Horse Play 2022, underwritten by a generous grant from The Kloiber Foundation, made it possible for every Fayette County school, public and private, to create its own horse or foal. High schools were furnished with full-size horses, while middle and elementary schools were provided with foals. The white fiberglass equine “blank canvases,” were provided for by Kloiber Foundation funds. In addition, the Horse Play project included a unique internship program allowing high school students to work in the program, in both artistic and administrative capacities. Important in-kind support for Horse Play came from corporate sources: Breyer, DecoArt, PPG and Toyota Kentucky.
An auction at Keeneland at the end of the display period was originally planned to generate proceeds benefiting arts education initiatives. However, as the foals went on display, it became clear by the deluge of phone calls to LexArts that every student and teacher involved in creating the Horse Play horses and foals would be crushed if they weren’t returned to the schools where they were created. An aptly named Fund for the Foals campaign was created in the summer of 2022 to ensure that each of the beloved equines would find their way home and that arts education initiatives could still be funded.