barbara sexton smith http://wfpl.org en 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 Americans for the Arts Honors Fund for the Arts CEO http://wfpl.org/post/americans-arts-honors-fund-arts-ceo <p>Fund for the Arts president and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith will receive one of six &nbsp;annual arts leadership awards this week from&nbsp;<a href="http://americansforthearts.org/">Americans for the Arts</a>, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts and arts education. Sexton Smith will be presented with the Michael Newton Award Saturday at the organization's annual conference in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:33:05 +0000 Erin Keane 5716 at http://wfpl.org Americans for the Arts Honors Fund for the Arts CEO 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 Fund for the Arts President Barbara Sexton Smith on Funding Priorities http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-president-barbara-sexton-smith-funding-priorities <p>Fund for the Arts President and CEO, Barbara Sexton Smith, joined WFPL&#39;s Erin Kean on Friday&#39;s Byline to talk about the evolution of the organization and its funding priorities.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 763 at http://wfpl.org Fund for the Arts Names Smith President, CEO http://wfpl.org/post/fund-arts-names-smith-president-ceo <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); line-height: 22px; ">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.fundforthearts.com/" style="line-height: 22px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(35, 97, 161); ">Fund for the Arts</a><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;board of directors announced today their unanimous decision to approve Barbara Sexton Smith as president and CEO of the organization. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 55 at http://wfpl.org Fund for the Arts Names Smith President, CEO