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Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Fund for the Arts Responds to State Funding Cuts

Christen Boone, President and CEO, Fund for the Arts
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This week the Kentucky Arts Council, which took a 25 percent reduction in funding for its Arts Partnership grant program due to state budget reductions and a return of $600,000 in its earned income to the general fund, announced its 2015 Kentucky Arts Partnership grants. Nearly all groups in Jefferson County saw a reduction in funding (see yesterday's article), including the Fund for the Arts.

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fund for the Arts Names Christen Boone President and CEO

Christen Boone
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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 current president Barbara Sexton Smith retires at the end of August. 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.

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Arts and Humanities
9:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts

Alison Huff with Allan Cowen, former president of the Fund for the Arts.
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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. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO

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Louisville continues to seek answers to a recent spurt of teen violence downtown. Some say tighter security is the answer. Others want to see more teenagers engaged in positive pursuits. Fund for the Arts President and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith says the arts are an under-used crime prevention tool for youth. 

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Local News
10:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Fund for the Arts CEO Barbara Sexton Smith Announces Retirement

The leader of the Louisville area’s Fund for the Arts says she’ll retire from the post later this year.

Barbara Sexton Smith announced today that she’ll leave the job of president and CEO after the 2014 Fund for the Arts campaign.    

Sexton Smith has been with the organization for 16 years and was appointed three years ago to replace Allen Cowan as CEO.    She says she put off retirement plans to take the job then,  and new leadership is part of the Fund’s overall strategic plan.

Sexton Smith told WFPL  she plans to stay active in the arts.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fund for the Arts Connects Louisville Arts Groups With Potential Board Members

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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.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fund for the Arts Crowdfunding Platform Raises $1 Million

The Fund for the Arts’ Power2Give online fundraising platform has raised more than $1 million so far for arts and culture projects produced by regional nonprofit organizations. 

In crowdfunding, individuals give online directly to a project, like helping an organization renovate a rehearsal or studio space. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two popular crowdfunding platforms, but Power2Give focuses on arts and cultural nonprofits within a specific region. 

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Local News
1:18 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

State Fair Grand Champion Ham Brings $350,000 at Auction

Miss Kentucky Jenna Day displays the 2013 grand champion country ham.
Rick Howlett

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $350,000 at a charity auction today. 

The sale was conducted during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 50th annual country ham breakfast.

History was made on a couple of fronts at this year’s auction.   For the first time in a half-century of sales, the auctioneer was a woman—Danetta Allen of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

And the 13.3 pound ham was bought by a first-time bidder, Yum Brands Foundation, the charity arm of the Louisville-based fast food company.

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4:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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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.

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.

It also outlined how external agencies would receive more than $1 million in grants at continued levels from last year.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Power2Give Raises More Than $700,000 for Regional Arts

A new campaign by the Louisville Visual Art Association to raise $6,000 for an Open Doors art exhibit.

The Fund for the Arts launched the online fundraising platform Power2Give 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.

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