Check Presentation at Sanders Elementary School with Sanders Principal Pam Cooper, Fund for the Arts Director of Major Gifts and Board Engagement Claire Simms, and Sanders students

Check Presentation at Sanders Elementary School with Sanders Principal Pam Cooper, Fund for the Arts Director of Major Gifts and Board Engagement Claire Simms, and Sanders students

Applications for a second round of 5×5 funding due October 1

LOUISVILLE, KY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015- In partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and with the support of 20,000 donors to Fund for the Arts, $156,841 will be granted to 48 elementary schools for the first round of the Fund for the Arts 2015-2016 5×5 program. Grants will create an estimated 50,000 enriching arts experiences for area students. A second round of 5×5 applications is due October 1. Educators are encouraged to apply on Fund for the Arts’ website:

“Jefferson County Public Schools values its partnership with the Fund for the Arts,” said Dr. Donna Hargens, Ed.D., JCPS Superintendent. “The Arts play a pivotal role in educating our students. The 5×5 program provides tremendous opportunities to introduce students to the Arts through enrichment field trips and in-school experiences. We are excited to work with an Arts community that is committed to enhancing student learning through the power of the Arts.”

“The 5×5 program inspires our students to use their imaginations, think creatively, and develop 21st century skills,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “Research continues to show that students with an education rich in the Arts have higher GPAs, standardized test scores and overall perform better in the classroom. Our goal is to expand Arts access to all corners of our community and for the 5×5 program to reach every single JCPS elementary in the coming years.”

5×5 Program 

In its sixth year, the goal of Fund for the Arts 5×5 (5 by 5) program is to provide a continuum of at least five (5) arts/cultural experiences for JCPS elementary students by the completion of grade five. Opportunities include residencies, field trips and in-school experiences, provided by a range of local Arts organizations. Every offering is connected to Commonwealth of Kentucky’s core educational content and complements what students are learning in the classroom. All JCPS elementary schools are encouraged to apply to be a 5×5 school for 2015-2016. Priority is given to Title I schools.

2014-2015 Impact

In the 2014-2015 school year, Fund for the Arts delivered 290 arts residencies, workshops and experiences to almost 50,000 JCPS students in 60 elementary schools through the 5×5 program. 70% of the schools participating demonstrate successful arts and humanities implementation as evidenced through Kentucky Department of Education Program Reviews, and 100% of schools participating have seen overall score gains in their school report card data. During the 2014-2015 school year, the Teachers Arts Grants program reached an additional 13,000 students.  Support from the Fund for the Arts to its Cultural Partners helped to provide more than 400,000 arts experiences to children across the region.

Participating Organizations 

Arts organizations participating in the 5×5 program include:

Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky Opera Association, Kentucky Shakespeare, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Visual Art, Louisville Youth Choir, Louisville Youth Orchestra, StageOne Family Theatre, Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players, Squallis Puppeteers, CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center, and River City Drum Corps.

List of Schools Receiving Grants in the First Round

Atkinson, Bates, Blake, Bloom, Breckinridge-Franklin, Camp Taylor, Cane Run, Carter Traditional, Cochran, Cochrane, Coral Ridge, Crums Lane, Dixie, Eisenhower, Engelhard, Fairdale, Farmer, Field, Frayser, Gilmore Lane, Greenwood, Hartstern, Hawthorne, Hazelwood, Hite, Indian Trail, Jeffersontown, Johnsontown Road, Kennedy Montessori, Kerrick, King, Klondike, Laukhuf, Lincoln, Luhr, Maupin, McFerran Prep, Mill Creek, Norton, Okolona, Portland, Price, Sanders, Shelby, Watterson, Wheeler, Wilkerson, and Young.

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 $196 million for the Arts since its establishment in 1949. More than 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year. For more information visit

Share this article:

Verified by ExactMetrics