Friday, October 28, 2016

Through a recent donation from the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts (JLAF) awarded grants totaling over $200,000 to several Greater Louisville arts organizations. Each grant supports the mission of the Fund for the Arts, which is to maximize the impact of the arts on economic development, education, and the quality of life for everyone by generating resources, inspiring excellence, and creating community connections.

"The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is so proud to support the arts in her hometown of Louisville with these game-changing grants," said Meredith Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Executive Director. "We want to ensure we create transformative arts experiences through the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts in every school, community center, park, and public place."

Created in the spring of 2016, the JLAF supports the mission of Fund for the Arts and the key objectives identified by the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation (a component fund of The Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc.) which are to promote and support arts excellence, access, and education. The JLAF was funded with the net proceeds from the inaugural Awards in the Arts held on Saturday April 30, 2016–hosted by Fund for the Arts, Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, and Churchill Downs–and presented by Brown-Forman and Delta Dental of Kentucky.

"Fund for the Arts is beyond grateful to have the support of Jennifer Lawrence," said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. "We are taking great strides as an arts community and that growth is fueled not only by 20,000 donors to the Fund but also by Oscar winner and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence."