L-R: Idris Goodwin of StageOne Family Theatre; Keith Inman of Kosair Charities; Brett Bachman of Heuser Hearing & Language Academy; Christen Boone of the Fund for the Arts; Mayor Greg Fischer; and students and staff from Heuser Hearing & Language. | Courtesy of Fund for the Arts

At least for the foreseeable future, the children of Louisville and beyond will have access to the arts thanks in part to Kosair Charities, which has given a multiyear, $1 million grant to the Fund For the Arts. That grant was announced at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

The new funding helps strengthen the Fund for the Arts and allows the nonprofit to reach further into other Kentucky communities. It will provide arts programming and educational experiences for children in Louisville and nearby counties, which is a key initiative of the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan that aims to increase access to the arts for the next generation.

“We’re humbled by Kosair Charities’ remarkable investment and grateful for the immense opportunity this grant represents,” Christen Boone, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts, said in a news release. “Their commitment ensures impactful arts experiences for our region’s youngest members and, in doing so, creates a foundation for our arts community for years to come.”

Fund for the Arts received a $1 million grant from Kosair Charities. | Photo by Frankie Steele

Kosair and the Fund for the Arts have been working together since 2012 on various programs. “Arts for Kosair Kids,” which began in 2015, has been offering local youth the opportunity to interact with arts organizations on a weekly basis.

According to the National School Boards Association, students who are involved with curricular and extracurricular art activities are more likely to graduate high school.

“Kosair Charities is fueling lifelong learning in a major way with this transformative investment in arts education,” Mayor Greg Fischer said at the press conference. “We know that by leveraging arts and culture, our students are more likely to academically achieve, be civically engaged and equipped with essential 21st-century skills.”

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."