KY Place is an independently produced web series that encourages conversations about issues relevant to Kentucky, without shying from taboos. It asks questions and seeks answers while understanding that sometimes there are none.
A place well known for bourbon, coal, fried chicken, and horse racing, the Bluegrass State has become a folksy centerpiece on the national stage that’s commonly misunderstood. Using the shareable nature of the web series format, this series seeks to give voice to those who have been historically marginalized and show that this state – like many places around the world – is complex, diverse, and beautiful.
In just four episodes, we spoke with sixteen individuals who brought their experiences, ideas, and solutions to the table; recognizing both the traditions that bring us together and the obstacles that hold us back.
As a proof of concept, KY Place demonstrates how locally-produced media could function as a catalyst for open discussions—for Kentuckians and for people facing similar challenges elsewhere.
Looking ahead, the future of this series will go where Kentucky goes. Progress starts on the community level, and communities grow when neighbors talk to one another. Consider donating to KY Place and help keep the conversation going.