Louisville Youth Orchestra is just one group receiving funding through Fund for the Arts.
Louisville Youth Orchestra is just one group receiving funding through Fund for the Arts.

Despite the shocking implosion of a major Louisville arts group this week, the news is mostly good this week in the arts community.

Especially regarding how generous a town this is. The Fund for the Arts marked a record campaign yesterday evening in a Shakespearless Central Park.

The Fund for the Arts 2013 campaign raised its target goal of $8.2 million, an increase about $56,000 above last year’s $8.14 million, according to a fund news release.

Barbara Sexton Smith, Fund for the Arts president and CEO, emceed the show with Greg Heitzman, Louisville Water Co. president.

Heitzman is the 2013 Fund for the Arts Campaign chairman.

Top contributors included:

1. Humana Inc.

2. Brown-Forman

3. Yum! Brands, Inc.

4. Jefferson County Public Schools

5. Norton Healthcare

6. KentuckyOne Health

7. LG&E and KU Energy, IBEW Local 2100

8. Fifth Third Bank

9. PNC Bank

10. Republic Bank

11. Frost Brown Todd

12. American Commercial Lines/Jeffboat

In a June 27 post, Fund executives laid out for IL what $8.2 million can do:

• $8.2 million provides 400,000 arts experiences for school children in our community.

• $8.2 million provides arts programming in local community centers to keep kids doing something safe and productive after school.

• $8.2 million provides operational support to groups like Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet, which generate economic activity and drive tourism to our region. 

So, get ready for another great year of performing arts and cultural events.

About Fund for the Arts: Fund for the Arts is the oldest united arts fund in the country and has generated more than $188 million since its establishment in 1949. In 2012, the Fund for the Arts awarded 417 grants to various organizations throughout the region to provide financing for arts experiences and administrative support.

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