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ArtsMatch Launches to Provide up to $20,000 for Multiple Arts & Cultural Projects
Selected groups will receive matching funds  with support from the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts and
LG&E and KU

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2018) – Applications are now open for the third round of the Fund for the Arts’ ArtsMatch program, which provides an opportunity for cultural providers to raise up to $20,000 in project funding through a crowdfunding platform. Fund for the Arts will match dollar-for-dollar the funds raised via the platform for each selected project. Each proposal must utilize the arts to address one or more of the priorities laid out in “Imagine Greater Louisville 2020: An Arts & Culture Vision to Transform the Region.” Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts and LG&E and KU are the community sponsors for this third round of ArtsMartch funding. Applications must be received via https://fundforthearts.org/artsmatch/ by Feb. 12, 2018.

“By investing in initiatives that address critical community priorities like education, access, and economic development, Fund for the Arts is better able to leverage the arts to make Greater Louisville an even better place to live, work and visit,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “We’re only able to spur creativity and change through tremendous supporters like LG&E and KU and the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund.”

A committee of community leaders will review this third round of proposals. Projects can take place in Jefferson County, across Kentucky, or in Southern Indiana (Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties). Each project selected will have a unique crowdfunding page. In close collaboration, Fund for the Arts and the cultural providers will promote the project and encourage the community to make donations. Once the round closes, the projects will then be implemented across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Individual artists, education and cultural groups, and other organizations are encouraged to submit project proposals via fundforthearts.org/ArtsMatch by February 12, 2018.

“At LG&E and KU, improving the lives of those we serve drives us to serve our community in a multitude of ways,” said Paul W. Thompson, its president and COO. “Through the arts community, we can help create even greater impact on the quality of life in Greater Louisville.”

The previous cycles of ArtsMatch projects, which launched in 2016, included projects that focused on expanding access to the arts, addressing topics like cyberbullying, offering at-risk youth in Portland the opportunity to express themselves through circus arts, and the creation of a festival to encourage participation in the cultures of Appalachia and Latin America, among others.

“We’re thrilled to support new and imaginative projects to impact the region through the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts,” said Meredith Lawrence, Director of the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts and Executive Director of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation.

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 Fund for the Arts.

For more information about ArtsMatch, contact Kat Abner by phone at (502) 582-0127 or via email at kabner@fundforthearts.org or visit fundforthearts.org/ArtsMatch. Visit fundforthearts.org/ArtsMatch to apply for this cycle of ArtsMatch.

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations, and arts in education. Fund for the Arts leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector to deliver greater impact in our community. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org.

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