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Lexington's Carnegie Center Wins National Design / Space Awards

By Elizabeth Kramer


Lexington, KY – The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington received $10,000 as part of the competitive 2009 MetLife Innovative Space Awards.
It was one of six groups nationwide recognized by the MetLife Foundation and Leveraging Investments in Creativity, an organization aimed at improving conditions for artists.

The center is in the former Lexington Public Library and offers programming for professional writers and activities to improve literacy levels.

Executive director Jan Isenhour says the money will help the center do more for artists.

Ten thousand dollars is a wonderful boost because we hadn't expected to have that this fiscal year. And that gives us a little bit of breathing room to do something creative and special with that money.

The award was initiated to recognize outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable space for artists.