What a week!  We are closing in on the final days of the Fund for the Arts Campaign and every moment counts; moments like watching the incredibly talented Kylie and Caroline WOW the employees of American Commercial Lines.  Watching a check presentation  from Fourth Street Live to Lincoln Elementary School.  And last but not least, receiving the Americans for the Arts’ Michael Newton Award on a national stage!

The folks at Jeffboat let me swing an ax for the first time in my life and I still have ten toes!  One swing, six ropes cut, and the barge launched right into the beautiful OHIO!  Simply amazing – 17,000 hours to build the 299 foot barge by folks who pledged more than $60,000 to the Arts.  Thank you!  With just over a week to go we need to raise $57,602 each day to meet our goal of $8.2 million dollars.  I can’t help reflecting upon all the hours it has taken to build our very own “Arts Barge” which will carry 400,000 Arts experiences to children throughout the region.  So thank you!  Thank you for giving, thank you for advocating, and thank you for caring about the Arts!  If you want to help us reach our goal, click the Donate Today! button above in the header.

I know you want to see me swing that axe.  Watch this week’s video blog for every exciting moment!

Bob Lynch, President & CEO Americans for the Arts and Abel López, Chairman Americans for the Arts give Barbara the Michael Newton Innovation in the Arts Award!

Read more about receiving the Americans for the Arts’ Michael Newton Award by clicking HERE!

Congratulations Christine O’Leary for being the winner of 2 tickets to the the Award winning Thoroughbred Chorus this weekend!  Will you win 2 tickets today?  Comment below and tell us how long the barge is and you too may win tickets to the Thoroughbred Chorus concert this weekend!

Stay tuned till next week for a chance to win tickets to see the greatest guitar players in the world!

It is that time of year!  Our fabulous Cultural Partners have been working hard to develop the most creative environment for your child to thrive in this summer.  View a listing of 2013 Arts and Culture Summer camps on our website today!

Upcoming Events:

June 13 – 23 Becky’s New Car Little Colonel Players

June 20 Reasons to Be Pretty Bard’s Town Theatre

June 20 – July 14 Twelfth Night Kentucky Shakespeare

June 23 Thoroughbred Chorus Concert

June 24 – July 22 Summer Monday Movie Nights Kentucky Shakespeare

July 2 Fanfare for the 4th: Musical Visions of America  Louisville Chorus

July 5 First Friday Trolley Hop

July 11-21 Legally Blonde Center Stage

July 12-28 Seussical the Musical Hayswood Theatre

July 18 – 21 Taming of the Shrew Kentucky Shakespeare

July 26 – 28 Alice in Wonderland  Clarksville Little Theatre

2013/2014 Season Tickets on Sale at Actors Theatre of Louisville

2013/2014 Season Tickets on Sale at the Kentucky Opera

2013/2014 Season Tickets on Sale at the Louisville Ballet

2013/2014 Season Tickets on Sale at Louisville Orchestra

2013/2014 Season Tickets on Sale at PNC Broadway in Louisville 

2013/2014 Season Tickets on Sale at Stage One Family Theatre

Ongoing artebella – Louisville Visual Art Association

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Barbara Sexton Smith
President & CEO
Fund for the Arts

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