To bring a bit of brightness to the dark devastation in western Kentucky caused by a 2021 winter tornado, Independence Bank and LexArts collaborated on a public art display as a form of healing.


LexArts, Lexington’s official local arts agency, works to enhance the quality of life through the arts. Its Horse Mania public art project, extremely popular and successful in 2000 and 2010, is returning in 2022 to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary. In a unique collaboration, Independence Bank has funded three of the 70+ life-size fiberglass horse statues. Lexington artists Jerielle Hanlon, Lennon Michalski and De Selby were selected to work with creative high school art students from the affected area of Graves, Hopkins and Warren Counties to design and create the horse sculptures.


To help raise money for storm relief, these horses will be auctioned at Keeneland—home of the largest and most prominent Thoroughbred auction house in the world – in December 2022. The horses funded by the Bank will then be permanently displayed in the storm-impacted areas of Graves, Hopkins and Warren Counties.


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