KACF Capital Campaign

 

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Who   The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation (KACF), currently located at 609 W.

Main Street in historic downtown Louisville.  The Kentucky Art and Craft

Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to continue the art

and craft heritage of Kentucky through the support and education of craft

artists and education of the public.  The Foundation is supported in part by

the Fund for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency of the

Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet.

 

What:  A $5.5 million Capital Campaign launched to purchase and renovate 715-717

W. Main Street as KACF’s new headquarters and permanent home.  The new

location consists of a 27,000 square foot property in a restored four-story

building enhanced by a 42' cast iron facade in the heart of Louisville’s West

Main Street Historic district.  The money being raised is also to increase the

organization’s endowment fund.

 

Where: Kentuckiana

 

When: The Campaign was announced on Friday, October 12, 2001. The 

grand opening is Thursday, April 3, 2003.

 

Why:    In order to continue to serve over 125,000 patrons a year and to expand

educational and exhibition programming, KACF must increase its available

space and resources.

 

By moving into the new building, KACF will considerably increase the level

of all areas of its programming thereby continuing to advance its mission of

enhancing the craft heritage of Kentucky through education, exhibitions and

craft sales.  The money raised through the capital campaign will also help to

increase KACF’s Endowment Fund.

 

Recent studies document that students with high levels of arts participation

outperform “arts-poor” students by almost every measure.  The gains are

more significant among students who have not been exposed to an “arts-rich”

curriculum than for those who have participated in an arts rich program. (J.

Catterall, UCLA)  These creative approaches are critically needed for

Kentucky’s children most at risk.  Over 80% of the children served

by KACF education programs are at risk and KACF enjoys seeing evidence

of their success.  The new facility will more than quadruple the space for

education and permit KACF to impact the lives of many more children

each year.  

 

If you would like to help support and educate Kentucky artists and help educate Kentuckiana

schoolchildren by contributing to KACF's capital campaign, please call (502) 590-0102. 

 


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