Arts Resilience Initiative

The current health crisis is putting staggering pressures on the arts community in Lexington and Central Kentucky. With strict guidelines to stem the spread of the virus, public gatherings are banned, venues are closed, and performances, shows, events, classes and gigs are being cancelled, resulting in hundreds of thousands in projected lost revenue for artists and arts organizations.

Focused on lost income, the fund will quickly provide one-time relief to eligible artists and arts organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum award for an individual artist is $500, while the maximum award for arts organizations is $2,000.

Applications from individual artists will be accepted continuously, with grants made on a rolling basis. Applications from arts organizations must be received by April 24. For more information about the Arts Resilience Fund, eligibility information and online applications for artists and arts organizations, please click here.

The Arts Resilience Initiative fund is a resources-in, resources-out fund, and the fund will continue to provide financial relief to artists and arts organizations only as long as donations support it. It is projected that the demand for funds will exceed the available resources, so donations are needed to continue grantmaking to help our local artists and arts organizations when they need it most.

“The need is high, and the issue is urgent,” said LexArts Interim President and CEO Ame Sweetall. “We invite those who appreciate and enjoy Lexington’s arts and cultural scene to join us in addressing the urgent needs of the artists and creatives in our community and ensuring the longevity of the arts and cultural sectors of Lexington.”


Donate online by clicking here.

Donate by check: Make checks payable to Blue Grass Community Foundation and indicate that your gift should be directed to the Arts Resilience Initiative. Mail checks to:

Blue Grass Community Foundation
Attn: Arts Resilience Initiative
499 E. High Street #112
Lexington, KY 40507

Lead Donors

Knight Foundation Donor Advised Charitable Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation
The Jenna and Matthew Mitchell Family Foundation
The Groovalution
The Murry Foundation
Stockyard, LLC
The Fund for Greater Lexington, a community endowment at Blue Grass Community Foundation

Thanks to the support of these generous donors, the fund is able to move swiftly and issue a first round of grants totaling $30,000 to the LexArts 2019/2020 General Operating Support Partners: the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, the Lexington Art League, Lexington Children’s Theater, Lexington Philharmonic and the Living Arts & Science Center.

If your business would like to join the initiative and provide a corporate gift, please email Scott Fitzpatrick at



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