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 is developing a directory of Arts Programs. 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 programs provided by 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, your program information will be shared with community partners. If a program is selected by a community partner, the Fund for the Arts will contact the teaching artist and/or arts organization to confirm availability, develop a contract, and connect the program leaders to 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 opens|
|TBD||Application information session via Zoom|
|This is a rolling application and there is no deadline to submit. Please note – Fund for the Arts anticipates filling approximately 24 arts program spaces for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, beginning in fall 2022. With a rolling application, the spaces will be first come first served, with community partners selecting from the directory the programs 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:
HeARTS is an arts initiative supported by Louisville Metro Government that will provide arts programs in community centers and public places 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.
Teaching artists and/or arts organizations engaged in HeARTS are encouraged to participate in HeARTS-related programming throughout the period of fall 2022 through summer 2023. Specific program schedules are flexible and will vary throughout the program year.
JCPS 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. The first Elev8 Student Learning Center is anticipated to open in the Spring 2023 academic semester. Elev8 will be located at 2500 W Broadway in Louisville, Kentucky.
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 program to the directory.
The directory will have a rolling application that is open for new program submissions year-round. As community partners request new programs, all current programs on the Registry 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 Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.