of poems, using the creative community and surroundings to inspire the completion of her work.


Two Lexington writers produce a chapbook chronicling the lives of Mexican women immigrants living in Kentucky and their mothers at home in Mexico.


A photographer in Paducah collaborates with young western Kentucky mothers to create a series of photographs and writing based on their experience.


A fiber artist in Louisville conducts expressive art workshops with a group of women suffering chronic mental illness, and creates an exhibit of their work.


A women’s theatre company dedicated to re-examining history from women’s perspectives holds a week-long retreat at Hopscotch House to work on a series of one-woman shows.


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Celebrating 30 years of feminist art for social change

 The Kentucky Foundation for Women celebrates 30 years of feminist art for social change throughout 2015.  KFW’s 30th Anniversary celebrations are intended to increase connection and broaden community impact. The Foundation will be embracing and honoring its history while moving KFW's vision forward through a special grant program, a residency and community writing workshop, an updated graphic identity and a redesigned website developed to further empower feminist social change artists. See press release.

Announcing the
KFW Digital Storytelling Project

Click to view the trailer

This trailer is a preview of a KFW project that will capture the stories that make up the history of the organization, as well as to share the voices of artists and organizations who have advanced feminist social change throughout the state of Kentucky and beyond. Interviews with founder Sallie Bingham and others will be featured during the course of the year.

Foundation featured on National Arts Website

KFW is honored to be the featured member on the Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) homepage for March, Women’s History Month!  GIA is a national network of private, public and corporate arts funders that provides leadership and service that advances the use of philanthropic and governmental resources to support the growth of the arts and culture.

View the member spotlight 

View the full photo gallery, featuring photos submitted by KFW community members.

KFW is pleased to be a part of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy community of nearly 200 grantmakers that are committed to social justice and represent high-impact grantmaking, advancing equity and empowerment across our country. KFW participated in “Philanthropy’s Promise Leaders Respond: What Is Your Wish for Philanthropy This Women’s History Month?

Current Opportunities

Special Grant Opportunity: 30 Years of Feminist Art for Social Change

In celebration of KFW’s 30th Anniversary, KFW is announcing a one-time, special grant opportunity to support the artists, activists & organizers who have been at the forefront of creating feminist art for social change in Kentucky. Learn more

The 2015 Art Meets Activism applications
are now available!  

Participatory workshops will be held in February in Paducah, Louisville, and Berea.  To learn more and to download an application form, click here.

New Summer Residency Program and Community Writing Workshop
“Living the Ink” with Crystal Wilkinson

The Summer Residency Program at Hopscotch House will offer participants a week long immersion in writing craft, community building and professional development, led by Writer-in-Residence Crystal E. Wilkinson. For more information and application form, click here.

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,

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.



To Contact KFW:
Kentucky Foundation for Women
1215 Heyburn Building
332 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202-2184
Phone: (502) 562-0045
Toll Free: (866) 654-7564

Fax: (502) 561-0420


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Feminist art "is neither a style nor a movement—it’s a value system, a revolutionary strategy, and way of life."

- From The Power of Feminist Art: the American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact


"Artists should believe that there are ways to change the world by making art."

-Ann Stewart Anderson, KFW grantee, former KFW Executive Director


"We have a social and spiritual responsibility to fight for equality. What benefits us if we’re not bringing everyone with us?"

- Penny Sisto, KFW grantee, Fiber Artist


"The women in my family are not powerhouse women in government, but they're good, kind, making it on their own kind of women. They raised me to be who I wanted to be, because that's what feminism is all about, right? Being who you want to be, not having a societal cage."

- Kimberly Lawless, KFW grantee, visual artist