About the Grant

$40,000 to support John Malpede's RFK in EKY (MAP 2004), a series of exhibitions, public conversations, and art activities centered around a real-time, site-specific, performance recreating Robert Kennedy’s 1968 visit to Eastern Kentucky.

About the Project

The Robert F. Kennedy Performance Project (RFK in EKY) is a series of public conversations and activities centered around the real-time, site-specific intermedia performance that recreated, on September 9th and 10th 2004, Robert Kennedy's two-day, 200 mile "poverty tour" of southeastern Kentucky in 1968.

The performance provides an opportunity to revisit the essential questions raised in Kennedy's original visit (2004 being, like 1968, a pivotal election year): on the representation of marginalized populations in the national consciousness; the role of government in maintaining a quality-of-life safety net, and fostering sustainable economic development, educational and vocational advancement; ways to stem the out-migration of rural young people and the loss of natural resources; and the priorities of a government administration engaged in a protracted war. RFK in EKY, like Kennedy and those who created his tour, recognizes these questions are part of an important national dialogue for which Appalachia is only one of many possible settings.

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