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LexArts’ Nan Plummer leaving January 31 to become executive director of Treeline Conservancy in Ann Arbor

Ellen “Nan” Plummer has announced her resignation as LexArts President and CEO, effective January 31. She has accepted the position of Executive Director of The Treeline Conservancy, a new nonprofit dedicated to creating and maintaining an urban trail along the historic alignment of Allen Creek in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nan PlummerPlummer began her work at LexArts, the united arts fund and...

LexArts elects seven new members to the board of the 47-year-old arts council and United Arts Fund

LexArts announces the election of seven new members to its Board of Directors: Lauren Case, Fayette County Public Schools; Colin Doherty, Hook Interactive; Ken Gish, K&L Gates; Emmy Hartley, Team Cornett; Jill Hall Rose, Rose Law Office and Don Hall GM Supercenter; Chad Rudzik, Fifth Third Bank; Camden Skidmore, Republic Bank; Robin Thomerson, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; and Yajaira Aich West,...

Keeneland announces Christa Marrillia and Marc Therrien have joined executive leadership team

Keeneland officials have announced two additions to the executive leadership team as Christa Marrillia is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, while Marc Therrien is Managing Director of Keeneland Hospitality.  Christa Marrillia “Our world-class marketing efforts and the hospitality we extend to our guests are critical to the success of our core business,” said Keeneland President and CEO...

Lexington’s Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center announces search for new executive director

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center recently announced the opening of the search for a new executive director. The search will be led by a committee comprised of Lyric Board members, with the assistance of nonprofit consultant Lee Ellen Martin. The executive director is responsible for the overall administration and management of the organization, including fundraising, arts and cultural programming,...

Coming this Saturday — a chance to take one of Lexington’s Book Benches home from the auction

The Book Benches that graced the streets of Lexington will be auctioned off at the Book Benches Live Auction and Gala Celebration on Saturday at gala at 6:30 p.m. at The Livery. You can attend — and purchase one of the benches to take home with you. The Book Benches are fabulous works of art and a celebration of Kentucky authors. They are a collaborative project of Arts Connect, LexArts and...

Book Benches, works of art celebrating Ky authors, moving from streets of Lex to auction block

The Book Benches that have graced the streets of Lexington will soon be auctioned off at the Book Benches Live Auction and Gala Celebration on November 17 at The Livery. The Book Benches are fabulous works of art and a celebration of Kentucky authors. They are a collaborative project of Arts Connect, LexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. They were modeled after Horse Mania and...

University Press of Kentucky celebrating 75 years with LexArts UPK75 exhibit, other initiatives

Three-quarters of a century ago, what would become University Press of Kentucky (UPK) got its start in the History Department at the University of Kentucky. Now, over 2100 books later, they are celebrating that history with a special LexArts Gallery Hop exhibit — UPK75 — opening on the second floor of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be entertainment,...

Ky Nonprofit Network honors member organizations, legislators and officials with advocacy awards

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented three member organizations, five legislators and eight officials with awards as part of its 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on February 1. The annual event provides nonprofit organizations statewide with the opportunity to meet legislators and support Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s...

Lexington Legends, CEO Andy Shea named 2017 recipient of Distinguished Philanthropist Award

The Lexington Legends and president and CEO Andy Shea have been named recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Philanthropist award. Given annually by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Distinguished Philanthropist Award is presented to an individual, corporation, or foundation that has made a significant contribution to our community through their acts of kindness...

LexArts Book Benches public art project to celebrate Ky’s literary heritage; call to artists in mid-November

LexArts has announced a new collaboration with Arts Connect and The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning to present a new public art project in Lexington. Book Benches will invite artists to submit designs based on their illustrative interpretation of a work written by a Kentucky author. A call for artists will be issued in mid-November. Building on the enormous success and community support...

LexArts names Diane Boyer director of major gifts as organization moves to expand fundraising efforts

LexArts is pleased to announce that Diane Boyer has joined the staff as Director of Major Gifts. Her responsibilities will include leading efforts to increase fundraising through the strengthening of the united arts fund’s major gifts program. Diane Boyer Boyer’s fundraising career began as Executive Director of Vision Versailles, a downtown development and historic preservation nonprofit....

More than 50 venues participating in upcoming LexArts HOP on September 15

Lexington’s signature LexArts HOP continues on Friday, Sept. 15. Held on the third Friday of every other month, the LexArts HOP, sponsored by Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, features nearly 50 participating venues, including local galleries, museums, artist studios, and supporting locations. The HOP’s official hours are between 5-8 p.m.; however, many of the sites, including local restaurants...

LexArts announces addition of Hess, Padgett, Stewart, Walker to Board of Directors

LexArts announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors: Anna Hess, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras; Greg Padgett, Padgett Construction; Jon Stewart, Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance; and Frank X. Walker, poet, professor and playwright. Hess John Cioci, PNC Bank, currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the 44 year old arts council and United Arts Fund. Other members...

The Village Idiot hosting unveiling of commemorative mural of legendary Man o’ War Thursday

An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30’ x 30’ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration,...

LexArts announces University Open Fine Arts Exhibition Open to showcase emerging talent

LexArts is once again conducting its University Open, showcasing the state’s emerging talent. Now in its eleventh year, University Open is a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky colleges and universities. The exhibit will be on display at ArtsPlace Gallery May 18 – July 1. LexArts will host a special opening reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday,...

Marcello Cormio appointed newest musical director for Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) have appointed Marcello Cormio as the new Music Director. After an almost year-long search and vetting process, Cormio was chosen from three final candidates for the position. A search committee formed in July 2016 to interview and select the candidates for the next conductor, who, in addition to conducting CKYO’s Symphony and Concert Orchestras, will...

LexArts Fund for the Arts campaign kickoff, arts showcase, set for Tuesday at Transylvania

LexArts, Lexington’s United Arts Fund and community arts council, will renew its commitment to raising funds on behalf of Lexington’s arts and culture industry at a campaign kickoff and arts showcase on Tuesday, March 14. The even begins at 5:30 p.m. at Haggin Auditorium on the Transylvania University campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. Arts administrators, area business leaders, local government...

People in the News: Razor, Flanery named to nonprofit board; LexArts adds new board members

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, has elected two new members to its board of directors: Sarah Razor, executive director of the National Association of State Chief Administrators, and Lori Hudson Flanery, president and CEO of New Directions Housing Corporation. Sarah Razor Razor brings more than 12 years of association management experience to KNN’s seven-member...

Cardinal Valley art teacher Michelle Armstrong, elementary students complete downtown mural

Local artist Michelle Armstrong, who teaches at Cardinal Valley Elementary, recently wrapped up a year-long mural project in downtown Lexington. Her artwork – which depicts a beehive, native Kentucky flowers, and bees – appears on all four sides of The Hive Salon and ArtHAUS, at 156 Deweese St. Armstrong got an assist from several student groups, including the Sisopromateum Art Club, the Cub Scouts...