Next month, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation joins the Fund for the Arts in creating two uniquely Louisville celebrations that support our local artists. The Awards in the Arts and Opening Night at the Races promise to raise money and awareness while providing unforgettable cultural experiences. Don’t miss out.


Louisville has always been a city that nurtures and honors its arts culture. Even more so with the unique partnership of the Fund for the Arts and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation that formed to further the support of our vibrant arts community. For the third year in a row, both organizations, along with Churchill Downs and fabled entrepreneur Joy Mangano (who Lawrence portrayed in the movie Joy), will co-host the Awards in the Arts on Saturday April 28, 2018 at Churchill Downs. The second year of this exciting event (for ticket holders only) benefits the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts. It’s an evening of celebration where seven individual artists and arts organizations that foster our arts community will be honored with $5,000 awards to advance their work.

Last year’s winners included actor Tim Daly, Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Kentucky Shakespeare, Louisville Story program, LaNita Rocknettes School of Dance, set designer Paul Owen and book binder Rachel Mauser. Previous recipients participate in the selection committee. “It is a true privilege to leverage the proceeds of this event to bring joy, creativity, and so much more to everyone across Jennifer’s hometown,” said Meredith Lawrence, Director of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation.

The event features a premier cocktail lounge, dinner, awards presentation and exclusive performances in the Churchill Downs’ Stake Room.

Last year 750 guests attended the sold-out event where a net of $400,000 was generated for the Jennifer Lawrence Art Fund at the Fund for he Arts.

But the awards ceremony is only part of the excitement generated during that week by this partnership. The Fund for the Arts and Churchill Downs will also partner to showcase the arts community in celebrating Opening Night of Derby Week. In this one-of-a-kind, it-could-only-happen-here celebration, local artists will be selected to perform and create a variety of artistic experiences throughout the race track and on the big board throughout the evening. It’s a can’t miss occasion that highlights the best of our city’s unique cultural offerings.

Join other race fans and those attending the awards event and kick-off Derby week in style with this “Dress to Impress” occasion. The Lawrence Foundation for the Arts and Fund for the Arts have announced orange as the color of the week. Ladies are encouraged to wear cocktail or party dresses while gentlemen sport their sharp pants and dress shirt while a tie is optional. The signature accessory for Opening Night is a headpiece, whether it’s a fascinator, hat or headband. The idea is to be creative and have fun. “We look forward to bringing guests exciting arts performances on Opening Night and supporting local artists for the third year,” Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “There is no better way to kick off Derby week than a celebration of Louisville’s world-class horse racing and vibrant arts community.”

Posted on 2018-03-01 by Allison Jones