Nominations for The Allan Cowen Innovation Award are due November 9

LOUISVILLE, KY, October 9, 2017- Fund for the Arts invites arts administrators or artists in Greater Louisville region to apply for The Allan Cowen Innovation Award via The award provides up to $5,000 for an innovative professional development opportunity that fosters an original vision. Applications are due November 9, 2017, with an award recipient to be named in late November.

“This award is about the journey, not the destination,” said Allan Cowen. “We’re seeking applicants who are taking the unique path of defining a vision and future for their work or their institution. It’s my sincere hope that this grant forges a moment of clarity that takes an individual to an answer that is not only different than originally considered but maybe a question that has never before been posed.”

The Allan Cowen Innovation Award fosters creative intellectual exploration in the pursuit of original work, arts leadership, and organizational evolution. The award is not intended to serve as or replace funding for traditional professional development activities- recreational opportunities are encouraged. Established through a generous gift by the Bertram Klein Family, the award is given annually in honor of Allan Cowen’s 37 years of service to the arts. Cowen’s innovations have served as a foundation for arts organizations and the arts sector across the United States.

“We are grateful for Allan Cowen’s many years of service,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President & CEO. “While honoring Allan’s legacy, we are able to support a truly unique transformative professional experience for a local arts administrator or artist who is already pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.”

Previous winners include:

  • 2016: Lindy Casebier, Louisville Visual Art Executive Director
  • 2015: Matt Wallace, Kentucky Shakespeare Producing Artistic Director
  • 2014: Alison Huff, Commonwealth Theatre Center Managing Director

About Fund for The Arts

Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations, and arts in education. Fund for the Arts leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector to deliver greater impact in our community. For more information, visit


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