To maximize the impact of the Arts on economic development, education and the quality of life for everyone by generating resources, inspiring excellence, and creating community connections.

We build a stronger, more vibrant community through the Arts.

Economic Development and Talent Attraction
Educational Attainment
Build community


200 local businesses and organizations participate annually in employee campaigns donating to the Fund for the Arts directly from their pay checks. These are people who believe in the power of Art to build a stronger community.


Workplace campaigns make up 45% of the money the Fund for the Arts raises each year. Click here to see a list of the top employee Campaigns.


Donors to the Fund for the Arts receive rewards for their gifts including Art event discounts. The Fund for the Arts umbrella has become an iconic feature on the streets of our community on rainy days.


Donors to the Fund for the Arts of $52 or more per year receive an ArtsCARD that provides discounts to select performances/exhibits or merchandise at the Fund’s Cultural Partners. Click here list of general offerings.

Why give to the Fund for the Arts?

Since our founding in 1949, we have raised more than $188 million through our annual campaign to support the Arts in our region.  Fund for the Arts raises money from Individuals, Corporations, Foundations, Employees, and Government. Together through the Arts we create a great American city!

A great American city is…

With a 27% drop in juvenile crime after involvement in the Arts and a drop in repeat juvenile criminal behavior.
Where Arts lead to shorter hospital stays, less medication and fewer complications.
Where Arts increase graduation rates, lead to higher academic performance, better test scores, community service, and 400,000 Arts experiences for children.
With $259 million in economic activity, 1,000+ Arts events each year, 1.5 million people in attendance, 8,000 local jobs, $24.60 spent per person in addition to ticket.
Tell us what #ArtIs to you!

Participate in the Community Art Project #ArtIs

Help us define what Art means to you, your family, and your community.
Tell us what #ArtIs to you!


  • Fred johnson Feature

Fund hires new Director of Workplace Giving

Fred Johnson, retired Colonel in the US Army

LOUISVILLE, KY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015 – Retired Colonel, Fred Johnson has been hired to fill the Fund for the Arts Director of Workplace Giving […]

  • Kentucky Arts Day 2015

Rep. Owens presents grant to Fund for the Arts on Arts Day

On Feb. 11, arts leaders came from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the public value of the arts and to thank legislators for their continued support of the Kentucky Arts Council. […]

  • now-hiring

JOB POSTING: Director of Corporate Giving

About Us
The Fund for the Arts Vision is to create a great American city, through the Arts. A leader locally and nationally, the Fund for the Arts raises more than […]