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Fund for the Arts Announces Recipients of the Community Event Mini-Grant for Spring 2024

Louisville, KY (March 21, 2024) – Fund for the Arts is proud to announce the 11 latest recipients of the Community Event Mini-Grants. These mini-grants are designed to make supportive grant awards throughout the year to organizations and artists working alongside a community partner to present multi-disciplinary, multigenerational, free gatherings with arts included. The program is a part of the Fund’s Arts in Neighborhoods initiative.  

This round of the mini-grant application closed February 17, 2024. The Community Event Mini-Grant application is available on a rolling basis, with funds awarded 4 times throughout a calendar year.  

A panel of community members evaluated and provided feedback on applications and gave recommendations on which events to move forward in the process. 11 events in 4 Louisville Metro Council districts (2,4,5,9) have been awarded funding support.  

This funding opportunity is designed to support artists and organizations with existing, effective events, and to make both the application and reporting processes more accessible in hopes of fostering connections with new applicants. 5 of the 11 artists and organizations receiving funding this cycle are first-time Fund for the Arts applicants. 

Details on the grant recipients and their events:   

  1. 300FOR300 with The Therapy Lounge: 300FOR300 Sunday Family Dinners, led by the Therapy Lounge with meals prepared by Che’Mari Ferman of Che’Mari Catering Co. on March 17, 31, and April 14. The Graduation Ceremony and “Museum of Me” will be held on April 28 at 2 pm.
  2. Young Hearts Theatre Inc with Sacred Hearts School for the Performing Arts: “Westward Ho!” An original musical production on April 4 – 7.  
  3. LouiEvolve with Change Today Change Tomorrow: LouiEvolve Hip Hop & Arts Festival on April 18, 19, and 20. 
  4. Erica Lewis with Portland Museum: CeLOUbrate Print on April 20. 
  5. Steam Exchange Community Arts Center with Rhythm Science Sound: 5th Annual Feminist Fashion Show on May 9.  
  6. Hope Garden and Pivot to Peace Russell: Hope Garden Mural Project on May 11, 18, and 25.   
  7. Parks Alliance of Louisville and Redline Performing Arts: Sneak Preview of “Who Killed Alberta Jones?” by Larry Muhammad on May 25, which premieres at Alberta O. Jones Park Day on July 13. 
  8. Kentucky Shakespeare with Olmsted Parks Conservatory: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Wilkerson Park in Sellersburg, Indiana on May 23 and at Shawnee Park on May 25.
  9. Actors Theatre of Louisville and Drag Daddy Productions: “Won’t you be my May-bor?” by Andrew Newton and Eric Sharp, directed by Emily Tarquin, starring May O’Nays. A Drag + Mr. Rogers + An Escape Room, Performance May 31.
  10. Naveen Chaubal with Hyphen Film Center: Flowers, a night celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Filipino film classic, “Manila in the Claws of Light” on June 1.  
  11. Side by Side Inc. with The Black Italian: Art in the Park, dates TDB.  

For further information on each upcoming event, please visit the websites and/or social media channels for the organizers. For further information about grants and funding opportunities or partnerships with Fund for the Arts, visit fundforthearts.org/funding/ or sign up for Arts Scoop email newsletter at fundforthearts.org/arts-scoop/. 

IN THE NEWS: “Applications are open for a new ‘mini grant’ program for cultural events in Greater Louisville neighborhoods” | Stephanie Wolfe for Louisville Public Media; January 5, 2023  

11 neighborhood events in Louisville get cash through mini-grants” | Breya Jones for Louisville Public Media; May 2, 2023   

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 Greater Louisville and it conducts one of the two oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org  

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