Christen Boone and Theo Edmonds

It’s no secret the Louisville arts scene is alive and well thanks to many people who work tirelessly each day. Two of those individuals who have made art their passion have been selected to serve on the national Americans for the Arts’ Private Sector Network Council.

Christen Boone, president and CEO of Fund for the Arts, and Theo Edmonds, co-founder of IDEAS xLab, will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, for the country’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The council will help unite local communities with the private sector and the Americans for the Arts.

“By effectively collaborating with the private sector, Theo and I have a wonderful opportunity to keep Greater Louisville’s arts community in the national spotlight,” said Boone in a news release. “This is another step in the right direction securing our place as a leading city of arts and culture — one that is attracting talent to live and work here and tourists to stay and play.”

Americans for the Arts is a national nonprofit.

Having two Louisvillians on the council can only help strengthen the local scene, they say.

“Our collective leadership can help accelerate the implementation of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 while nurturing next-generation cultural innovation initiatives like those at IDEAS xLab,” said Edmonds in the release. “Through the priorities and strategies of Imagine, we’re laying the groundwork to significantly transform our region.”

The council also will help the organization develop and implement private-sector initiatives and serve as leaders to other local arts organizations in cities across the country. Members are elected annually.

Emily Peck, vice president of Private Sector Initiatives, said she is thrilled to welcome Boone and Edmonds to the fold.

“As the newly elected chair, Christen will bring her strong knowledge of the private sector and United Arts Funds field to the conversation,” she said. “Theo is serving as vice chair for the second year and brings his social innovation and entrepreneurship experience to the table. Christen’s and Theo’s perspectives and expertise will be vital in our efforts to further initiatives of the council.”

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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."