Burnside Says Reaction to Fund for the Arts Letter Has Been Surprising

Burnside says her concern is with how the fund distributes money. She says the organization should distribute it evenly among performing, visual and other types of arts and the fact that the fund more heavily supports performing arts should be widely known

Calls for Fund for the Arts Leadership Changes Continue

The protest is meant to encourage the fund’s board to fire CEO Allan Cowen. Cowen threatened the job of the director of the Louisville Visual Art Association in a voicemail last month after the director and others criticized the fund for giving little or no money to visual arts groups.

Artists, Advocates to Protest Fund for the Arts

Artists and arts advocates, who have been outspoken about his frustrations with the Fund for the Arts CEO Allan Cowen, will demonstrate outside the fund’s offices later this week.

Complaints about Cowen have increased after a message he left the unsatisfied director of the Louisville Visual Art Association became public.

LVAA Board Chair Says Cowen Reprimand Is Not Enough, Will Ask for Meeting With Fund’s Board

Cowen was rebuked for allegedly threatening the job of Louisville Visual Art Association director Shannon Westerman in a voicemail last month. Westerman and others had published a letter in Business First saying many visual arts groups receive little or no money from the Fund for the Arts.

Visual Art Association board president Benton Keith says Cowen should’ve been fired for his actions, because they’re part of a pattern of bad behavior.

Fund for the Arts Board Takes Action on Cowen, Will Update Strategic Plan

The action stems from a voicemail Cowen left the director of the Louisville Visual Art Association last month. The message allegedly threatened the director’s job over a letter that appeared in Business First. In the letter, the director and others wrote that many visual arts groups do not receive money from the Fund for the Arts. Cowen has apologized for his actions

State of the News

STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/04/11: The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing this month on a complaint filed against Councilwoman Judy Green; Phillip Bailey joins us with the details. A skirmish between some Louisville arts leaders and Fund for the Arts chief Allen Cowan made the news this week, and we’ll also check in with the C-J’s Jim Carroll to find out what’s new in Washington. Tune in to State of the News for analysis of these and other stories.  Listen to the Show