Arts and Culture

The University of Louisville has signed a new one-year contract with former Fund for the Arts CEO Allan Cowen. Cowen is exploring partnerships between the university and the arts community. 

Cowen signed on with the University in January for a six-month, $50,000 contract to help the university determine, among other things, whether the university would exercise its option to buy the downtown land previously slated for the Museum Plaza development.

University spokesman Mark Hebert says the new contract was offered to give the university more time to fully explore possible partnerships between the arts and culture community and the university, including a presence downtown. Cowen will also raise money for new initiatives that arise from these collaborations.

He will be paid $150,000 from private funds for one year of work. The university is not announcing any formal plans or initiatives related to Cowen’s work at this time.

Cowen left the Fund for the Arts last year after a controversy over his gruff demeanor in dealing with several arts organizations.