fund for the arts http://wfpl.org en Fund for the Arts Responds to State Funding Cuts http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-responds-state-funding-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week the Kentucky Arts Council, which took a 25 percent reduction in funding for its Arts Partnership grant program <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-arts-groups-told-expect-state-funding-cuts">due to state budget reductions and a return of $600,000 in its earned income to the general fund</a>, announced its 2015 Kentucky Arts Partnership grants. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:11:59 +0000 Erin Keane 9800 at http://wfpl.org Fund for the Arts Responds to State Funding Cuts Fund for the Arts Names Christen Boone President and CEO http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-names-christen-boone-president-and-ceo <p>The Fund for the Arts has named Christen Boone to be its next president and CEO. Boone will join the Fund on July 7 for a transition period until <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-ceo-barbara-sexton-smith-announces-retirement">current president Barbara Sexton Smith retires at the end of August</a>. A 2014 transition was planned when Sexton Smith took the reins of the Fund for the Arts three years ago, following the retirement of longtime leader Allan Cowen.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:24:17 +0000 Erin Keane 9195 at http://wfpl.org Fund for the Arts Names Christen Boone President and CEO Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts http://wfpl.org/post/innovation-award-winner-says-collaboration-future-louisville-arts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Working in the nonprofit arts world isn't for the weak. Competition is stiff - for the limited amount of public and private funding, for audience members, season subscribers and individual donors. But Alison Huff says working together, not against one another, is what's going to allow Louisville's arts community to grow and thrive in the future.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:14:05 +0000 Erin Keane 9123 at http://wfpl.org Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-arts-could-do-more-engage-risk-teens-says-fund-arts-ceo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville continues to seek answers to a recent spurt of teen violence downtown. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/24-security-cameras-are-coming-waterfront-park-following-downtown-louisville-violence">Some say tighter security</a> is the answer. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/anti-racism-group-calls-engagement-not-police-address-louisville-downtown-violence">Others want to see more teenagers engaged in positive pursuits</a>. Fund for the Arts President and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith says the arts are an under-used crime prevention tool for youth.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:18:41 +0000 Erin Keane 9046 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO Fund for the Arts CEO Barbara Sexton Smith Announces Retirement http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-ceo-barbara-sexton-smith-announces-retirement <p></p><p>The leader of the Louisville area’s Fund for the Arts says she’ll retire from the post later this year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barbara Sexton Smith announced today that she’ll leave the job of president and CEO after the 2014 Fund for the Arts campaign. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p>Sexton Smith has been with the organization for 16 years and was appointed three years ago to replace Allen Cowan as CEO.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She says she put off retirement plans to take the job then,&nbsp; and new leadership is part of the Fund’s overall strategic plan.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:51:50 +0000 Rick Howlett 8712 at http://wfpl.org Fund for the Arts CEO Barbara Sexton Smith Announces Retirement Fund for the Arts Connects Louisville Arts Groups With Potential Board Members http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-connects-louisville-arts-groups-potential-board-members <p>Nonprofit cultural groups need active, invested boards of directors to help govern, hire leaders, and raise money. One of the Fund for the Arts’ goals is to prepare young professionals to serve on boards, and one way the Fund helps the two connect is the annual Community Arts Board Fair.</p><p>The concept is a little like speed dating – invite a smallish group of area arts organizations actively recruiting for their boards of directors to set up tables and meet young professionals who are ready to start becoming more actively involved. Hopefully, some matches are made.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:07:26 +0000 Erin Keane 7750 at http://wfpl.org Fund for the Arts Connects Louisville Arts Groups With Potential Board Members Fund for the Arts Crowdfunding Platform Raises $1 Million http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-crowdfunding-platform-raises-1-million <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fund for the Arts&rsquo; </span><a href="http://power2give.org/kentucky/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Power2Give online fundraising platform</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has raised more than $1 million so far for arts and culture projects produced by regional nonprofit organizations.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:02:41 +0000 Erin Keane 6962 at http://wfpl.org Fund for the Arts Crowdfunding Platform Raises $1 Million State Fair Grand Champion Ham Brings $350,000 at Auction http://wfpl.org/post/state-fair-grand-champion-ham-brings-350000-auction <p>The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $350,000 at a charity auction today.&nbsp;</p><p>The sale was conducted during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 50<sup>th</sup> annual country ham breakfast.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">History was made on a couple of fronts at this year’s auction.&nbsp;&nbsp; For the first time in a half-century of sales, the auctioneer was a woman—</span>Danetta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Allen of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:18:46 +0000 Rick Howlett 6567 at http://wfpl.org State Fair Grand Champion Ham Brings $350,000 at Auction Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischers-proposed-cuts-arts-homeless-grants-criticized <p>Leaders from non-profit homeless and arts agencies are criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s decision to reduce the funding levels for their external agencies.</p><p>When the Fischer administration first unveiled its $528 million spending proposal last month, the mayor's office highlighted a 21 percent increase to funding for community ministries.</p><p>It also outlined how external agencies would receive more than $1 million in grants at continued levels from last year.</p><p>Fischer's decision to fund external agencies comes from three panels made up of Metro Council members and mayoral appointees who recommend expenditures for community ministries and social service agencies.</p><p>Those recommendations are in Fischer’s budget proposal without any changes, and citizens who sit on the panels sign agreements to keep the deliberations confidential.</p><p>Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition of the Homeless, says the decision-making process is troubling because groups like hers cannot conference with Fischer's panels to make answer important questions.</p><p>"I definitely don’t think the process is transparent. There isn’t any way for that committee to ask questions of the groups or for them to answer any issues that might come up during the committee meetings. And there’s also not a process to go back to that committee before the announcements are made," she says.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:49:57 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey & Erin Keane 5650 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized Power2Give Raises More Than $700,000 for Regional Arts http://wfpl.org/post/power2give-raises-more-700000-regional-arts <p>The Fund for the Arts launched the online fundraising platform&nbsp;<a href="http://power2give.org/kentucky/projects">Power2Give&nbsp;</a>in Kentucky and Southern Indiana last December. In its first year, the platform has helped raise more than $700,000 in additional funds for the region’s arts organizations.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 2984 at http://wfpl.org Power2Give Raises More Than $700,000 for Regional Arts