IMG_2766LOUISVILLE, KY, JULY 21, 2015- The Fund for the Arts announced the creation of a Fund for the Arts Labor Advisory Council Tuesday evening at a meeting of the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council. The Fund for the Arts Labor Advisory Council (LAC) will help enable better communication between the Arts community, Labor Leadership and Union members in the workplace to encourage engagement and increase the impact of the Arts in the lives of members and their families.

“This is an exciting new partnership between the Fund for the Arts and Labor to ensure the Arts has deep reach and the greatest impact where it counts – in the lives of all of our neighbors and families,” said Christen Boone, President and CEO of Fund for the Arts.

“Making Louisville a great place to live and improving the quality of people’s lives are values shared by the labor movement and the Fund for the Arts making this a natural and long overdue partnership,” said Todd Dunn, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council President.

The LAC will meet quarterly to collaborate and determine actions to ensure Union members have greater access to the Arts and awareness of educational and community outreach opportunities in the region.

The founding members of the Labor Advisory Council include:

  • Steve Barger, Managing Member Steve Barger Consulting, LLC
  • Tammy Berlin, Vice President of JCTA, Atherton High School
  • Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO
  • Jay Dennis, Business Agent & Organizer, Teamsters 89
  • Caitlin Lally, Vice President, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, UFCW 227
  • Fred Johnson, Fund for the Arts Director of Workplace Giving
  • Julia Johnson, Vice President PPEAK, AFSCME 2259
  • Brent McKim, President JCTA
  • Bill Miller, Political Agent Teamsters 89
  • Vera Newton, Safety Trainer at Ford Motor Company, UAW 826
  • Steve Stone, Retiree UAW 862
  • Steven Wimsatt, Political Director IUE-CWA

About Fund for the Arts

The Fund for the Arts builds a stronger community by investing in world-class Arts organizations, driving collaborative initiatives and fueling innovative arts-in-education programs throughout the region. A national leader in corporate partnerships; business and creative find a unified voice, a more educated workforce, and attract talent through the Arts. The annual Fund for the Arts campaign has generated more than $188 million for the Arts since its establishment in 1949. Nearly 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year. For more information visit

About the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council

The Greater Louisville Central Labor Council promotes solidarity among all unions in Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt Counties. By sticking together the Central Labor Council works to raise the standard of living for its nearly 50,000 members and all working families in our community.

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