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The Allan Cowen Innovation Fund for Advancement of the Arts fosters creative intellectual exploration in the pursuit of arts leadership and organizational evolution. The Allan Cowen Innovation Fund provides funding for Greater Louisville arts leaders to take a unique path in defining the vision and future for their institution, their work, and the arts sector in Greater Louisville.

The intent of the award is to provide arts leaders with a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience that will make a significant impact on his/her development as an individual and a leader in his/her organization and the Greater Louisville arts sector.

Established through a generous gift by the Bertram Klein Family, the award is given annually in honor of Allan Cowen’s 37 years of service to the arts. Cowen’s innovations have served as a foundation for art organizations and the arts sector across the United States.

Who is eligible?

• Applicants must be an arts leader in the Greater Louisville region.
o Greater Louisville is defined as Kentucky counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Spencer, and Bullitt and Indiana counties of Clark, Floyd, and Harrison.
• Only individuals may apply, not organizations or a group of artists or arts administrators.
• The intent of the award is to support an individual’s professional growth and is not meant to support the development or expansion of an organization’s project.

How do I submit an application?

In your application, be prepared to address or provide the following:
• Contact information
• Your arts leadership experience
• How the award will advance your vision for your leadership, your organization, and the Greater Louisville arts sector
• How the funds would be used, description and detailed budget
• If you have any other funds to support your idea

Deadline to apply is 5 pm EST, August 31, 2019.

For questions or more information contact Kat Abner, Vice President of Community Impact at:


Previous winners:
2018: Idris Goodwin, Producing Artistic Director, StageOne Family Theatre
2017: Andrew Kipe and Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra
2016: Lindy Casebier, Louisville Visual Art Executive Director
2015: Matt Wallace, Kentucky Shakespeare Producing Artistic Director
2014: Alison Huff, Commonwealth Theatre Center Managing Director


Our initiative fulfills the following priorities: