For 40 years, the International Order of EARS has been part of the arts and cultural landscape in the Greater Louisville community, producing the Kentucky Homefront radio show and the Corn Island Storytelling Festival.
“Tell Your Story; Sing Your Song” seeks to continue that heritage by presenting high quality, professional musicians, storytellers and writers to local audiences through live concerts and radio broadcasts. This activity has a dual purpose: to support local artists by providing a virtual radio ‘front porch’ for sharing their creativity with a larger audience, and to provide performances and workshops for under-served audiences in Jefferson County Public Schools and local at-risk youth facilities. This program seeks to inspire and develop skills in artists and their audiences for creating, preserving and performing their own stories and songs. Through providing quality performance experiences and working with other professionals we inspire our performers to continue to develop their skills and move on to higher levels of professionalism.
As arts education and programming for public schools are increasingly being devalued and targeted for budget cuts, this funding will allow us to continue working with our established partners: University of Louisville, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, JCPS, Metro Government, Louisville Public Radio, Blackacre State Nature Conservancy, and the Kentucky Storytelling Association to offset that trend by providing both entertainment and artist development to a wide and culturally diverse audience.
Selected youth storytellers and musicians from the participating institutions will be given the opportunity to perform alongside experienced professional artists at one or more of the events we produce including the Kentucky Homefront Radio Show (WFPK 91.9 Radio Louisville) and the Corn Island Storytelling Festival.