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Students in Eastern and Western Kentucky to receive 24,000 Arts Experiences Through Delta Dental of Kentucky and Fund for the Arts Program

Through the Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative students will receive impactful Arts in Education programs

Bowling Green, KY (March 6, 2017) In partnership with Delta Dental of Kentucky and Fund for the Arts, $90,000 has been granted to 89 schools in Eastern and Western Kentucky in the second year of The Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative. This grant creates an estimated 24,960 arts experiences for students in 40 Western and Eastern Kentucky counties in 2017.

In November 2016, Delta Dental of Kentucky announced a $100,000 donation to Fund for the Arts to create The Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to create arts experiences for students of all grade levels in Southeastern and Western Kentucky. Each program is connected to the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s core education content and is a complement to current student curriculum. Programming is provided by Fund for the Arts Cultural Partners.

“Delta Dental has a long history with Fund for the Arts that dates back to 1992. Our commitment to the arts community will continue because we believe that the arts are a viable and essential tool to improve the overall health of Kentucky kids,” said Delta Dental of Kentucky COO and Fund for the Arts Board Member, Tammy York-Day. “We are proud to support the efforts of Fund for the Arts to create a better tomorrow for Louisville, by building the foundation today.  Education is the key to unlock our children’s potential and Delta Dental is helping open that door to success.”

The Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative allows Fund for the Arts to broaden its reach by serving constituents across the Commonwealth. Through Delta Dental’s Making Smiles Happen® commitment, Fund for the Arts will be able to reach an additional 12,000 children in 100 classrooms throughout the Commonwealth.  

“Fund for the Arts is able to take a major step in bringing transformative Arts in education experiences outside of the Louisville area through the generosity of Delta Dental of Kentucky, said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “The Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative gives Cultural Providers the opportunity to expand their impact in Eastern Kentucky in a meaningful way. We’re grateful to Delta Dental of Kentucky for helping us inspire student success across the Commonwealth of Kentucky through the Arts.”

“We’re grateful for this investment in the Southeastern Kentucky region. The Fund for the Arts and Delta Dental of Kentucky are providing wonderful opportunities for our schools and students to experience the arts,” said Phil Osborne, SOAR Tourism, Arts and Heritage Committee Chair.

Schools Receiving Delta Dental Making Smiles Happen® Arts in Education Initiative Grants:
  1. Adams Middle School
  2. Allen Central High School
  3. Barbourville High School
  4. Belfry High School
  5. Bell County High School
  6. Bell County School District
  7. Betsy Layne Elementary
  8. Black Mountain Elementary
  9. Bonnieville Elementary School (Pre - 8th)
  10. Breathitt High School
  11. Caverna Elementary School
  12. Caverna High School
  13. Cawood Elementary
  14. Clay Elementary
  15. Corbin Elementary
  16. Corbin High School
  17. Corbin Intermediate School
  18. Corbin Middle School
  19. Corbin Primary School
  20. Country Heights Elementary
  21. Crab Orchard Elementary
  22. Cub Run Elementary
  23. Dewitt Elementary
  24. Earlington Elementary
  25. East Bernstadt Independent School
  26. Edmonson County High School
  27. Estill County Middle School
  28. Estill Springs Elementary
  29. Evarts Elementary School
  30. Flat Gap
  31. Flat Lick Elementary School
  32. Franklin-Simpson High School
  33. Goose Rock Elementary
  34. Graves County Central Elementary
  35. Greenwood High School
  36. Hancock County HIgh School
  37. Hayes Lewis Elementary
  38. Hazard High School
  39. Hazard Middle School
  40. Hazel Green Elementary
  41. Jackson County Middle School
  42. Jesse D. Lay Elementary
  43. Jesse Stuart Elementary
  44. Joe Harrison Carter Elementary
  45. John Paul II Catholic School
  1. Kimper Elementary
  2. Knott County Central High School
  3. Leatherwood Elementary
  4. Lee County Elementary School
  5. Leslie County High School
  6. Letcher Elementary School
  7. Lincoln County High School
  8. Lynn Camp Middle School
  9. Madison Middle School
  10. Mayfield Middle School
  11. McKinney Elementary School
  12. McLean County Middle School
  13. Meece Middle School
  14. Memorial Elementary
  15. Metcalfe County Middle School
  16. Middlesboro High Schooll
  17. Mt. Vernon Elementary
  18. Muhlenberg County High School
  19. Murray Elem
  20. North Calloway Elementary
  21. North Hancock Elementary School
  22. Oak Grove Elementary School
  23. Pineville Independent Schools
  24. Pleasant View Elementary
  25. Porter Elementary
  26. Prestonsburg Elementary
  27. Robinson Elementary School
  28. Rosspoint Elementary and Middle School
  29. Sand Gap Elementary
  30. Sebree Elementary
  31. Somerset High School
  32. South Floyd
  33. Stinnett Elementary
  34. Tompkinsville Elementary School
  35. Tyner Elementary School
  36. Union County High School
  37. University Heights Academy
  38. Viper Elementary
  39. Warfield Elementary School
  40. West Broadway Elementary School
  41. Whitley County East Elementary School
  42. Whitley County High School
  43. Wingo Elementary School
  44. WR Castle Elementary
About Delta Dental of Kentucky and Making Smiles Happen®:

Delta Dental of Kentucky is committed to bright smiles and healthy lifestyles for its 700,000 enrollees and the communities we serve. Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively are among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation. Our network of provides gives our customers access to high-quality, affordable dental care.

Making Smiles Happen® is Delta Dental of Kentucky’s promise to serve our communities and residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the citizens of Kentucky, this initiative supports many non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of our culture at Delta Dental, and Making Smiles Happen enables this support to be given to organizations that champion a better quality of life for citizens throughout the Commonwealth.

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