At Fund for the Arts, we believe in the transformative power of the arts. By investing in strategic initiatives that drive impact in the areas of health, education, economic development, and quality of place, Fund for the Arts is working to make Greater Louisville an even better place to live, work, and visit.

ArtsMatch, a pilot initiative of the Fund for the Arts, expands the capacity of Cultural Providers (i.e., artists, cultural groups, organizations) to create special arts-based projects to reach new audiences and invest in innovation. ArtsMatch utilizes a crowdfunding platform to match donors to projects that are of interest to them. Fund for the Arts maximizes support for the projects by matching the dollars raised.

Americana Creative Arts Program

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Expanding creative arts opportunities for more than 250 refugee, immigrant, and underserved children.


Building Character & Staging Success

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Partnering Commonwealth Theatre Center with Louisville Central Community Centers and the Louisville Urban League to create hands-on drama education projects to engage at-risk youth ages 8-18 in West Louisville.


CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyber-bullying and Teen Suicide

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Leveraging the power of theatre to access real-world solutions in the event that they or a friend is a victim of cyber-bullying.


Cornbread & Tortillas

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Creating a festival that gives attendees the opportunity to participate and engage directly with the cultures of Appalachia/ Kentucky and Latin America via workshops, demonstrations, and performances.



Social Circus Program

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Offering at-risk children and young adults residing in the Portland neighborhood an exciting new opportunity to express themselves through circus arts.


Nurturing Pathways® at Sun Valley Community Center

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Creating an early childhood development dance program that builds bodies to be capable and confident, brains that are school-ready, and bonds between parent, and child.


Telling Our Tales: Plays from West Louisville

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Offering playwriting workshops to community members as a tool for exploring critical issues that many residents find difficult to discuss and as a means of sharing the successes and achievements of West Louisvillians


Touring Programs Expansion Project

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Expanding Squallis’ reach to 10,000 individuals served by increasing the number of schools, libraries and community centers with their touring shows and workshops.


"Veterans for Peace" Mural Project

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Working in collaboration with KY National Association of Black Veterans (KYNABVets), the Indiana University Southeast (IUS) student veterans group, and Peace Postcards to engage local veterans in a hands-on visual art project.


How does ArtsMatch Work?

In this pilot year, we expect ArtsMatch to have two funding cycles – one in the fall and one in the spring. Each cycle will have a primary funding priority, for example, arts in education, youth arts, arts innovation, etc. In each funding cycle, the match dollars are underwritten by a sponsor donor.

Cultural Providers (i.e., artists, cultural groups, organizations) submit project proposals that address the cycle’s funding priority. Project proposals will be reviewed and a curated set of projects will be selected by a committee to participate in each cycle based upon the match dollars available.

Each project selected to participate in ArtsMatch will have a project profile and crowdfunding page on the Fund for the Arts website. In close collaboration, Fund for the Arts and the selected projects will promote the project, encouraging the community to make donations in support of the selected projects. Fund for the Arts will match dollar-for-dollar the funds raised via the crowdfunding platform for each selected project (with the total matching funds not to exceed the lesser of one-half of the total approved project budget or $10,000).

Once each crowdfunding cycle closes, the selected projects will be implemented. Selected projects that exceed or do not reach the crowdfunding goal will have the option to adapt the project to fit the funds raised.

Program Timeline

Applications for this program will be accepted once per year.

Mid October:   
Project proposal period opens

November 30:
Project proposals due

Early December:
Selected projects announced

December 15 to February 28:
Selected projects are promoted by Fund for the Arts and the project host to raise matching funds

March 1 – June 30:
Selected projects implemented

July 30:
Selected projects impact report due

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please contact Kat Abner, Fund for the Arts Impact Officer

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