The VIPP Report: Fund for the Arts Partners with Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen


LOUISVILLE, KY, DECEMBER 21, 2016- Fund for the Arts is proud to announce its partnership with the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program.  Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen (MKYOT), Chapel Tinius, will serve as an arts ambassador for Fund for the Arts during her term as MKYOT.  This partnership will emphasize the essential need for greater arts education throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program and Fund for the Arts will collaborate in an effort to create more opportunity for the students of Kentucky through the arts.  Both organizations are fully committed to providing the resources necessary to develop the next generation of outstanding leaders.

“I believe that the arts are an important source of the 21st century skills needed to succeed in today’s society,” said Chapel Tinius.  “These 21st century skills include critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and confidence. I have had the privilege to develop these skills through my involvement in theatre and music.  What’s more, I performed a fiddle and vocal medley for the talent portion of my MKYOT competition in June.”

Fund for the Arts supports the development of 21st century skills through funding of arts initiatives for young people in our community.  They have created over 400,000 transformative arts experiences annually for students in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  These 21st century skills allow students to be more successful in their chosen profession and create more innovation throughout our community.  Fund for the Arts also supports the annual Scholastic Arts Awards, as well as offering scholarship and award opportunities, including the William Tolbert Whittenberg Scholarship.

“We are so excited about the partnership between the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program and Fund for the Arts.  Our Organization is about empowering young women, through pageantry, to develop the leadership skills, confidence and network to achieve their biggest goals in life.  Our mission is in perfect alignment with the work that Fund for the Arts does across the Commonwealth and we couldn’t be happier to join forces!” Dr. Ashley D. Miller, Executive Director, Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program, said.  “Arts exposure and participation is instrumental to the development of our next generation of leaders and we’re thrilled to combine our platform with theirs to make a greater impact.”

More information about scholarship opportunities through Fund for the Arts can be found online at .  For information about competing in the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant, visit

About 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

About Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant  The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time! The pageant will be held May 26th-28th in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  For more information, visit


The VIPP Report: Kentucky’s own DB Bourbon Candy “Sweetens” the Presidential Inaugural Celebration in Washington, D.C.


Immediate Release

December 19, 2016

(Frankfort, KY) As the president-elect Donald Trump transitions his new team to move into the White House, there will be plenty of celebration surrounding the inaugural events in Washington, D.C.   A piece of the “Bluegrass” will be a part of the celebration.

Kentucky’s own DB Bourbon Candy, LLC will be a part of the Veterans Inaugural Ball, hosted by The American Legion which will be held on January 20, 2017, the evening of the inauguration.  The ball will be held at the Renaissance Hotel.  DB Bourbon Candy will provide delicious treats to some 900 guests including 40 Medal of Honor recipients who will be honored at the event.

Robyn Stuart, owner of DB Bourbon Candy, LLC and a Gulf War Veteran says “I served my country as part of the branch of the Army. It taught me resiliency, discipline and the strength to overcome adversity.  So, when I was invited by Verna Jones, the American Legion Executive Director to be a part of one of the oldest balls associated with the inauguration I didn’t hesitate to say “yes”.  I support the military and as a veteran, I’m committed to serve in any capacity they need me.”

Stuart goes on to say “My team and I will fly to Washington to participate in the ball as well as other inauguration events as the world watches the 45th President of the United States of America take the oath. We are honored to be asked to be a part of such a historic event. I would like to thank Four Roses Distillery for supporting my business not only for this event but every major event we’ve presented to them.”

Here’s the itinerary of Team DB Bourbon, LLC for the Veterans Inaugural Ball:

  • 5:30 pm Reception
  • 6:30 pm Dinner & Dessert
  • 10:00 pm Live Entertainment & Dancing

DB Bourbon Candy has participated in some of the biggest events across the U.S. from three invites to the Academy Awards, Emmys, Breeder’s Cup Taste of the World at Winstar, Chris Tucker Celebrity Golf Tournament, Barbara Streisand Fundraiser, Chris Everett Charity event, Soul Train Awards, Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame and many Kentucky Derby events like Barnstable-Brown Gala, Grand Gala and 100 Black Men of Louisville.

DB Bourbon Candy, LLC can be found in various locations throughout Kentucky in Liquor Barn and the Kroger Company. You can always visit their site at

In 2002, Stuart started her business after the passing of her mother.   During the holidays, her mother would create the delicious treat as a family tradition. Robyn wanted to honor her mother in some way so she decided to start the business and make the original candy recipe apart of her business. With the support of Four Roses Distillery, Louisville Convention Center and Bourbon Country as well as the many events and activities she participates in everyone loves to see the wonderful creation that she produces.  From initially starting with candy the business has grown into developing other products such as chocolate covered fruit, cheesecakes to chocolate covered popcorn.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or invite DB Bourbon to your next event, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at


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The VIPP Report: Staged reading about a father’s grief over senseless violence and the murder of his young daughter




(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the University of Louisville Theatre Program and the Black Media Collaborative, (BMC) presents Zooman and the Sign.

The GRIOT Theatre Series will also hold a community conversation immediately following the reading.  It will take place on Friday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the KCAAH, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Zooman and the Sign is based on a teen in Philadelphia who literally terrorized his community.  The play focuses on Zooman’s senseless murder of a 12-year old African American girl in front of her house with a street filled with witnesses all whom are afraid to talk.  The grieving father posted a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of the ever escalating violence and the family’s attempts for justice.

The play was written over three decades ago but unfortunately many communities across the United States still face the “Zooman” mentality.

In an attempt to facilitate a community conversation about violence the persists in our community there will be a conversation where Dr. Eddie Wood of the LIFE Hope Center Inc. and Rashaad Abdur-Rahman of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods will moderate a panel discussion after the reading of Zooman and the Sign.

For additional information on how you can be a part of the Black Media Collaborative, please call 502-583-4100.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203. Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

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