Fund for the Arts Considers Changes

The Fund for the Arts’ annual campaign has ended and the organization’s energy will now turn inward, toward revising its mission and policies. The shakeup at the fund started earlier this year, when CEO Allan Cowen retired amid a flurry of criticism over his brusque interactions with artists and arts groups. Much of the dissent […]

Kansas Implements “Plan B” for Arts Funding

When he introduced his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer warned the Metro Council and the public that subsequent budgets would be much leaner. There’s a persistent $15 million gap in revenues, and Fischer says it will take fundamental changes to Metro Government to close that gap. Among those possible […]

Fund for the Arts CEO Says Support Remains Strong After Cowen’s Departure

After a tumultuous start to the year and with its city grant in danger, the Fund for the Arts will wrap up its annual fundraising campaign this month. The year started with complaints about long-time CEO Allan Cowen’s interactions with arts groups. Cowen was a skilled fundraiser, but his successor Barbara Sexton Smith says his […]

Orchestra Returns to Court Tomorrow, Reorganization Plan Due

The Louisville Orchestra is due in court again tomorrow for a bankruptcy hearing. Under the ensemble’s Chapter 11 filing, orchestra management has to submit a plan for reorganizing operations. Officials have declined to comment on the content or status of the plan, but the management had previously sought to reduce the number of full-time musicians. […]

Halfway to Forecastle A Stepping Stone for the 10th Anniversary

Forecastle Founder JK McKnight has announced the headliners for this summer’s Halfway to Forecastle Festival. The Halfway to Forecastle Festival has been held annually since 2008 and focuses more on electronic music.   However, this year’s event is replacing the actual Forecastle Festival in anticipation of its 10th anniversary celebration in 2012. “Halfway has always had […]

Wendell Berry Writes and Fights For The Land, Not The Environment

“There’s something ageless about Wendell Berry” – Garrison Keillor It’s a rainy spring afternoon on Wendell Berry’s hillside farm in Henry County, northeast of Louisville. He’s taking a break, sitting at his kitchen table, talking about what it was like to get a medal from The President. “It was extraordinary. It was an experience totally […]

Attorney Looking Into Museum of Art and Craft Resignations

An attorney is looking into this week’s management change at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. After weeks of negotiations, the museum’s board of directors asked museum director Kevin O’Brien and deputy director Brion Clinkingbeard to resign. Attorney Kenneth Handmaker says he’s been asked to look into the situation to see if the action […]

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Director and Deputy Director Leave Positions

The director and deputy director of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft have left their positions. The museum’s board asked Kevin O’Brien and Brion Clinkingbeard to resign. Board member Martha Slaughter says the request came after weeks of discussion. “I don’t think that there was any specific thing that either of them did that […]

Venable Confident About Speed Fundraising Campaign

The director of the Speed Art Museum is confident his organization can complete its capital campaign by the end of this year. The Speed has quietly been raising money toward a $57 million goal for two years. On Friday, the public phase of the campaign began with $31 million already raised. Director Charles Venable says […]