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FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded grants to eight Kentucky schools to pay for transportation to and from arts-related field trips for students through the popular TranspARTation Grant.

The TranspARTation Grant is awarded quarterly by the arts council. The program is now in its fourth year. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. This round of grant funding is for trips scheduled between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2016.

Saint Gregory Elementary School in Nelson County received a grant to pay for transportation to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts to see Stage One Family Theatre’s production of “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank.”

“This grant was actually recommended to me by Stage One,” said Paula Cecil, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Saint Gregory Elementary. “We are close to Bardstown, so it’s very expensive for us to get a bus to take our students to these venues, and we’re taking two busloads.”

The opportunity to see the production fits in perfectly with Cecil’s lesson plans. Her students are reading Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” and the screenplay to the film “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

“For our students to see a professional production of this play brings the story to life for them,” Cecil said. “And when we can cover transportation costs, it makes it more affordable for parents to send their children on these field trips. The cost savings also may allow us to schedule another field trip later in the year.”

Schools that received grants, listed by county, arts activity and amount awarded, are:

  • Bowen Elementary, Jefferson County, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” presented by Stage One Family Theatre at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, $192
  • Lyon County Elementary School, Lyon County, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra: Planets-A Musical Tour of Our Solar System at The Carson Center, $280
  • Maryville Elementary School, Bullitt County, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” presented by Stage One Family Theatre, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, $180
  • Mt. Washington Middle School, Bullitt County, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” presented by Stage One Family Theatre at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, $400
  • Saffell Street Elementary School, Anderson County, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” presented by Stage One Family Theatre at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, $440
  • Saint Gregory Elementary, Nelson County, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” presented by Stage One Family Theatre at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, $272
  • Sedalia Elementary School, Graves County, “Skippyjon Jones Snow What” presented by The Carson Center, $140
  • Waggener High School, Jefferson County, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” presented by Stage One Family Theatre at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, $196

Any Kentucky public or private school that supports grades pre-K through 12 may apply for a TranspARTation Grant. There are three application periods per year for TranspARTation funding. The next deadline is May 17 for field trips taken July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

Schools receiving TranspARTation Grants must attend arts events presented by one of many preapproved TranspARTation organizations.

For more information about applying for a TranspARTation Grant, visit the TranspARTation webpage, or contact Jean St. John, arts council arts education director, at jean.stjohn@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext. 486.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.