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Delta Dental of Kentucky Doubles Down on Arts in Education with Expanded Initiative in Western Kentucky

The Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative will deliver impactful arts in education programs in both Western and Eastern Kentucky schools
LOUISVILLE, KY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016– Arts in education programming is coming to Western Kentucky schools thanks to an expanded program from Delta Dental of Kentucky and Fund for the Arts. The Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative launches for a second year after a successful first year where 17,500 students from Jefferson County Public Schools and Eastern Kentucky received enriching arts experiences. During 2016-2017, Delta Dental of Kentucky and Fund for the Arts will now be able provide arts in education programs for an estimated 10,000 additional students in two regions of the Commonwealth, including 27 Eastern Kentucky counties and 34 Western Kentucky counties.
Teachers in Western and Eastern Kentucky counties have the opportunity to apply for grants that bring transformative arts experiences to students via Each of these programs is connected to the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s core education content and complement what students are learning in classrooms.
Delta Dental of Kentucky’s investment of $200,000 to the Fund allows for a broadened arts reach by serving more constituents across the Commonwealth. Through Delta Dental’s Making Smiles Happen® $100,000 commitment last school year, Fund for the Arts was able expand its reach to an additional 74 schools in 23 Kentucky counties through 105 grants in Jefferson County and Eastern Kentucky. Delta Dental of Kentucky pledged an additional $100,000 as part of the 2016 Awards in the Arts, a signature event that raises funds for the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts (JLAF). JLAF supports the mission of Fund for the Arts and the key objectives identified by the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation (a component fund of The Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc.) which are to promote and support arts excellence, access, and education. Delta Dental of Kentucky has impacted the arts community through Fund for the Arts since 1992 with over $350,000 in grants and donations. 
“Delta Dental is thrilled to expand our partnership with Fund for the Arts in the 2016-2017 school year,” said Delta Dental of Kentucky COO and Fund for the Arts Board Member, Tammy York-Day. “We believe that the arts are a viable and essential tool to improve the overall health of Kentucky kids.”
When it comes to improving oral health, the arts play a unique role. Two key determinants of health are a lack of oral health information and an individual’s level of education. The Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative addresses both of these determinants by reaching thousands of students across the Commonwealth, increasing access to the arts and oral health education.
“Thanks to the generosity of Delta Dental of Kentucky, we can now inspire and empower students through the arts in Western Kentucky, as well,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “Fund for the Arts is committed to inspiring student success by working with innovative partners like Delta Dental of Kentucky to ensure that every student has access to meaningful arts in education experiences.”
Educators in Eastern and Western Kentucky will have until December 12, 2016 at 5 PM to submit their applications for consideration through Awards will be made in early 2017.
Private and public K-12 schools in the following western Kentucky counties may apply:
Allen, Ballard, Barren, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, and Webster
Private and public K-12 schools in the following southeastern Kentucky counties may apply:
Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe
About the Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations and arts in education. Fund for the Arts also hosts the nationally recognized NeXt leadership development program for young professionals, and leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector. For more information, visit

About Delta Dental of Kentucky Making Smiles Happen®:
Making Smiles Happen® is Delta Dental of Kentucky’s commitment to serving the community and its residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the residents of Kentucky, Making Smiles Happen® provides charitable support to a variety of non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of the culture at Delta Dental and Making Smiles Happen® allows it to support, not only groups aimed at improving oral health, but non-profits important to our employees and the communities they serve. And while their primary focus is to ensure that Kentuckians of all ages have exceptional access to oral care, they are open to partnering with any organization that supports a healthy lifestyle and an improved well-being.

About Delta Dental:
Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively is among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation: Delta Dental Plans Association. In 2013, the enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental care for 12.1 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington, Hills, Mich.; Sherwood and Little Rock, Ark.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; and Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn. For more information, visit,