Jennifer Lawrence isn’t just one of the world’s biggest movie stars; she is also a truly innovative philanthropist. Recognizing the huge difference the arts made in her life growing up, she’s giving back via the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts. Led by Meredith Lawrence, Jennifer’s sister-in-law, the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund invests in innovative initiatives that increase access to the arts, drive student success, and promote arts excellence. Since its creation in 2016, the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund has served more than 75,000 individuals through transformative arts experiences while supporting 34 creative organizations.
Karen Lawrence’s leadership on both the Awards in the Arts Planning and Selections Committee have been critical from the inception of Awards in the Arts event, which first launched in 2016 to benefit the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts. The 2018 Awards in the Arts presented by Woodford Reserve and Joy Mangano will be held at Churchill Downs on April 28th, recognizing seven artists and arts groups who are transforming Louisville’s cultural landscape. You can find out more at