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.

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.

Glass Art Conference and Festival Get Underway

Glassmaking helped shape regional industry in the 1800s, when New Albany, Indiana, was a hub of plate glass manufacturing, and today the region is becoming known for its growing numbers of glass artists and glass studios. The latter led the international Glass Art Society to bring its annual conference to Louisville, which starts Wednesday and […]

Students Make Counterfeit Notes to Help New Orleans

A truck will pull into to Louisville tomorrow to collect hundreds of fake currency notes for a project to restore lead-contaminated soil in New Orleans. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer details. It’s called Operation Paydirt and includes a effort called The Fundred Dollar Bill Project, which is collecting imitation one hundred dollar bills illustrated by students nationwide. […]

United Way Mentors Groups with Innovative Ideas

Winners named earlier this month for Metro United Way’s Social Innovation Prize met today for the first of many planned discussions. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Among the five winners are Breaking New Grounds, which works to create jobs through sustainable urban agriculture; The Stewards Staff, which works to develop leadership skills among young people; […]

U of L Launches Arts and Culture Initiative

The University of Louisville has announced its new Arts and Culture Partnerships Initiative. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The initiative took root two years ago when the university began to develop formal agreements with local arts and cultural groups that could benefit nonprofits while giving students learning opportunities and faculty prospects to advise these groups. […]

Visual Art Association Celebrates Centennial

One hundred years ago, a group of Louisvillians launched what has become the city’s oldest arts organization. Now, it’s celebrating its founding. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The Louisville Visual Art Association started out with an exhibition in 1909. On Tuesday it kicks off a year-long celebration. It includes an exhibit from the association’s Children’s Free […]