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LouisvilleKY among 57 projects to win National Endowment for the Arts grant funds

LOUISVILLE, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer joined community partners last week for two arts announcements: the awarding of a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the completion of the “Love in the Street” public art installation. “Today, we are excited to celebrate the completion of a public art project, Love in the Street, and a grant award that will support more public art in Louisville through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts. Public art plays an important role in the vibrancy of a city. It is art and artists that encourage us to reflect on and…


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Opening Night Goes Orange to Kick Off LouisvilleKY’s Derby Week and Spring Racing

LOUISVILLE, KY – Churchill Downs and Fund for the Arts will kick off Derby week for the fourth year by adding live performances by local artists to the evening of live racing at Opening Night presented by Budweiser. For the second year, the event’s theme will be orange, the color of creativity and encouragement, to celebrate Louisville’s exciting arts community. Guests are encouraged to incorporate orange into their outfit. Opening Night is Saturday, April 27. Tickets are available at www.ChurchillDowns.com. The evening will include more than live 20 performances by more than 150 local actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists throughout the…


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LouisvilleKY and Fund for the Arts announce new mural festival

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, the Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art have announced a transformational two-week mural festival set to launch in fall of 2019. The Imagine Mural Festival will bring talented artists from Louisville and beyond together to create artworks that uncover the untold stories of one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods with the Smoketown neighborhood hosting the mural festival this year. Local artists are encouraged to submit their interests and qualifications by February 15, 2019 via www.fundforthearts.org/mural-festival. The central theme of the Imagine Mural Festival is Lean Into Louisville, a new initiative…


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Linkin’ Bridge fans to gather in LouisvilleKY for “America’s Got Talent” finals viewing party

  Mayor Fischer, Fund for the Arts, WAVE 3 News, and others to join celebration LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) — Mayor Greg Fischer will join local community groups to celebrate Louisville singing group Linkin’ Bridge’s run to the finals on “America’s Got Talent” during a free public viewing party on Wednesday. Linkin’ Bridge — Ekoe Alexanda, Montre Davis, Shon “China” Lacy, and Big Rome Kimbrough — has become a national sensation since first appearing this summer as contestants on the NBC network show. The “America’s Got Talent” Season 11 winner will be announced Wednesday night. The public is invited…


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Louisville KY working on an arts master plan

Louisville, KY (February 8, 2016) – For the first time in more than ten years, the Louisville region is embarking on an exciting 14-month planning process that will result in a master plan to better connect and strengthen our arts and cultural assets over the next decade. In announcing this Louisville Fund for the Arts-backed endeavor, Louisville follows in the footsteps of many major cities that have successfully developed and implemented similar plans, including Chicago, Chattanooga and Denver. To ensure that the plan represents the diversity of our community, it will include an extensive engagement process with opportunities for individuals…


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Louisville Ky’s Fund for the Arts campaign underway

New partnerships with Churchill Downs and Jennifer Lawrence Foundation to raise funds for Louisville arts community   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 2, 2016) – The Fund for the Arts today kicked off its 2016 annual campaign and announced new partnerships with Churchill Downs and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc. The new partnerships bring added star power to the Fund for the Arts’ 2016 campaign to help expand the reach and impact of the arts across Louisville.   The partnership with Churchill Downs will celebrate and raise money for Louisville’s arts community during…


Actors Theatre of Louisville Announces 2015-2016 Season Lineup

From Actors Theatre… Today, in the midst of preparations for one of the nation’s most influential festivals of new work, the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein proudly announce Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2015-2016 Season. The lineup features an exhilarating range of stories including; a work by famed playwright August Wilson, a madcap take on a Gilbert and Sullivan crowd-pleaser, a critically acclaimed hard hitting drama, a charmingly inventive Broadway hit for the whole family, and the return of two of the most popular and beloved holiday shows in the city….


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Pusateri’s FFA Campaign Promises to Be Extremely Different

One couldn’t help but approach yesterday’s 2012 Fund for the Arts Campaign Kickoff and Arts Showcase with an added curiosity. It was, after all, the inaugural fanfare for Louisville’s first arts season in 35 years that has not rolled out under the reign of legendary Allan Cowen. Louisville’s ears have been pricked for signs of transformation. Indeed there would have to be—the Fund for the Arts moving from the leadership of a life-long arts enthusiast who spent his childhood in the concert halls of Pittsburg, to a home-builder-turned-philanthropist with an admitted indifference to classical music. There couldn’t be two personalities…


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Fund for the Arts Listened and Acted

Last week the Fund for the Arts unveiled a new revenue stream for non-profit arts groups in the community. I say, “Way to think outside of the box!” and “Thank you!”  I had the pleasure of going to one of the first demos for the Louisville site Power2give.org. We have to give kudos to Charlotte, North Carolina’s Arts and Science Council for their brainchild, Power2give.org. Charlotte unveiled their site in late August and has seen successful results with funding in their area. What is power2give.org? In a nutshell it is “an online cultural marketplace designed to connect donors with projects…


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Turn Lemons into Lemonade

Why does it always take negativity to shine a light on something that is inherently positive? It’s funny how that works. Most public relations people will tell you there’s no bad publicity. I would agree with that if the P.R. people can spin it correctly. Clearly The Fund for The Arts needs a pr person to step up and help them out. The recent public outrage involving unprofessional answering machine messages left by Allen Cowan at The Fund for The Arts, has shed some public light on the power The Fund for The Arts have in this community. I would…