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by Blair,Andrea Ellice last modified Sep 27, 2011 03:27 PM

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The Fund for the Arts was founded in 1949 by Mayor Charles Farnsley as an umbrella fundraising organization in support of the Arts with a focus on economic development, education and quality of life for our citizens.

62 years later our mission remains the same.
Together through the Arts, we create a great American city!
We generate and facilitate support!
We lead innovation, inspire excellence and promote effective resource utilization!
We build bridges and community connections!

Cultural Partners

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
  • Kentucky Opera Association
  • Kentucky Shakespeare
  • Louisville Ballet
  • Louisville Orchestra
  • Louisville Theatrical Association
  • Louisville Visual Art Association
  • Louisville Youth Choir
  • Louisville Youth Orchestra
  • Shared Services Organization
  • Stage One Family Theatre
  • Walden Theatre
  • West Louisville Performing Arts Academy
  • W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre/ArtSpace


  • Arts Showcase Louisville
  • Clark Memorial Hospital Ogle Center Series
  • Community Arts Partnerships
  • EVERY CHILD Arts Education Initiative
  • 5x5
  • Cultural Partner Educational Programs
  • Hear the Music
  • PNC/Fund for the Arts Teacher Arts Grants
  • School's Out = Art's In
  • James S. Welch, Sr. Leadership Award
  • NeXt!
  • Scholastic Arts Awards
  • Whittenberg Young Artist Scholarships
  • Yum! Brands, Inc./Fund for the Arts Family Series


Arts make our community

Because you support the Fund for the Arts you can go to over 1,000 world-class events, exhibits, productions and performances each year. From Actors Theatre to the PNC Bank Broadway Series--it's all right here in your own hometown. Take the kids and go see Stage One or enjoy an intimate night of grandeur at the Brown Theatre for a Kentucky Opera performance. Your gift brings these experiences to life. And if your kids want to get involved in the performing arts, Louisville is the best place in America for them! The Louisville Youth Orchestra, Louisville Youth Choir and Walden Theatre are all right here. The list goes on and on all because you support the Fund for the Arts.

Give. It's simple.

When you give to the Fund for the Arts, you do more than help generate an Arts economy of over $259 million in local economic activity. You do more than support Arts education for over 400,000 schoolchildren. Your participation helps give life to the very meaning of what makes our hometown one of the very best cities in which to live in America.

Get. It's easy.

When you get involved with the Fund for the Arts in your neighborhood, workplace, or child's school, you provide incredible support of our Arts and you help and encourage others to do the same. Did you realize more than 1.5 million people are reached by the Arts each year in our community? That's because people in our community get it.

Our schoolteachers support our Arts more than in any other place in America. Our firefighters, corrections officers and police officers are all leadership donors to the Fund for the Arts! And, where else but here do volunteers from JeffBoat to Jewish Hospital, Norton Healthcare and Baptist Hospital line up to enlist their fellow workers to support our Arts?


Enjoy discounts with your ArtsCARD

For your gift of $52 or more to Fund for the Arts, you can receive an ArtsCARD—good for discounts on Arts tickets and merchandise all around town! To request your card, go to


Find out more about the Fund for the Arts by visiting or contact Ellen Grinstead Yunker at 502-582-0124.

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