LexArts sets campaign record, aims much higher


Scott Terrell conducts the Lexington Philharmonic in a February Kicked Back Classics concert at the Downtown Arts Center. The Philharmonic received the largest allocation of general operating support funds from LexArts 2012 Campaign for the Arts. © Herald-Leader staff photos by Rich Copley.

LexArts set a new record in its 2012 Campaign for the Arts, raising $1.05 million to be distributed among area cultural groups for general operating support and Community Arts Grants. But LexArts President and CEO Jim Clark said he plans to nearly double that take within the next five years.

Clark said a significantly larger haul of $2 million will be necessary to support the work of a number of groups that are pursuing ambitious goals such as the Living Arts and Science Center, which is undergoing a renovation that will double its space. Clark said campaign goals will likely increase incrementally over the next few years as LexArts works to bolster the donor base with organizations both in and out of Lexington.

“We’re doing national-level work and it deserves national funding,” Clark said.

He said the quality of work by local arts groups has been a big reason why the campaign raised more than $1 million for the seventh consecutive year, despite the recession.

“The product is strong, and it’s attracted strong supporters,” Clark said.

Along with the campaign haul, LexArts announced recipients of general operating support and community arts grants.

General operating support went to:

  • Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, $22,500
  • Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, $165,000
  • Lexington Children’s Theatre, $120,000
  • Lexington Art League, $60,000
  • Lexington Singers, $9,000
  • Living Arts & Science Center, $102,000

Recipients of Community Arts Grants, given for specific projects, were:

  • Balagula Theatre Company, $9,000 to support its upcoming season of five full length plays, including a world premier
  • Kentucky Ballet Theatre, $9,000 to support its 2012-2013 Season
  •  Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, $8,000 to support its Kentucky Great Writers Series
  • Chamber Music Festival Festival of Lexington,  $8,000 to support its weekend festival and the “July Series,” informal pop-up concerts around town performed by young artists
  • KY Women Writers Conference, Inc., $8,000 to support the annual conference
  • Central Music Academy, $5,000 to support free music lessons for financially disadvantaged youth ages 8 to 18 years old
  • LexingtonChamber Chorale, $5,000 to support its 2012-2013 Season
  • Headley-WhitneyMuseum, $5,000 to support its Improbable Baubles art program for middle school students
  • Common Good, $2,500 to support a youth arts initiative blending traditional storytelling with digital multimedia design
  • KentuckyMighty Wurlitzer Project, $2,500 to support the 90th Anniversary Celebration at the Kentucky Theatre
  • Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, $2,000 to support the creation of abbreviated love letters to the city of Lexington, installed as temporary works of street art along Limestone.
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