Caverna Principal Tina Southwood, DDKY President & CEO Cliff Maesaka, FFTA Senior VP JP Davis, and Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen Chapel Tinius

Caverna Principal Tina Southwood, DDKY President & CEO Cliff Maesaka, FFTA Senior VP JP Davis, and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Chapel Tinius

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

Bowling Green, KY (March 7, 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
  46. Kimper Elementary
  47. Knott County Central High School
  48. Leatherwood Elementary
  49. Lee County Elementary School
  50. Leslie County High School
  51. Letcher Elementary School
  52. Lincoln County High School
  53. Lynn Camp Middle School
  54. Madison Middle School
  55. Mayfield Middle School
  56. McKinney Elementary School
  57. McLean County Middle School
  58. Meece Middle School
  59. Memorial Elementary
  60. Metcalfe County Middle School
  61. Middlesboro High Schooll
  62. Mt. Vernon Elementary
  63. Muhlenberg County High School
  64. Murray Elem
  65. North Calloway Elementary
  66. North Hancock Elementary School
  67. Oak Grove Elementary School
  68. Pineville Independent Schools
  69. Pleasant View Elementary
  70. Porter Elementary
  71. Prestonsburg Elementary
  72. Robinson Elementary School
  73. Rosspoint Elementary and Middle School
  74. Sand Gap Elementary
  75. Sebree Elementary
  76. Somerset High School
  77. South Floyd
  78. Stinnett Elementary
  79. Tompkinsville Elementary School
  80. Tyner Elementary School
  81. Union County High School
  82. University Heights Academy
  83. Viper Elementary
  84. Warfield Elementary School
  85. West Broadway Elementary School
  86. Whitley County East Elementary School
  87. Whitley County High School
  88. Wingo Elementary School
  89. 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

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