Todd Lowe James S. Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award Winner with Barbara Sexton Smith and Kendrick Riggs

LOUISVILLE, KY (Dec. 10, 2012) – Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC presented Todd Lowe with the 2012 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award at Saturday evening’s opening of the Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual who has made substantial impact to Louisville and regional arts through volunteer commitment and leadership.

Lowe is the president and founder of Parthenon LLC. He is also a board member for Actors Theatre and an ex-officio board member of the Fund for the Arts. Lowe serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Speed Art Museum, and is currently involved in their search for an executive director. Todd is the Chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council, and the immediate past chair of the South Arts board of directors. Todd has also been involved with the Partnership for Creative Economies.

Fund for the Arts and SKO fashioned the award in honor of James Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided strong guidance and support to the Louisville arts for decades. The honor is bestowed to an individual who, like Welch, has made significant contributions and a lasting impact on the Louisville arts in a quiet, often unrecognized manner.

“It was an honor and surprise to receive the James S. Welch, Sr. Leaders Award.  It is incumbent on all of us who care about arts and culture in our community to step forward and seek to lead within our respective organizations.  The health of our cultural ecosystem is dependent upon it.” said Todd Lowe, this years recipient.

Previous recipients are Morton Boyd, chairman emeritus of The Gheens Foundation, Inc., who served on the board of directors for Fund for the Arts, Actors Theatre and the Speed Museum, and Tom Noland who served on the board for the Fund for the Arts, Louisville Orchestra and Kentucky Opera as well as the Partnership for Creative Economies.

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