IMG_2390LOUISVILLE, KY (June 26, 2015) – As part of a five-year commitment, Kosair Charities will fund a $600,000 Arts for Kosair Kids® Initiative through the Fund for the Arts. The grant will provide Arts programming to six area organizations serving special needs children:  Americana Community Center, Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, Home of the Innocents, Louisville Central Community Center, Summit Academy and Visually Impaired Preschool Services.

“This expanding partnership with Kosair Charities breaks new ground in our community, brings Arts into non-traditional spaces, reaches undiscovered audiences, promotes the therapeutic healing power of Art and movement, and establishes a pattern for new grant opportunities.  We are pleased to partner with the Board of Kosair Charities to bring these experiences to our community’s special needs children,” said Christen Boone, President & CEO of the Fund for the Arts.

Kosair Charities has been serving the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana since 1923 by providing financial support for clinical services, research, pediatric healthcare education and child advocacy.

“The therapeutic benefits of the Arts are powerful promoting both physical and emotional healing. Combine that artistic impact with the expertise, care and attention from our agency professionals, and we can give Kosair Kids a greater chance for a full life.” said Jerry Ward, Kosair Charities Chairman of the Board.

The announcement came as a finale to the June 26th #ArtIs in your hands celebration. Using the new social platform Periscope, the Fund for the Arts spent the day live broadcasting Arts events from around the city.

“We can see no better illustration of #ArtIs in your hands than the announcement of this partnership,” said Fund for the Arts 2015 Campaign Chair, Tom Partridge, President & CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Kentucky). “When organizations like Kosair Charities see the value and impact the Arts can have on their own mission – the entire community wins.”

The Arts for Kosair Kids® Initiative will deliver weekly art residencies, in a range of disciplines, including choral, dance and visual art, into the six organizations beginning in the fall of 2015.  For more information visit: www.FundfortheArts.com.

“This gift shows how vitally important Kosair Charities is to our community.  Through their support of Heuser Hearing Institute and other organizations they have improved the lives of countless children and their families. Through this gift to the Fund For the Arts we will now be able to give our kids a greater opportunity to accomplish their dreams and a brighter future.” said Brett Bachmann J.D. LL.M, CEO of Heuser Hearing Institute.

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. More than 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year. For more information visit www.fundforthearts.com.

About Kosair Charities
Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. For more information please visithttp://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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