Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 16, 2013

Paramount receives $60K Arts grant

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

FRANKFORT — Representatives of the Paramount Arts Center traveled to the Capitol this week for Arts Day in Kentucky.  

The PAC was presented a Kentucky Arts Partnership grant of $60,649 from the Kentucky General Assembly and the Kentucky Arts Council that will help continue the center’s mission of spreading the performing arts throughout the region.

A symbolic check was presented inside the Rotunda on Wednesday where Executive Director Kathy Timmons Setterman, Development Office Director Jody Collins and Director of Operations Cindy Collins met with Reps. Kevin Sinnette D-Ashland; Rocky Adkins D-Sandy Hook; and Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins, D-West Liberty.

Setterman, who is a member of the Kentucky Arts Council, said the PAC frequently travels to Frankfort to share with lawmakers the center’s efforts and needs and to thank them for funding the Kentucky Arts Council. Setterman is on the board of directors for the council as well.

“It’s an appreciation to them and to let their communities know that this grant has gone toward us helping to make all these things possible,” said Setterman, referring to a fact sheet showing the PAC’s economic impact. Last year there were more than 117,000 visitors to the center and 50,000 children either attended performances at the theatre or in their school. The theater had an economic impact in the community of more than $4 million.

“This grant has gone toward us helping to make all these things possible,” said Setterman. “This money goes directly toward programing. It’s very crucial. We have a lot of programs that don’t really produce a lot of revenue. We have $451,000 we have to raise each year. Part of those are grants and this $50,000 is about 10 percent of extra revenue we have to bring in over and above ticket sales not just to present programs but to preserve the historic building.”

The KAP grant awarded by the council in July is part of $1.7 million in awards to 104 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2013 fiscal year.

Setterman said the PAC has received a KAP grant for the last decade, although the amounts have been shrinking because of higher demand.

“The Arts Council has done such a good job presenting and educating communities that more people are presenting,” she explained, that the PAC is considered a “presenter” because the venue books and produces programs.

Arts Day, she said, is a wonderful opportunity for agencies to meet in Frankfort to educate legislators but also to swap ideas among themselves. Paramount officials, she said, travel to Frankfort frequently to meet with elected officials there and host events at home, too.

“It’s important to be in the face of your legislators and let them know what you are doing,” Setterman said. “Our legislators know all about the Paramount but not everybody else does. So when you come here, you get to meet with other representatives as well,” she said, adding, “We have to remind legislators, each community is benefiting from the arts one way or another.”

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.