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Arts Projects Addressing Health Equity Can Double Funds Raised Through ArtsMatch

Fund for the Arts kicks off crowdfunding month for five artist-led projects

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 1, 2022) – Fund for the Arts is offering 5 arts projects a unique and unparalleled opportunity to double their fundraising efforts through an innovative ArtsMatch crowdfunding grant. Everyone is invited to join Fund for the Arts in supporting a diverse group of Kentucky artists and their work addressing the theme of arts and equity in health through music, fashion, design, film, storytelling, theater, visual art, and publications. The 5 projects will take place in Jefferson and Letcher counties in Kentucky, with multi-generational community project participants ranging from youth to assisted living residents.

The program, supported by community sponsors Fund for the Arts and LG&E and KU Foundation, kicks off on June 1, 2022, and runs until June 30. ArtsMatch provides the opportunity for arts and cultural groups to increase project fundraising through the ArtsMatch crowdfunding platform, wherein the selected groups can reach new audiences and receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds for the amount they raise. Community members are invited to explore and choose projects to support.

The following arts projects are part of ArtsMatch:

  • The Assisted Living Storytelling Project by Appalshop’s Roadside Theater
  • Maqluba by Mike Elsherif
  • Muddy Waters by Kenneth Coleman and Rheonna Thornton
  • Queer Kentucky Special Print Issues: LGBTQ+ Health Equity
  • Youth Vision and Voice by Steam Exchange Community Arts Center

“The ArtsMatch program and the generosity of our sponsor allow us to invest in important arts-based projects that will positively contribute to the health of our diverse communities,” said Andre Kimo Stone Guess, President and CEO of Fund for the Arts. “This crowdfunding platform provides a unique opportunity for artists and their projects to double their funding and for donors to support projects that support transformational change.”

Unlike public crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe, programs selected as part of ArtsMatch receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds up to $20,000 from the program sponsors.

To support the artists and projects included in this cycle of ArtsMatch, please visit

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Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to 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. The Fund envisions a healthy and vibrant community where everyone embraces the art that exists in our lives every day, everyone contributes to the well-being of our arts community, and it is understood that everyone belongs to the arts community. The organization facilitates the largest arts grant program in Kentucky and it conducts one of the two oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit


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