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Blue Grass Community Foundation to hold small, mealtime conversations about issues — join in

At a press conference at the Government Center yesterday, Blue Grass Community Foundation and the City of Lexington announced On The Table 2018, a community engagement initiative designed to bring people together during small, mealtime conversations to talk about issues that impact the quality of life in their communities. On Wednesday, March 28, On The Table discussions will take place at hundreds...

Keith MacAdam Endowment through BGCF will benefit trails on Kentucky’s Nature Preserves

The family of the late Keith MacAdam and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNP) are pleased to announce the establishment of the “Keith MacAdam Endowment for the Kentucky Nature Preserves” in his memory through the Blue Grass Community Foundation. The $250,000 endowment fund will generate $10,000 each year exclusively for the management of trails on State Nature Preserves. The KSNP...

BGCF awards more than $18,000 to Fayette County Public Schools for 2017-18 mini-grant program

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has awarded a total of $18,680 to Fayette County Public Schools for the 2017-18 teacher mini-grant program, which encourages innovative learning and creativity in the classroom. All FCPS teachers were invited to apply. A committee of community volunteers considered each project’s potential to improve student achievement, the number of students who would benefit,...

Blue Grass Community Foundation announces 4-year, $100,000 matching grant to launch CivicLex

Blue Grass Community Foundation has announced a $100,000 matching grant to launch CivicLex, a nonprofit, non-partisan initiative designed to provide a better understanding of the issues impacting Lexington. The grant will provide four years of support of up to $25,000 per year, based on a dollar-for-dollar match. CivicLex will gather and share information about topical issues and civic processes at...

Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank gets artistic facelift, partnering with LAL and NoLi

Staff Report Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank in Lexington is being painted through a partnership with the Lexington Art League and the NoLi (North Limestone) corporation. A formal debut is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The York St. Water Tank Mural
 Collaboration of NoLi CDC, Kentucky American Water, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington Art League, and...

Morris Foundation to present Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund Awards in Louisville

Three Kentucky high school seniors will receive $5,000 college scholarships through a fund named in honor of Lewis Sexton, former president of UAW Local 862 On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Morris Foundation will present awards from the Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund at an evening event at UAW Local 862. Sexton is the grandfather of Nate Morris, founder and chairman of Morris Industries. Morris is the Founder,...

SplashJAM water pad returns to Northeastern Park in time for the summer heat

Have fun and stay cool downtown this summer at SplashJAM. The pop-up splash pad is back. Blue Grass Community Foundation has once again partnered with Lexington Parks & Recreation, the City, Lexington Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) and Gehl Institute to open the pop-up splash pad at Northeastern Park, 140 N. Eastern Ave. “SplashJAM is a much needed addition, and we are glad to support...

Pop-up Music Lounge will serve as temporary community gathering spot on Southland Drive

The rain drenched them, but those who gathered to cut the ribbon at a new “pop-up” structure on Southland Drive recently didn’t let it dampen their enthusiasm. “The Music Lounge,” as designer Rakeem Bradshaw dubbed it, will serve as a temporary experimental community gathering spot along a corridor long known for its ties to music through its shops and entertainment facilities through October. Bradshaw,...

Your $5,000 idea to build a better Lexington? Knight announces Emerging City Champions Program

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced it will once again offer funding, mentorship and networking opportunities to young civic innovators through its Emerging City Champions program. Successful applicants will receive ongoing professional support, $5,000 to make their ideas a reality in one year, and a trip to the Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto, Canada, from June 24 to...

On the Table initiative to spur community-wide conversation about Lexington set for Wednesday

Lexington is one of 10 cities across the U.S. selected to participate in the national replication initiative On the Table with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Blue Grass Community Foundation is spearheading the effort. On the Table is a community-wide conversation designed to bring people together during small mealtime conversations to discuss not only what makes their city...

Citizens invited to ‘On the Table’ kickoff celebration at Keeneland to discuss Lexington’s future

The ‘On the Table’ community conversation starts with a kickoff celebration March 1. The kickoff event will be 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Keeneland Entertainment Center, and is free and open to the public. Participants will receive food and drinks, swag bags and a toolkit to help them host their own ‘On the Table’ events on March 15. “Lexington, let’s gather around a table and talk about...

Two UK programs to benefit from 2016 GoodGiving Guide Challenge

The GoodGiving Guide Challenge, a local charitable campaign that was started six years ago by Smiley Pete Publishing and the Blue Grass Community Foundation, will raise money for two University of Kentucky programs — Child Development Center of the Bluegrass and Shoulder to Shoulder Global. Organizers of the campaign, which began Nov. 29, and ends Saturday, Dec. 31, hope to raise $2 million for...

Lexington receives Blue Grass Community Foundation Grant to Southland Drive project

As part of the ongoing Southland Drive corridor redesign, the city has launched a new project called “Retrofitting the RETRO” – a public pop-up green space that will be used to both increase aesthetics and pedestrian mobility in the area. The Blue Grass Community Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund recently donated $10,000 to help take the project from...

Bluegrass Community Foundation sponsored splash park opens Saturday at Northeastern Park

A free, new water play feature is coming to Northeastern Park in Lexington. Sponsored by Blue Grass Community Foundation, SplashJAM will be open this summer from July 2 to August 10, 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. The limited-time pop-up splash park is a partnership of Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington Downtown Development Authority(LDDA), Lexington...

Blue Grass Community Foundation seeking qualified artists for new public art project

Blue Grass Community Foundation, in partnership with the Kentucky Horse Park and LFUCG, invites artists to submit qualifications for a public art project. Selected artists will be commissioned to create designs for flags, known as blazes, located on the Legacy Trail, and will receive a fee of $1,200 for their final design. There are at least two locations anticipated for new Blazes, with more possible...

Torp, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Nowland-Curry win Weinberg Humanitarian awards

Tanya Torp, Blue Grass Community Foundation and the late Betsy Nowland-Curry have been selected by the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice (“KCCJ”) and The Plantory to receive the 2016 Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Awards. Tanya Torp is a compassionate lover of community. As Program Director of Step by Step Lexington, she works to inspire and encourage young mothers through case management,...

Blue Grass Community Foundation announces $1.3 million raised through GoodGiving Challenge

Lisa Adkins, President/CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation, said the 2015 GoodGiving Guide Challenge raised over $1.3 million for 115 nonprofits serving Central and Eastern Kentucky. The Challenge, a collaboration of Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, is an online giving campaign designed to highlight local nonprofits and encourage charitable giving. Since its inception...

Trails A-blaze-ing: New art project makes Legacy Trail ‘more vibrant and beautiful’

  Blazes created artist Janice Durham mark one of 15 spots on the Legacy Trail. (City of Lexington photo)   Sixty-one flags – called “blazes” – now grace the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s popular cycling/walking trail.   Hanging in clusters of three to five on poles 25- to 35-feet tall, the flags are scattered along the trail in 15 spots. Each was inspired by its...

Trails A-blaze-ing: New art project makes Legacy Trail ‘more vibrant and beautiful’

  Blazes created artist Janice Durham mark one of 15 spots on the Legacy Trail. (City of Lexington photo)   Sixty-one flags – called “blazes” – now grace the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s popular cycling/walking trail.   Hanging in clusters of three to five on poles 25- to 35-feet tall, the flags are scattered along the trail in 15 spots. Each was inspired by its...

Town Branch Commons moving forward
with $50M private fundraising campaign

Town Branch Commons (Rendering courtesy Please SCAPE/Landscape Architecture and MIR)   Town Branch Commons, a winding downtown park that will follow the path of Lexington’s historic water source and connect the urban core with rural landscapes, is moving forward with private fundraising.   The Urban County Council recently authorized the Blue Grass Community Foundation to launch a $50 million...