IMG_3741The Fund for the Arts recognized Joel Stone, Fifth Third Bank Director of Private Banking, as the 2015 NeXt Alumni of the Year. The annual award recognizes an exceptional graduate of the NeXt program who has made a significant contribution to the Arts community. Stone recently served as the President of the Louisville Ballet Board of Directors.

NeXt is a nationally recognized program dedicated to preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the Arts community. Over the course of ten months, NeXt participants network with high profile community leaders, enjoy world-class Art events and learn where their talents are most needed. Participants work with local Arts organizations on various projects that relate to collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, or philanthropy.

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; helping 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

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