At Fund for the Arts, we contribute to the overall health and well-being of our community by generating resources for, investing in, and supporting our local arts, artists and arts organizations.
Fund for the Arts maintains a directory of teaching artists and organizations. Teaching artists and/or arts organizations interested in providing programs in learning and community centers across Louisville and in engaging with community members can learn more about the directory and related opportunities below. Teaching artists and/or arts organizations of all arts disciplines, all sizes of organizations, and all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.
The purpose of the Directory is to identify and promote teaching artists and/or arts organizations, and to connect teaching artists and/or arts organizations with community partners.
Fund for the Arts receives requests year-round from community partners to provide arts programs for youth and multigenerational audiences in schools, community centers, and more. As a teaching artist and/or arts organization on the Directory, the information that you submit through this application will be shared with community partners. If a teaching artist and/or arts organization is selected by a community partner, the Fund for the Arts will contact the teaching artist and/or arts organization to confirm availability, develop an agreement, and connect the teaching artist and/or arts organization to the community partners.
Eligibility is based on the following criteria. The teaching artist and/or arts organization:
All applications must be submitted online through the Fund for the Arts Online Grant Portal.
Please note: As part of your application, you must submit two letters of reference from community partners that your organization has served in the last two years.
What is the timeline?
|September 2022||Application opened|
|This is a rolling application and there is no deadline to submit. Please note – Fund for the Arts anticipates filling approximately 40 arts program spaces for the period of July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. With a rolling application, the spaces will be filled with community partners selecting from the Directory the teaching artists and/or arts organizations that best fit their needs.|
What is expected of me or my organization if our application is approved?
Teaching artists and/or arts organizations selected for the Directory must:
Elev8 Student Learning Centers
Elev8 Student Learning Centers, a JCPS after-school program, is a unique opportunity for students that offers academic instruction, targeted tutoring, college and career support, and a variety of enrichment opportunities to make learning fun and engaging. The mission of Elev8 is to prioritize academic success and create strong ties among families, students, schools, and communities. Elev8 addresses systemic barriers that limit opportunities for students, often based on race and class, ensuring fair access to support that will prepare them for future success.
HeARTS is an arts initiative supported by Louisville Metro Government that provides arts programs in community centers across the city and county. HeARTS is an investment in arts as a powerful and transformational tool for healing, building trust, and community cohesion. Post-pandemic, participation in arts reduces isolation and rebuilds community networks; in a violence epidemic and community suffering from racism as a public health crisis, arts are a strategy in a community’s fostering of empathy, conflict resolution, and positive mental health.
Mind Body Soul
Mind Body Soul is supported by Louisville Metro Government’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, through the Trauma Resilient Communities division. The initiative offers young people ages 10 to 18 a therapeutic program with counseling guidance that uses various art forms to help use self-expression to begin healing. The Mind Body Soul program will rotate through community centers in four neighborhoods.
My organization has participated in 5×5 and Teacher Arts Grant (TAG) programs in the past. How is the Directory different?
Fund for the Arts remains committed to 5×5 and TAG grant programs. The Directory will follow a similar model but work with additional community partners beyond the school districts, and support programs with a longer duration. Prior experience with 5×5 and TAG is NOT required for participation in the Directory. If you have already submitted a program for 5×5 and TAG, and that program can be adapted for a longer duration and for out-of-school settings, you may submit the same information for the Directory.
The Directory will have a rolling application that is open for new applications year-round. As community partners request new programs, all current teaching artists and/or arts organizations on the Directory will be offered. As with 5×5 and TAG, there is no guarantee that a community partner will select your program and community partner timelines will vary.
Contact the Community Investment & Support Team at email@example.com with any questions.