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Call for Artists: Women Writing African American Horse Stories

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Post Date: July 21, 2020

We are pleased to announce the International Museum of the Horse has been awarded an Art Meets Activism grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women! Funding will be used to hire writers to create nonfiction content for the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry.

This is a critical time to use our power and privilege responsibly. As writers and public historians, we choose to use our voices to illuminate hidden stories that impact our collective humanity for greater understanding, deeper empathy, and thoughtful action. With this in mind, we have chosen to offer the writing contracts to women of color who are based in Kentucky. 

The lead artist, Yvonne Giles, will provide mentorship and model stylistic expectations for writers, as she has experience with the topic and has been an advisor on the project since its inception. We expect to select additional writers who are passionate about the topic. 

Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 3. To apply, send your resume and writing sample to [email protected].

For more information, download the Call for Artists

Anyone who is interested in future opportunities is also welcome to get in touch. We intend to use this initial experience as a pilot project, and to hone our processes for partnering with diverse writers in the future.

The Art Meets Activism program supports a wide variety of individual artists and organizations committed to building on the power of art to increase awareness about feminist issues, alter perceptions, stimulate dialogue, open new spaces for civic participation and imagine new ways to create a more just and equitable Kentucky. The grants are for activities that are artist driven and include the direct participation of individuals and communities. To learn more about Kentucky Foundation for Women and all of the 2020 Art Meets Activism awardees, visit the KFW website. 


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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