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Fund for the Arts
Tory Parker
Director of Marketing and Communications 


Louisville (August 29, 2023) —  

Fund for the Arts invites the entire community to join them at the inaugural Celebration of the Arts at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall from 7 – 10 pm on September 9! 

“This event is designed to uplift and celebrate a wide array of the art that the Fund for the Arts supports alongside everyone in our City of Artists,” said Fund for the Arts President and CEO Andre Kimo Stone Guess. “We wanted to create a space where there is truly something for everyone—and where we get to show off some of the incredible organizations that make this arts ecosystem so spectacular.”  

The evening is jam-packed with performances and activities. Fund for the Arts will bring together mainstage acts from across the disciplines they fund including: 

  • Louisville Ballet 
  • Louisville Jazz Initiative 
  • Keen Dance Theatre 
  • Louisville Public Media (with storytellers Steven Michael Carr and Ali Gautier) 
  • Kentucky Shakespeare 

From 7 – 10 pm, interactive artist stations will welcome guests to create their own artworks or get hands-on with materials!  

  • Try something new at the instrument petting zoo with Louisville Folk School  
  • Create a community zine with Sarabande Books 
  • Weave a coaster or make your own yarn with The Little Loomhouse 
  • Share your art with the world by making an I Am An Artist button   
  • Custom print your own t-shirt with Steam Exchange  

“We wanted to keep this event accessible, so all tickets are $54, fees included. How often do you get to see ALL of these incredible organizations under one roof with an open invitation? Celebration of the Arts is for everyone, so we want everyone to be able to join us,” said Guess.  

Mayor Craig Greenberg will kick off Celebration of the Arts with a press conference at 6:45 pm wherein he will proclaim Louisville a City of Artists. Fund for the Arts will also be debuting their new “City of Artists” logo, sourced through an open competition for artists. The finalists and the winner of the contest will be revealed during the press conference.  

Support for the Mainstage Performances comes from Churchill Downs, with Interactive artist station support from UPS and Brown-Forman. Media sponsorship comes from Louisville Public Media.  


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  



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