At least for the foreseeable future, the children of Louisville and beyond will have access to the arts thanks in part to Kosair Charities, which has given a multiyear, $1 million grant to the Fund For the Arts. That grant was announced at a press conference on Tuesday morning.
The new funding helps strengthen the Fund for the Arts and allows the nonprofit to reach further into other Kentucky communities. It will provide arts programming and educational experiences for children in Louisville and nearby counties, which is a key initiative of the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan that aims to increase access to the arts for the next generation.
“We’re humbled by Kosair Charities’ remarkable investment and grateful for the immense opportunity this grant represents,” Christen Boone, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts, said in a news release. “Their commitment ensures impactful arts experiences for our region’s youngest members and, in doing so, creates a foundation for our arts community for years to come.”
Kosair and the Fund for the Arts have been working together since 2012 on various programs. “Arts for Kosair Kids,” which began in 2015, has been offering local youth the opportunity to interact with arts organizations on a weekly basis.
According to the National School Boards Association, students who are involved with curricular and extracurricular art activities are more likely to graduate high school.
“Kosair Charities is fueling lifelong learning in a major way with this transformative investment in arts education,” Mayor Greg Fischer said at the press conference. “We know that by leveraging arts and culture, our students are more likely to academically achieve, be civically engaged and equipped with essential 21st-century skills.”