Congratulations to the 2022 - 2023 NeXt! Ambassadors

Fund for the Arts is pleased to announce the NeXt! Ambassador leadership development program class of 2022 – 2023. NeXt! Ambassadors will complete the program prepared to serve as effective, transformative board members and volunteer leaders for arts organizations. The program will begin on September 8, 2022, and will culminate in a graduation ceremony on May 25, 2023.

Stock Yards Bank & Trust returns in 2022-2023 as the Presenting Sponsor of the NeXt! Ambassador program with a commitment to building transformative arts leaders of the future. The NeXt! Ambassador program leads participants through an immersive experience in which they develop necessary skills, build diverse relationships, apply lessons learned, and volunteer with local arts organizations. The program will conclude with a board matching event to support arts organizations and new leaders making immediate connections.

The 2022-2023 NeXt! Ambassadors are:
Maggie Carnes; The Trevor Project
Nicholas Dunigan; Fifth Third Bank
Melissa Francisco; Brown-Forman
Michael Maloff; Frost Brown Todd
Ben Nohalty; Stock Yards Bank & Trust
Breana Owens; KY Select Properties
Joanna Peyron; Humana Inc.
Emily Rombach; Humana Inc.
Jane Rudnick; Spalding University
Brittany Ruehling; KFC US/Yum! Brands
Erin Shaughnessy; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle
Kaitlin Smith; Beam Suntory
Natalie Smith; University of Louisville College of Business
Trent Taylor; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Lacey Trautwein; Belle of Louisville Riverboats
Krista Wilhite; Brown-Forman
Whitney Wood; Louisville MSD
Xinyi Yan; Brown-Forman
Save the date for September 15!

We're counting down the days to Give for Good Louisville. We need your help to make our campaign a success! On this giving day, there are multiple ways that you can help us support arts, artists, and arts organizations in our community.

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Donate. When you make a gift to Fund for the Arts during Give for Good Louisville on September 15, you help us bring more arts opportunities to our neighborhoods, our schools, our community centers, our workplaces, and so much more!
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Fund for the Arts (FFTA) is proud to partner with JCPS to bring transformative arts in learning experiences to the Elev8 Student Learning Center. After a successful initial run in May and June of 2022, FFTA will continue this partnership with Elev8 centers, supporting many more talented teaching artists and providing arts experiences throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

Click here or below to read FFTA's newest blog post, "Elev8 your mind, possibilities, and potential."
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Photos taken by Bill Wine Photography from the August Cultural Pass Day at Chickasaw Park. Photos (left to right): StageOne Family Theatre performing; Flamenco Louisville performing; student working with The Little Loomhouse; Cultural Pass participants engaging with Young Authors Greenhouse; community members dancing with FaithWorks Studio.

The 2022 Cultural Pass is Extended!

The 2022 Cultural Pass invites you to cross the bridge to creativity! Cultural Pass offers individuals aged 0-21 in Greater Louisville access to arts and culture activities provided by 57 venues, free of charge, from June 1 through September 4, 2022. You still have time to use your Cultural Pass!

The Cultural Pass is designed to inspire, explore, and discover new experiences. This year’s Cultural Pass offers both in-person and virtual opportunities - including monthly Cultural Pass Days! The last Cultural Pass Day of the summer took place on Saturday, August 6. Check out the photos above for a glimpse at this fun event!

Thank you to our sponsors Louisville Metro Government, The Hazel & Walter T. Bales Foundation, Kosair Charities, Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, Brooke Brown Barzun and Matthew Barzun, Sociable Weaver Foundation, The Gheens Foundation, and Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation
 for making Cultural Pass possible.

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Welcome, Brett!

Fund for the Arts is pleased to welcome Brett Shepherd to our team as Chief Development Officer. In this role, Brett will lead Fund for the Arts' efforts to generate resources that support local arts, artists, and arts organizations through our Community Investment and Support initiatives.

Brett is a Louisville native and Bellarmine University grad. He has worked in non-profit development in this city for over a decade, most recently as Chief Development Officer at Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Prior to that, Brett led the corporate giving program at Kentucky Performing Arts and served as Campaign Director for Old Forester's Paristown Hall. He has also held development positions at the University of Louisville and Frazier History Museum. Brett is passionate about the ability of the arts to transform lives.
Introducing New NeXtGen Leadership

Fund for the Arts is celebrating three newly elected NeXtGen Board officers. NeXtGen is made up of former NeXt! Ambassadors who work to cultivate resources and opportunities that inspire the next generation of arts leaders. They play an integral role in planning for and facilitating the NeXt! program each year and support the broader arts community through volunteer and networking events. The newly elected board officers are Will Hollis, President; Kiana Del, President-Elect; and Carolyn Purcell Michener, Secretary.

Will Hollis, NeXtGen President, said, “I am a supporter of the Fund and NeXtGen because of the broad reach of programs throughout the community. As a Louisville transplant, the Fund has introduced me to places and faces throughout town I would have never discovered on my own. This year’s class of Ambassadors is a terrific reflection of the community and we are so excited to get started serving arts nonprofits across the area.”

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