2019 Grantees


2018 Partner Organizations and Affiliates


LexArts FY19 General Operating Support Partners


 LexArts FY19 Community Arts Development Grants


Adrienne Dixon - Common Spaces of the Commonwealth

Common Spaces of the Commonwealth is a photography exhibit that delves into what makes a place home; the people and the places. It is these two things that generate memories, inspire us, and implant themselves into our subconscious.

African American Forum 11th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest 2018

African American Forum presents the Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest, a regional event held annually that celebrates contemporary American Jazz, complemented by fine cuisine and Kentucky culture.

Allegro Dance

Allegro Dance presents Come Fourth which celebrates their fourth season with four brand new choreographic works. The show features contemporary dance, live original music, an exciting variety of aerial and circus arts and provides performance opportunities for participants of Allegro’s Inclusive Dance Outreach Program.

Bobby Walter - The Showcase of Music of Composers of African Descent 2018

The Showcase of Music of Composers of African Descent 2018 promotes community awareness of famous, and not so famous, outstanding music composers of African Americans and others from the African Diaspora.  The works of these composers are presented by professional and outstanding amateur musicians from Lexington and surrounding communities.

AthensWest Theatre Company

AthensWest present Edward Albee’s classic and award-winning drama, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?”  “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” is about two couples – one middle-aged and embittered, the other younger and idealistic – and an unforgettable evening of cocktails, calculations, and catastrophe.

Bluegrass Ceili Academy

Bluegrass Ceili Academy's community scholarship program provides tuition assistance to children and adults seeking to study Irish dance in Central Kentucky. Scholarships are awarded in two categories -- need-based and merit-based -- and cover either a semester or a year of classes.

Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society

Bluegrass Indo-American Society will host India Day to showcase Indo American artists and the culture of India.  Fun for all ages, the event includes food, dance, music, clothing, Rangoli, henna art, cooking, recipes, games and more. 

Bluegrass Opera House

Bluegrass Opera House presents Mary Todd.  Mary Todd is a new historical musical focusing on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln as a Lexingtonian.  In this play, audiences learn about the girl who became First Lady.

Bluegrass Youth Ballet

Bluegrass Youth Ballet's Valley Park Outreach Program introduces the art of ballet in a bilingual setting to underserved youth in the heart of Lexington's Latino community.

Camilo Quintana -BLEND 2018

BLEND is an annual art exhibition reflecting the talent of Latino artists living in Lexington and its surrounds.

Casa de la Cultura Kentucky

Casa de la Cultura Kentucky (CCK) coordinates classes and performances of Latin American folk dance for youth and adults. Dancers learn the cultural significance of traditional dance styles and perform the dances throughout the community.

Central Music Academy

The Music Education for Financially Disadvantaged Children of Central Music Academy provides provides free private music lessons, as well as group Bluegrass and steel band classes, for 135 low-income kids in Fayette County.


Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington is a 10-day music festival in the heart of the famed Bluegrass region of Kentucky. The festival serves central Kentucky with multiple concerts and educational programming featuring renowned and emerging artists.


Coinciding with January’s Gallery Hop, CREATE’s Music In My Mind art exhibit at First Presbyterian Gallery is curated by Kathy Rees Johnson.  In conjunction with the exhibit, Friday night is a choral performance by "Sentimental Journey" Parkinson Patients and Care Partners Chorus directed by Laura Cohoon MM, MT-BC and Interlude Jazz Piano-Art Improvisation by Raleigh Dailey and Dawna Scripps. On Saturday a panel of artists, musicians and music therapists engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on the ways music can impact health and wellness with audience participation.

Greenroom Exchange

In September 2018, to coincide with Lexington’s Latino Festival, Green Room Exchange hosts Xiomara and Axel - Musica Cubana Calinente. New York based Cuban musicians, diva singer Ximora Laugart and her son, keyboardist extraordinaire Axel Tosca Laugart - accompanied by American composer and jazz saxophonist, Jonathan Ragonese – have scheduled performances at area venues including Festival Latino de Lexington, Origins Jazz Series with members of the Lexington Chamber Society, a show at the club Creaux downtown and an intimate house concert hosted by Denny Williamson. 

Harstad Fine Art Series

Harstad Fine Art Series 2018-2019 Season consists of three world class musical performances with accompanying educational outreach projects, two performances of local musicians and scholarship awardees, and three visual art exhibitions, all presented free of charge to the public

Headley-Whitney Museum

The Headley-Whitney Museum takes Improbable Baubles into the classroom to teach students about the arts, specifically the process of creating a work of art from conception to critique. This discovery leads the students to create their own improbable bauble, culminating in an end-of-the year student exhibition at the Museum. 


InnOVATION Arts produces three public musical theatre shows each year. These shows are open to the public and showcase InnOVATION Arts Academy students.  

Institute 193

A series of exhibitions, programs, and publications produced by Institute 193 highlighting the work of contemporary Southern artists with an emphasis on artists from Kentucky.

Kentucky Ballet Theatre

Kentucky Ballet Theatre produces a full performance season of professional ballet in Lexington.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference

The annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest running literary festival of women in the nation and showcases art and issues unique to women writers. Nationally renowned authors such as Mary Gaitskill lead writing workshops, panel discussions, and readings for writers at all stages of development, who come seeking inspiration, fellowship, and practical advice about the publishing industry. KWWC’s literary programming spans the calendar from spring through fall.

Kurt and Kremena - Unlearn Fear + Hate 

Unlearn Fear + Hate is a permanent halo sculpture coming to downtown Lexington. Measuring 20 feet in diameter, it is a legacy  piece for the cycle of artworks known as Unlearn Fear + Hate.


KYuke Youthfest aims to bring local youth and visiting musicians together to celebrate and enjoy the ukulele and its local community by hosting workshops, school assemblies, and performances.

Mary Renzy – You and Me

Artworks are created by pairing the photography of Mary Renzy with artworks’ of other artists working in different media. Rezny's Lexington gallery will exhibit these images in January and February 2019 and hosts talks that offer collaborating artists opportunities to discuss and demonstrate their techniques.

Lexington Ballet Company

Lexington Ballet Company’s program combines performances and outreach. Performances are three full-cast productions at the Lexington Opera House of The Nutcracker, Coppélia and Sleeping Beauty. LBC’s professional ensemble extends community outreach to schools with Dance Menagerie, a dynamic educational program.

Lexington Chamber Chorale

The Lexington Chamber Chorale season includes four subscription concerts, two with guest artists, and a non-subscription concert, wherein the Chorale collaborates with the Lexington Philharmonic. Performances include Songs for the Season, A Cathedral Christmas and All Music Was Once New.

Lexington Old-Time Music Gathering

Lexington Old-Time Music Gathering is a four-day winter music festival bringing Kentucky's traditional arts to the Commonwealth's largest epicenter. The gathering includes “old masters” of traditional mountain music; dance callers from throughout the state; performances by accomplished and emerging string bands; youth workshops and performances; academic presentations; jamming for all skill levels; dance, singing, and instrument workshops; literary readings; instrument and art vendors; and some of our finest farm-to-table eating experiences.

Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

Feed the Soul is an annual program hosted by The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center designed to nurture wellness. The second Wednesday of March through December patrons are invited to enjoy a catered lunch while listening to local, live music. Audience members are seated on stage creating an intimate, personal experience. Artists chosen for this program are local, with diverse ethnicities and music genres.

Origins Jazz Series

Origins Jazz Series is the intersection of some of Lexington’s most respected venues, jazz artists, and festival organizers. It is a series that is designed to build on the current energy of jazz as a popular art form in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

Namhee Lim – Quality Music for Young Children: Early Childhood Community Music Education

Quality Music for Young Children: Early Childhood Community Music Education is designed to improve the quality of musical experiences of young children living in Lexington through site-based collaboration.

Paint The Town

Paint the Town is an all-day outdoor plein air painting event and exhibition held on the last Saturday in June.  Artists register, paint at a location of their choice anywhere within a designated eight-block area of downtown Lexington and turn in their finished works.  Artworks are then curated, professionally hung and professionally judged by a renowned guest artist.  The community is invited to participate in the judging by voting for the People’s Choice Award.  Following the event, works, all of which are for sale, remain at ArtsPlace as the Main Gallery Exhibition through the July Gallery Hop.

Patrick Mitchell – A Raisin In the Sun

Message Theater co-founder Patrick Mitchell directs Lorraine Hansberry’s  still relevant drama A Raisin in The Sun during the 60th anniversary year of the play’s Broadway debut. 

The Kentuckians Chorus

The Kentuckians Chorus hosts Youth in Harmony, a free, one day vocal workshop for students and their teachers to introduce barbershop harmony singing to young people.  During the workshop, professional music educators and championship singers teach and refine a cappella four part harmony, ending in a performance by the students.

The Lexington Gathering

The Lexington Gathering is a four-day weekend winter music and dance festival illuminating Kentucky's traditional arts in one of the Commonwealth's largest epicenters. The event features the "old masters" of traditional mountain music; dance instructors from throughout the state; performances by accomplished and emerging string bands; youth workshops and performances; academic presentations; jamming for all skill levels; dance, singing, and instrument workshops; literary readings; instrument and art vendors; and some of the finest farm-to-table eating experiences.

The LEXington Theatre Company

The LEXington Theatre Company’s fourth season presents its first two-show summer season with both productions, THE MUSIC MAN and A CHORUS LINE at the Lexington Opera House. 

The Lexington Singers

Entering the 60th season, The Lexington Singers is a large choral community arts organization that provides choral music performing arts opportunities to more than 300 artists ranging from the ages of 5 to 85, including collaborations with amateur and professional solo and group artists from Kentucky and abroad.

The Parachute Factory

The Parachute Factory Monthly Gallery Exhibitions feature different visual artists every month, from September through March, to provide both new and established artists with free gallery space for the North Limestone and East End communities, breaking the monetary and educational barriers of visual  arts institutions.