|Film Arts Foundation (FAF) |
The Film Arts Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, exhibition and distribution of independent film and video. Founded in 1976 by a handful of filmmakers, FAF now has over 3400 members working in film, video and multimedia and in the largest regional organization of independent producers in the country. The Film Arts Foundation was created by a film community that--for all its eclecticism--shares a belief in the power of film to record and preserve cultural heritage, to give voice to disenfranchised communities whose invisibility in the mainstream media is emblematic of their invisibility in mainstream society, and to effect social change. Recent FAF-sponsored projects include the Academy Award nominated films "Las Madres: The Mothers del Plaza de Mayo" by Lourdes Desportillo and Suzana Muoz, and "Regret to Inform" by Barbara Sonneborn. The Film Arts Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor for this film.
Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
KET, the public television station for the state of Kentucky, was founded with the mission to be an educational delivery system that could overcome geographic barriers and economic limitations. Today KET annually provides nearly 150 instructional series (a total of more than 1,500 broadcast hours) to elementary/secondary schools. More than 540,000 public school students (83% of the Kentucky total) and 28,000 teachers (72%) used KET instructional programming in 1994/95. In addition to its educational mission, KET has produced more than 100 original arts programs. They have included the nationally acclaimed Signature series on Kentucky writers, The Great American Brass Band Festival, The Great Kentucky Gospel Shout Out, Tour of Kentucky Folk Music, Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre's production of Jemima Boone: Daughter of Kentucky, and many others. In a recent survey, 83% of Kentuckians identified KET as an "important educational institution," 69% said KET is a "valuable cultural resource," and a majority said it was "an agent for positive change in Kentucky." .
Kentucky Arts Council
The Kentucky Arts Council (KAC), an agency of the Kentucky Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet, was established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1965 by executive order to develop and promote support for the arts in Kentucky. The authority of the KAC is vested in a volunteer citizen board appointed to rotating terms by the Governor. Council members meet regularly in sessions open to the public to set policy and approve expenditures. The statutory purpose of the Council is to develop and promote a broadly conceived state policy of support for the arts in Kentucky and to create and enhanced environment for artists and arts organizations for the creation and presentation of quality artistic products across the state.
Kentucky Humanities Council
Since its creation in 1972, the Kentucky Humanities Council, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributors, has supported public programs in the humanities throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, reaching all 120 counties. To qualify for KHC support, a public program must have the humanities at its center. The humanities are fields of study primarily concerned with values, idea and language--the values we live by, the ideas that organize our thinking, the ways we communicate with each other. The many disciplines of the humanities--history, literature, philosophy, religion, folklore, to name a just a few--encompass the whole of life, in Kentucky and the world. Major Media Grants are awarded once a year.
In 1988, the Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation (established in 1947) merged with the Janet and Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation. Combined, the Fleishhacker foundation has assets of approximately $11.5 million which it grants to two fields: Arts and Culture and Precollegiate Education. The majority of the foundationÕs arts grantmaking takes place through its Small Grants in the Arts funding. The particular emphasis of this program is to support the development and presentation of the work of living Bay Area artists, with new work being the first priority. The Foundation seeks to fund a broad range of arts groups and strives to make grants which represent a diversity of arts disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression, with particular emphasis to the contribution of the work to the community at large.
Pacific Pioneer Fund
Founded in Inverness, California in 1979 by Nancy and Peter Sloss, The Pacific Pioneer Fund is an independent foundation with two areas of interest: 1) to support emerging documentary filmmakers (a person committed to the craft of making documentaries who has demonstrated that commitment by several years of practical film or video experience); and 2) to support programs that address some significant public policy aspect of public school education that cannot be funded from conventional sources. Recent films include "Stonewall Generation", "The Last Zapatista", "Roots in the Sand" and "Lebanon: The Search for the Perfect Playground".