FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2013) – Frankfort-based Joanna Hay of Joanna Hay Productions Inc. is the recipient of an award presented by the national Oral History Association. The 2013 OHA Award was presented to the independent producer for her Frankfort Public Art Tour project, sponsored in part by the Kentucky Historical Society.
The project was conceived and overseen by Hay and her associate, Judy Sizemore. It documents a representative sampling of public art treasures – including oral histories – found throughout Frankfort. The tour can be accessed online or from a smartphone at http://www.frankfortpublicart.com/, where viewers will find a map showing the location of each item on the tour plus additional images, audio and other information.
The Kentucky Historical Society, through the Kentucky Oral History Commission, serves as the archival repository for the oral history collections included on the tour. In addition, the society provided training for Kentucky State University students who assisted with the interviews and processing of the collection.
Hay’s award was presented during the OHA’s annual meeting in October, held in Oklahoma City. Sarah Milligan, Kentucky Oral History Commission program administrator at the KHS, accepted the award on Hay’s behalf.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.