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LOUISVILLE, KY (September 12, 2023) – Today, Fund for the Arts announced recipients of its 2023-2024 Sustaining Impact Grants (SIG). A total direct investment of $2.3 million was committed to 27 local arts institutions.   

“While emergency pandemic grants and gifts are drying up and/or disappearing, Fund for the Arts remains committed to providing crucial, unrestricted resources to arts institutions of all sizes, disciplines, and missions,” said Andre Kimo Stone Guess, President and CEO of Fund for the Arts. 

The purpose of Sustaining Impact Grants is to provide mission-based operating support to Greater Louisville nonprofit arts organizations in order to ensure the organization’s ongoing capacity to drive community impact. The Sustaining Impact Grant is guided by the mission of the Fund for the Arts as well as community-driven priorities within Imagine Greater Louisville 2025. 

“Prominent Youth of America (PYOA) is very proud and excited to receive the Sustaining Impact Grant from Fund for the Arts,” said LaVon Clark, PYOA President. “As a first-time recipient of this award, we acknowledge this is a huge accomplishment for our organization to provide quality Arts & Educational experiences to participants in our programs. This opportunity will allow us to continue providing Free arts experiences and educational resources to youth who reside in low-income communities.”

“The Sustaining Impact Grant has helped us deepen and widen our work in the community. It is essential funding towards the commitment to art as a part of our cultural heritage,” said Michelle Amos, Executive Director of the Little Loomhouse. 

“With deep gratitude, I recognize that the Sustaining Impact Grant’s substantial unrestricted funds allow us to do things that other grants don’t, such as meeting payroll and keeping our facilities in shape,” said Grant Johnson, Interim Executive Director for Louisville Visual Art (LVA). “All of LVA’s staff members are working artists or curators whose employment at LVA enables them to pursue artistic practice. By helping us pay their salaries, Fund for the Arts supports LVA’s mission of nurturing local artists throughout their creative lifecycles.” 

The SIG grantee organizations represent a wide variety of arts disciplines, including Arts Education, Dance, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary, Theater, and Visual Arts. Their staff sizes vary from 1 employee to over 110 employees. Of this year’s 27 Sustaining Impact Grant recipients, 24 have received a Sustaining Impact Grant before and 3 are receiving this grant for the first time. 

Congratulations to the following Sustaining Impact Grant recipients: 

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville 
  • Adventurous Minds Produce Extraordinary Dreams (AMPED)  
  • Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana 
  • Commonwealth Theatre Center, Inc. 
  • IDEAS xLab 
  • Kentucky Opera  
  • Kentucky Shakespeare 
  • KMAC Museum 
  • The Little Loomhouse 
  • Looking for Lilith Theatre Company 
  • The Louisville Academy of Music 
  • Louisville Ballet 
  • Louisville Folk School 
  • The Louisville Orchestra 
  • Louisville Story Program  
  • Louisville Visual Art 
  • Louisville Youth Choir 
  • Louisville Youth Orchestra 
  • Pandora Productions 
  • Portland Museum, Inc. 
  • Prominent Youth of America 
  • Queer Kentucky 
  • Redline Performing Arts 
  • Speed Art Museum 
  • Squallis Puppeteers Inc. 
  • StageOne Family Theatre 
  • Young Authors Greenhouse 

About Fund for the Arts
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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