2019 Opening Night & The Trifecta Gala Proposals

The Fund for the Arts and Churchill Downs will join forces for the fourth year to kick off Derby week by celebrating the extraordinary local arts scene and live racing at Opening Night, Saturday, April 27, 2019. On Opening Night, artists and arts installations appear all over the track, including iconic places like Millionaire’s Row, The Paddock, and Awards in the Arts, the Fund for the Arts’ annual celebration of the Greater Louisville arts community.

Additionally, Fund for the Arts will support curating artists for The Trifecta Gala presented by Junior Bridgeman & Family. This red carpet event gives back to our community in meaningful ways. The night before the big race, The Trifecta kicks off Derby weekend in style with major label entertainment, food, networking and engaging brand activations that both elevate and support a memorable evening for their guests.


Proposal Theme for Opening Night
Artists, artist collectives, and arts organizations from across Greater Louisville are invited to submit proposals to Opening Night. All proposals must have a central theme of “Orange”, the color of creativity. To learn more about Opening Night and Awards in the Arts, and to view photos of last year’s art installations and performances, click here

Budget for Installations and Performances
The total budget for art installations and performances on Opening Night is $30,000.

Deadline to Submit Proposals
Proposals must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, February 8, 2019. Selected artists, artist collectives, and arts organizations will be notified in early March 2019 and invited to a mandatory artist breakfast and orientation at Churchill Downs on April 17th to prepare for the event.

If you have questions about how to complete this form, contact Morgan Eklund at meklund@fundforthearts.org
If you have questions about your proposal concept, contact Mo McKnight Howe at mo@revelrygallery.com

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