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Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden open nominations for the 2019 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award.
 Annual award recognizes excellence in arts leadership

LOUISVILLE, KY, August 9, 2019– Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden open nominations for the ninth annual James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership award, an honor that recognizes the substantial impact to the arts made by an individual through significant volunteer commitment and exemplary leadership in the community. Nominations are being accepted through August 30th on the Fund for the Arts’ website

“We have a world-class arts community,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “This prestigious award is a great opportunity to recognize an exceptional volunteer leader who’s been an integral part in helping to create the arts-focused, creative, and vibrant community we call home.
The award was created in honor of the late James S. Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided decades of strong guidance and support to the arts.

“James Welch’s commitment to service and the arts help form the creative community we have today,” 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 meaningful impacts on the arts community in a quiet, often unrecognized manner.

Previous recipients include:
2018 Ted and Mary Nixon have collectively served on the boards of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville Orchestra, and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

2017 Carolle Jones Clay served on the boards of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Kentucky Derby Festival, Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, KMAC Museum, and with the following community organizations: Landmarks Commission, Louisville Sports Commission, Women 4 Women, Gilda’s Club, AAA Kentucky, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare Foundation.

2016 William A. Blodgett, Jr. served on the Kentucky Opera (president), Actors Theatre of Louisville (president), Kentucky College of Art and Design (president), and served as Acting General Director of the Kentucky Opera.

2015 Marlene Grissom served on the boards of KMAC Museum (chair), Louisville Ballet, Louisville Science Center, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Metro Committee on Public Art, Fund for the Arts, Scenic Kentucky (chair), Art Center Association, Gallopalooza, Channel 15 and KET (chair), and chaired the Louisville Ballet’s capital fund drive and the capital campaign for KMAC Museum.

2014 Carl M. Thomas served on the board of Stage One Family Theatre (chair) and on the following community boards: Home of the Innocents, Spalding University, Boy Scouts of America, The Housing Partnership, Inc., Norton Hospital Foundation, Wednesday’s Child, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, and Fund for the Arts.

2013 Nana Lampton served on the boards of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville Theatrical Association and Fund for the Arts.

2012 Todd Lowe served on the board of directors for Fund for the Arts, Actors Theatre and for the sustainable impact, his leadership has made on the arts.

2011 Morton Boyd served on the board of directors for Fund for the Arts, Actors Theatre and the Speed Museum.

2010 Thomas T. Noland served on the boards of Fund for the Arts, Louisville Orchestra and Kentucky Opera, as well as the Partnership for Creative Economies.

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 national recognized NeXt! Leadership development program for young professionals, and leads collection action across the arts culture sector. For more information, visit

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