Nzingha-Beverley Sweeney-Sheppard , the recipient of the 2015 Sallie Bingham Award. This award, named for KFW's founder, honors honors a Kentucky woman who has made outstanding contributions to changing the lives of women in our state through feminist expression in the arts. In selecting Nzingha for this honor, KFW staff and board considered her strong work as an artist, mentor, and long-time KFW Board member and ally. Nzingha is am inspiring feminist artist and cultural worker who has been involved in a wide range of institutional and grassroots social change efforts, and who has held the space of elder and grounding presence on the KFW Board. Nzingha approaches her work with passion and integrity, and has earned deep gratitude and respect from her colleagues at KFW and beyond. She exemplifies the vision of the Foundation as set forth by Sallie Bingham, and our state is better off because of her presence here.
Alexis D. Meza , the inaugural recipient of KFW's new Firestarter Award. The purpose of this award is to honor a young woman who shows meaningful promise in developing as a feminist social change artist, and whose work has the potential to create positive change for women and girls in Kentucky. Alexis was nominated by KFW grantee Diane Kahlo. Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Alexis is a visual artist and recent graduate of Kentucky State University where she studied mass communications and journalism. She is currently developing a radio show as well as a documentary showcasing the experiences, struggles, and contributions of Latino immigrants in Lexington and across Kentucky. We look forward to seeing this inspiring young artist's work as it evolves.
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