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LOUISVILLE, KY (December 18, 2020) – Fund for the Arts (FFTA) Senior Vice President, JP Davis, will transition out of his role in January of 2021 after six years with the organization to open a national consulting firm. During his tenure, Davis co-led strategies that raised more than $50 million in support of a vibrant and impactful Louisville arts community. Through his firm, he will continue to work closely with the Fund for the Arts as a strategist and fundraising consultant.

Davis transformed the Fund’s public fundraising and advocacy strategies, creating new opportunities to support, elevate, and celebrate Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions. With support from President and CEO Christen Boone, the Fund for the Arts staff, and the Board of Directors, Davis co-facilitated the launch of “Awards in the Arts on Opening Night at Churchill Downs.” The program raised over $2.25 million in four years. Davis also introduced many large-scale initiatives and partnerships that promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector. He also incorporated the culinary arts into the Fund’s grant cycle through a ground-breaking partnership with the James Beard Foundation.

After transitioning out of his role of Senior VP, Davis is opening a consulting firm, JP Davis Partners. Through his firm, he will continue to work closely with Fund for the Arts as a strategist and fundraising consultant. Davis has also been recruited to lead a national project celebrating the history and advancement of equity, working with the onePULSE Foundation on a multi-million dollar capital campaign, leading the development of a National Memorial & Museum in remembrance of the lives taken, the lives saved, and all the lives affected by the senseless act of violence at Pulse nightclub in 2016, and in celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. Davis’s work on this project is a valuable service to our national community and showcases the talent and leadership of Louisville’s arts and culture sector.

“Over the last six years, I have been so proud of the work that Fund for the Arts has accomplished,” Davis said. “Louisville is fortunate not only to have a wealth of talented artists, but also a generous community that continuously supports the arts’ unique role of inspiring, challenging, and connecting. The opportunity to share my expertise on a national platform is a great testament to Fund for the Arts’ success in promoting Louisville as a nationally renowned city for arts and culture.”

President and CEO of FFTA, Christen Boone, said, “The work that JP has done at Fund for the Arts has not only transformed our organization but has also helped to shape the sector. During his time here, we’ve developed numerous new resources for artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions in Greater Louisville. As JP continues to work with the Fund in this new way while also working with other national organizations, the opportunities for the Louisville arts and culture sector will multiply.”

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 and 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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