Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden open nominations for
the 2017 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award
Annual award recognizes excellence in arts leadership

LOUISVILLE, KY, August 18, 2017- Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (SKO) open nominations for the eighth annual James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award, an honor that recognizes substantial impact to the arts made by an individual through significant volunteer commitment and exemplary leadership in the community. Nominations are being accepted Friday, August 18 through Friday, September 1 on the Fund for the Arts’ website

“Fund for the Arts is grateful for Stoll Keenon Ogden’s commitment to helping propel our city forward through the arts,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “This prestigious award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional volunteer leader who has made a significant impact on our world-class arts community.”

The award was created in honor of the late James S. Welch Sr., a founding member of SKO’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided decades of strong guidance and support to the arts.

“James Welch not only made a lasting impact on our law firm but also on our community through his commitment to service,” said Kendrick Riggs, vice chair of SKO. “Stoll Keenon Ogden is honored to continue his legacy of service by a continued partnership with the Fund for the Arts to honor individuals who continually make our city a better place to live, work, and play.”

Qualified nominees will have made significant contributions and a meaningful impact on the arts community in a quiet, often unrecognized manner.

Previous recipients include:

2016- Bill Blodgett, Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

2015- Marlene Grissom, Director of Special Projects, Waterfront Development Corporation

2014 – Carl M. Thomas, Executive Director, Gheens Foundation, Inc.

2013 – Nana Lampton, CEO, Hardscuffle Inc.

2012 – Todd Lowe, President and Founder, Parthenon LLC

2011 – Morton Boyd, Chairman Emeritus, Gheens Foundation, Inc.

2010 – Tom Noland, Senior VP of Corporate Communications, Humana Inc.

About the 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 also hosts the nationally recognized NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals, and leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector. For more information, visit

About Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
In boardrooms and courtrooms, Stoll Keenon Ogden provides strategic legal counsel to clients in the Midwestern United States, across the country and around the world. Our attorneys are recognized among the best in their fields and they build client relationships for the long haul, because succeeding at business is a marathon, not a sprint. Learn more at


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