NeXt is a nationally recognized program dedicated to preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the arts community. Participants will embark on an immersive, 10-month journey experiencing all aspects of cultural engagement.

Over the last decade NeXt Ambassadors have worked with Fund for the Arts Cultural Partners in groups focused on the allocation process. This year, NeXt will evolve to answer the growing demand from young professionals and Arts organizations for hands-on engagement. 501c3’s from across the region will be offered the opportunity to ask for help and NeXt will be there to answer that call. Projects will span an array of areas, but will most often fall into the categories of: collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, and philanthropy.

Throughout the program, NeXt Ambassadors will network with high profile community leaders, take on rewarding arts-focused projects that have a real impact on Arts organizations, enjoy world-class Art events, learn where their talents are most needed, and become a defining voice in the future of the arts.

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Class of 2017

August Anderson
Fund for the Arts

Brandyn Bailey
Louisville Metro Government


Anna Bass
Signature Healthcare, LLC


David Beach
Volunteers of America- Mid States

Jonathan Bell


Bill Brammell
Dressman, Benzinger & LaVelle

Cash Cassady
Raymond James Financial Services/Central Bank & Trust


Berry Craig IV
Wicked Sheets


Sarah Davis
Louisville Visual Art

Lauren DePaso
Churchill Downs, Inc.

Greg Dutton
Goldberg Simpson, LLC


Katie Edwards
Stock Yards Bank


Christina Foster
Kentucky Fried Chicken

Colin Gray
ARGI Financial Group

Lindsey Gumer
Norton Healthcare


Jimmy Henderson
University of Louisville

Matthew Hilton
Kentucky Farm Bureau

Niki King Jones
University of Louisville

Bella Portaro Kueber
Bella Vita Media & Bella of Louisville

Kelly Malin

Aaron Marcus
Hilliard Lyons

Jonathan Matthews
Thompson Miller & Simpson PLC

Emily Mattingly
Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Monique McFarland
MainSource Bank

Dillon Miles
University of Louisville

Whitten Montgomery
Acting Against Cancer

Chris Nation
Quantum Communications


Ebbony Page
Long John Silver’s

Nicholas Rapier
Humana Inc.

Beth Sarkar
Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP

Joe Schmidt
Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company


Michaela Skura
Delta Dental of Kentucky

Shannan Speicher
Blue Grass Memorial Gardens; Service Corporation International

Rudy Spencer
LG&E and KU Energy

Eleanor Stepusin
Humana Inc.

Chuck Summers
KOIT Global Investments

Andrew Uckotter
White Clay

Shavon Wagner
University of Louisville

Michelle Warren
Passport Health Plan

Candace Weber
Mortensen Family Dental

Allison Whitehouse
Bellarmine University