Awards in the Arts

Artist Olivia Griffin.

Fund for the Arts celebrates its sixth annual awards ceremony


By Mollie LaFavers
Photos by Tim Harris


Over the past six years, Louisville’s Awards in the Arts (AITA) celebrates the extraordinary arts landscape in Greater Louisville and the artists themselves, their talent and passion, to create, produce and present transformative and inspiring works of art, in and for our community. In a world that remains socially and physically distant in many ways, this year’s Awards in the Arts will bring a one-of-a-kind celebration to the comfort of your own home.

After canceling the event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fund for the Arts is excited to celebrate the 2020 Awards in the Arts recipients. Seven local and national artists and arts organizations were selected to receive an award based on their exceptional passion and dedication to the arts.

In recent years, Awards in the Arts has recognized national and local talent such as Jim James, Bryson Tiller, Tim Daly, Teddy Abrams and organizations such as the River City Drum Corps and Actors Theatre of Louisville. This year’s award recipients include Emerging Leader in the Arts Award winner, Darren Harbour; Arts Innovation Award recipient, Louisville Children’s Film Festival; Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award winner, Ken Clay; Arts Education Award recipient, Louisville Visual Art; Arts Impact Award winner, Americana Community Center; Cultural Equity Award recipient, Matthew Kaufmann and the SMART Students; and National Award winner, LaVon Fisher-Wilson.

Artist Braylyn Resko Stewart.

“It is an honor to have been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Fund for the Arts,” said Ken Clay. “I’m so pleased to be a part of the arts scene in Louisville. The arts are something I’ve always loved, even from my youth. The arts have a unifying strength to pull people together.”

In addition to celebrating the award recipients, this year’s Awards in the Arts will feature appearances and performances by local and national celebrities, an exclusive one-of-a-kind auction and artists from Churchill Downs’ Opening Night. Tickets will include a gourmet dinner by Louisville’s own Susan Hershberg of Wiltshire Pantry, dessert by local Hip Hop Sweets, online event access and an extraordinary party kit filled with unique party favors and swag. This will be an event that you won’t want to miss.

CirqueLouis performing at Awards in the Arts.

Fund for the Arts President and CEO Christen Boone said, “Awards in the Arts is our opportunity to celebrate the incredible artists and cultural organizations of our community, and this year above any other, it is time to celebrate the resilience, inspiration and joy the arts bring. And although this year’s AITA may look different, we will not disappoint. We are excited to bring all of the excitement, uniqueness and surprise you have come to expect from this event.” 

The sixth annual Awards in the Arts will take place virtually on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Find out more information about the event, purchase tickets and participate in the auction at fundforthearts.org/awardsinthearts.

Fund for the Arts
623 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202