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Mollie LaFavers

LOUISVILLE, KY, (27 October 2020)- Fund for the Arts announces the NeXt Class of 2021 made up of 20 young professionals who are invested in enhancing their lives and the greater community through the power of the arts. NeXt is a nationally recognized professional development program that spans 10 months preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the arts community.

“Fund for the Arts is committed to inspiring leaders from all backgrounds and areas of expertise to carry on the deep commitment of service and exceptional leadership in the arts,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “We are grateful for the dedication of this year’s NeXt Ambassadors as they work with our arts community to heal and rebuild amid the many challenges that 2020 has brought.”

For the next ten months, the class will delve into the heart of the arts community, enjoy world-class arts events and behind the scenes access, network with high profile community leaders, and learn where their skills are most needed. Participants engage with local arts organizations on various projects that relate to collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, or philanthropy.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NeXt program started in a virtual setting and will continue to gather virtually until it is safe to meet in-person. The eagerness of the 2021 NeXt class to participate in a program that looks somewhat different than in past years, demonstrates their incredible commitment to serving our local nonprofit arts community.

NeXt Class of 2021:

  • Betsy Appleton – Confluent Health
  • Nico Botones – Center for Interfaith Relations
  • Becca Cloutier – Stock Yards Bank
  • Chase Cunningham – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Jorge Diaz – LGE-KU
  • Tamba Foyah – Foyah Creative Group
  • Daniel Heekin – KPMG LLP
  • LaShondra Hood – Louisville Central Community Centers
  • Hillary McDaniel – Scoppechio / Ovare Group
  • Cathryn Miller – Humana
  • Annie Moore – Churchill Downs
  • Jake Motto – AJ Gallagher
  • Emma Mullins – Limestone Wealth Advisors
  • Stephanie Peeler – Republic Bank
  • Artina Pettigrew – Cognizant Bolder Healthcare Solution
  • Nelson Rodes – Frost Brown Todd
  • Amy Schidewitz – Brown-Forman
  • Logan Spradlin – Derby City Gaming
  • Karen Tate – Speed Art Museum
  • Christopher Zelli – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the impact of the arts on economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund is a convener, promoter, leader, and driver of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, the region’s arts & cultural plan. It facilitates the largest arts grant program in Kentucky as well as conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit


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