EcoART Grants

EcoART Grants FY2013

The Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works has budgeted funds to establish the EcoArt Grant Program for non-profits, public and private schools and individual artist to encourage environmental art projects that will creatively educate local citizens about environmental issues and responsibility. 

The following award recommendations are submitted to the Urban County Council for the approval to fund the proposed projects under the program.


 Andrew Light:  Sculpture in the Distillery District

 Art-At-The-Cathedral:  We are Water

 Carnegie Center for Literacy & LearningEnvironmental Awareness Month

 Christine KuhnArt Walk and Treasure Swap

 Diane KahloMosaic Mural

 Institute 193Gallery installation & Educational Workshop

 Lexington Children’s TheatreHeap it On Eco-Drama

 Living Arts & Science CenterCardboard Creations

 Louis GuidaCane Run: A Vital Waterway

 Morton Middle ScheduleUpcycling Technique

 Nori HallWatersheds in Fayette County Photo display

 Sonja BrooksHistorical Paper Doll Display

 Stephen R. MooreBluegrass Wild Digital Display

 Tonya VanceBagtastic Display

 The Learning Center (Linlee)Outdoor Environmental Sculpture

 University of Kentucky Art MuseumgARTening Project


EcoART Grants 2010 Awarded

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Department of Enviromental Quality in partnership with LexArts, launched the EcoArt program in which nonporfit groups, schools and individual artists applied for up to $5,000 in grants to fund their arts projects addressing environmental issues.

"The EcoArt Program will help us creatively connect citizens with their environment, encourage environmental responsibility and promote sustainable ways to live and work," Mayor Jim Newberry said.  "A sculpture, painting or a performance can reach our community in ways that will make a lasting impression."

$75,000 was awarded through the program whose goal is to educate the public on issues ranging from energy conservation, water quality, recycling and litter.

"LexArts is delighted to partner with the Department of Environmental Quality on this initiative," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of LexArts.  "I am confident that this demonstrates how our local artists can contribute sustantially to issues directly impacting our quality of life in the Bluegrass."

Applicants were encouraged to submit proposals that involve youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

The recipients of the 2010 EcoART grants are:

Made You Look! Storm Drain Art Project - Blake Eames Design
Visual artists address water contamination via storm drains.

Friendly Garden - Bluegrass Homeschool Learning Center
Performing and visual artists address water run-off and sustainability via performance and community garden.

Eco-Friendly - Chrysalis House
Visual artists address recycling via recycling containers.

Cycle of Plastics - citizensCREATE!
Visual artists address recycling via sculpture and street furniture.

The Insightful Knitter - Jan Durham
Visual artist addresses sustainability via visual art exhibit and hands on demonstrations.

Peanuts, The Tree - Murray Dwertman
Visual artist addresses waste related to consumption via gallery installation.

Fayette Mosaice: Students Striving Towards a Sustainable Community - Fayette County Schools, Meadowthorpe Elementary
Visual artists adress recycling via mosaic.

Art Components of the Children's Garden - Higdon-Strecker Studio
Visual artists work with children to develop artistic hand rails for the Arboretum.

193 and Robert Morgan - Institute 193
Visual artists address recycling via visual art exhibition.

Shaped by Water - Kentucky River Keeper
Visual and literary artists adress water quality via forum and exhibition.

Poetry and Prose in the Park - Kentucky Young Writers Connection
Literary artists address preservation of natural environment via workshops and readings.

Good Green, Be Clean - Hui Chi Lee
Visual artist addresses consumerism via gallery installation.

LHS Area Environmental concert - Lafayette High School Orchestra
Musicians celebrate Earth Day via musical performance.

DaVinci Pavilion - Living Arts & Science Center
Architects and youth address recycling via construction of pavilion made of recycled materials.

The Recylcable Garden - Lexington Day Treatment Center
Youth and landscape artists address water run-off via a rain garden.

Cafeteria Mural - Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary
Visual artists address recycling via mural.

Millcreek Stream Project - Millcreek Elementary
Visual and literary artists address water quality issues via trail signage.

Green Leaves - Providence Montessori
Visual artists address water cycles via fountain.

Love Where You Live - Repairers Lexington / East 7th Street Center
Youth photographers address litter via photography exhibition.

Teaching Posts Program - Seedleaf
Visual and literart artists address sustainabliity via signage for community garden.

LexTree - Sts. Peter and Paul Regional Catholic School
Youth performing and visual artists address identification and conservation of trees via theatrical performance and visual art exhibition.
If you have any questions contact Nathan Zamarron at 859.255.2951 or nzamarron@lexarts.org.