209 Castlewood Dr
Lexington KY 40505
Contact Information
Address 209 Castlewood Dr
Lexington, KY 40505
Phone (859) 254-7024
Contact Name Stephanie Harris
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer LAL accepts cash, check, credit card (Mastercard and Visa) donations as well as on-line contributions at www.lexingtonartleague.org. In order to make LAL a part of your long-term charitable gift planning or to donate gifts of stock, real estate or other assets, please contact LAL at 859-254-7024. LAL offers a broad range of volunteer and intern opportunities related to contemporary visual art and culture including help maintaining the Loudoun House Galleries, marketing and community outreach opportunities, special events and assisting artists in a variety of media.       
Financial Summary
Mission Statement
Mission -- To challenge, educate, engage and enhance our community through visual art and the advancement of local artists.
Vision -- LAL envisions a world where art, artists and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization and meaning.
Background Statement The Lexington Art League has been a progressive and innovative leader for our art community for over 50 years. LAL originated in 1957 as a group of friends with a common bond. They loved art, and they were artists. In the beginning, the group held exhibits in Lexington's stores downtown. They also used the city's coffeehouses, and held outdoor shows in the Courthouse Square. A few years later, the Lexington Art League was given a home by one of its members, Dr. Zygmunt Gierlach.  In 1976, the Lexington Art League was incorporated as a non-profit organization. With incorporation, the League shifted its focus from providing programs, gallery exhibits, opportunities and functions for members only, to providing those services for all of Central Kentucky. Early in 1984, the League moved into newly renovated Loudoun House in Castlewood Park.  The Lexington Art League presents new exhibits each year and offers diverse life-long learning opportunities in the visual arts. LAL takes an inclusive approach to planning for the organization’s future. Community leaders, organizational leaders, artists, educators, business leaders, visual art experts and patrons are regularly included in discussions about how LAL can be more relevant to the region.
Impact Statement
Founded in 1957, LAL has radically evolved beyond the parameters of traditional art leagues. While keeping the core of the art league model - a robust membership deeply committed to the value of visual art in contemporary life - LAL embraces 21st century approaches to curatorial programming, community-building, place-making, art education, and outreach to underserved communities. 
Committed to building a world where art, artists, and art-making flourish among regional, national and international communities, LAL provides free, quality contemporary art programming, including exhibitions, youth education and outreach programs, artist conversations, community tours and more. 
LAL's slogan, "Art for Everyone," reflects the organization's commitment to providing free, multiple access points for patrons to experience visual art, whether via LAL's exhibitions at the Loudoun House, involvement in Kentucky's only Community Supported Art program, or via education and outreach programs, LAL sees itself as a visual art organization that fosters relevant connections among diverse cross-sections of the public and thought-provoking contemporary artwork by local, regional, national and international artists. 
Needs Statement

LAL has specific needs associated with accomplishing our strategic and operational plan. We continually recruit community leaders from diverse sectors who understand the important roles artists play in creating a livable community to be on our board and volunteer cabinets.

We are interested in hearing peoples’ ideas about the role of LAL and contemporary art and artists in shaping the future of Lexington and our region. We welcome diverse perspectives about the role of art in society.

We need people to be positive ambassadors for LAL and to “spread the word” about our many accomplishments and plans for the future and involvement with us.

We need people to attend our exhibitions and events and bring others. If you are inspired, please become a member and donor.

We need people to make personally meaningful financial contributions to our annual fund to support our expanded programming that provides free community programs to thousands each year as well as LAL's international artist residency program. The majority of our costs are covered by contributions. Investment in LAL is an investment in art, artists and art-making that enriches our community. 

CEO/Executive Director Statement

In order to realize our new strategic plan, LAL is working immediately to:

Intensify our commitment to contemporary art and artists by making all of our activities “art-centric.” We are investing the majority of our resources into bringing nationally relevant art to Lexington as well as uplifting, encouraging and promoting our excellent local artists. To do this, we must re-imagine Loudoun House as a dedicated artist’s haven, a place where professional artists have the freedom and resources to create great contemporary art.

Expand LAL operations beyond Loudoun House to a venue or venues in downtown Lexington to make contemporary art and artists accessible to as many different kinds of people and groups as possible. This includes creating an “art space” where contemporary art is revealed and celebrated as well as a business “consultancy” where our region’s business leaders can integrate “whole brain” creative concepts into personal and professional transformation.

 Clarify LAL’s ”brand” by clearly articulating the many ways LAL, its art and artists contribute to our region’s quality of life and prosperity.

 Deepen ties to ALL our audiences with relevant and timely programs, experiences and communications that encourage meaningful conversations and personally rewarding relationships and community enrichment.

Unfolding our new vision will take time and fortitude. We know that we are up to the challenge because of our illustrious history – we were born out of the creative energy of activist artists – and the willingness and support of our legion of supporters, volunteers and our dedicated professional staff.

Our new strategic plan will take hold in very real ways. We will evaluate the kinds of art and artists with whom we engage, weigh viable alternatives for re-tasking Loudoun House, begin cementing scenarios for our expansion downtown, examine the efficacy of our programs and their relevance for our many audiences. We are not satisfied with the status quo. We will push the edge, take risks, prod and probe for meaning and insight in everything we do and the ways we engage others. That is the way of contemporary art and our way, too.

Board Chair Statement

At the end of November 2012, LAL’s board of directors voted to approve the results of a three-month process of updating LAL’s strategic plan, creating a concise and exciting vision for our organization’s next three years. The new plan builds upon momentum created by LAL’s first five decades and launches an explosively dynamic role for LAL in setting the standard for how contemporary art is encountered and integrated into our lives here in Central Kentucky.

Executing this plan places LAL at the center of the burgeoning economic and creative boom that is transforming Lexington and the region into one of the most interesting and desirable places to live in our nation. At its very core, our mission is to inject contemporary art into community conversations, a role we have been playing for more than 50 years.

In order to remain vital and relevant, the ways that we accomplish our mission must grow and change. I am inspired to lead LAL because of incredible support from a diverse variety of people. LAL is strong and getting stronger. This is a special time and executing our new strategic plan will help us fully realize our possibilities.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Art Museums
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Geographic Areas Served
West Virginia
Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, International 
The Lexington Art League is committed to presenting high-quality art exhibitions and programs that provoke thoughtful reflection of contemporary life and meaning, highlight the value of art and artists, and ultimately enhance the community though engaging conversations and experiences.

Annually connecting thousands of Central Kentuckians and visitors to the region with compelling contemporary artworks in exhibitions at the Loudoun House and beyond, LAL is at the forefront of national trends in contemporary arts programming.

In 2013, LAL launched Kentucky's first and only Community Supported Art program, a grassroots model to make art-buying and art collecting accessible and affordable. Both Woodland Art Fair and Black Friday Art Sale connect art-lovers with quality, contemporary artworks, effectively facilitating economic opportunities for artists working in a variety of media.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. In line with its Strategic Plan, the Lexington Art League (LAL) works with passion, dedication, and professionalism to realize its vision of creating a world where art, artists, and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization, and meaning while also fulfilling its mission to challenge, education, and enhance our community through visual art. LAL significantly contributes to Kentucky's cultural life by uniquely serving local, regional, national, and international visual artists via a variety of programs that meaningfully connect new, established, and underserved audiences to those artists' work. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? All of LAL's programming is vetted through a professional staff and a national curatorial board comprised of artists, scholars and arts administrators from leading presenting and educational institutions. The Artist Residency program is attractive to artists because of its built-in flexibility, focus on supporting the needs of each artist, depth of community engagement, promotional/publicity support, and LAL's rigorous commitment to the artist's creative experience. Resident Artists are elected both by institutional invitation and open calls for proposals. Residency length is determined by the project needs as specified by the artists with some residencies lasting as short as a week or as long as several months. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Christine Huskisson ---=
Company Affiliation Mason Structure
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Board Members
Mr. Haviland Argo 21c Hotel Museums
Ms. Rebecca Barnes Northwest MutualVoting
Ms. Lora Carter Educator
Ms. Elizabeth Foley Sayre School
Mr. Marc Frank Blue & Co.
Ms. Sarah Heller The Lexington School
Ms. Anne Helmers Hardwood Properties
Ms. Lori Houlihan Lexington Fayette County GovernmentVoting
Mrs. Christine Huskisson University of Kentucky, Adjunct Faculty School of Art & Visual Studies; Co-Founder, Take it Artside!
Mr. Dean A. Langdon DelCotto Law Group PLLC
Ms. Shaye Rabold Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship
Mr. Michael Rowland University of Kentucky
Mr. Arthur Shechet Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Lisa Wilson Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC
Ms. Julie Wilson Story Magazine
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
LAL's Board structure includes five Cabinets which cover the primary areas of responsibility: Executive(Officers); Finance; Governance; Development/Marketing;and Exhibitions & Programs. The cabinets
develop and recommend policy for discussion and approval by the Board. Each elected officer also serves as a cabinet Chair and manages a Cabinet within their area of responsibility that works to develop new concepts and initiatives to further the work of the organization. 
The LAL Governance Cabinet meets routinely throughout the year to discuss matters of Governance, such as recruitment, board development, evaluation and succession plans for leadership. LAL is very purposeful in recruiting new board members that reflect the composition of the community while also possessing a passion for the work of the organization. Currently LAL has (2) board members who are LGBT, and (9) of the 16 board members are female. During last year, a board member of diversity rotated off the board and the LAL Governance Cabinet is currently seeking diverse members of the board for the upcoming board class. Additionally, with all of the changes and increased goals set for the organization, the LAL board will grow significantly over the next few years and will reach its (20) member maximum. This additional board development will provide LAL with the support that is needed for the organization to continue to successfully reach its goals pertaining to the expansion and growth of the organization.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Stephanie Harris
Term Start Aug 2010
Email sharris@lexingtonartleague.org
Experience Stephanie Harris served as LAL's Development Director for two years prior to her appointment to the position of Executive Director in August 2010. Her work experience over the past fifteen years includes: Arts Management, Arts Administration, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Community Building, Arts Education, and Exhibition and Curatorial experiences.
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Description Each summer, the Castlewood Community Center and LAL provide 200 children a non-traditional visual arts education led by instructors hired by LAL. Children complete a myriad of art projects based on experimentation with media, ideas and methods, and they are encouraged to creatively explore alternatives to traditional art-making.
Budget 2650
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Instruction
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program Short Term Success The positive influence of this program are observed through the obvious improvement to the enthusiasm that the students show when it is time to create or participate in a gallery discussion.  Most often the students who enter the program disinterested and disruptive evolve into the students that show the most confidence and enthusiasm in the end.  This type of experience has an immediate positive influence that leaves a lasting impression on the lives of the students reached through this program.
Program Long term Success The youth that are enrolled in this program have the opportunity to visit that Loudoun House Galleries and interact with the Contemporary in a greater context.  Students are given the opportunity to respond to the work through gallery exercises led by the teaching artist and the LAL staff.  Since Contemporary Visual Art is a reflection of the world around us, each student has the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.  It is the goal of LAL that the families that are engaged through this program see LAL as a space that is open and accessible to them without boundaries and free of charge.
Program Success Monitored By Each year this program is evaluated through on-site observations conducted by LAL professional staff that occur at the beginning and the ending of each class session.  Also, written pre/post written evaluations are conducted and the results of these are compiled each year.  The interns that assist the teaching artists often share observation in meetings that often follow class session and each morning and discussion is held that reflects upon the previous day.  All instructors are also part of the program development of each camp and serve as members of LAL's Exhibitions and Programs Cabinet.
Examples of Program Success
The first of year of this program's implementation, participants displayed distaste and a lack of respect for visual art. Comments included, "Art is for girls!" and "I hate art". Over the past four years, returning participants voiced evolving comments such as, "This is kind of fun", "I want to paint instead of sculpt", and, finally, after three years, one girl, age 9, said: "When are we going to start making art?" during morning announcements. After a drastic shift in attitude, all of which took place incrementally over the course of four years, students today come to art class ready to create. Four years ago, a boy, age 8, avidly insisted that "art is for girls" during the first year of the program, convincing his fellow students of this statement's truth and leading many of the boys in boycotting participation in the art class. That very same student became one of our biggest art advocates by the fourth year, assisting the instructor in helping his classmates to solve problems as they arose during the creative process and serving as a solid role model to the other students. In closing, a large amount of change has occurred, both in attitudes and the resulting actions of participating students; and, therefore, in the quality of the art that is produced in this program. Community center camp staff observations indicate major improvements over the past four years of the art class, as well as parent and art class staff reports regarding the program.

Teen Class program is an opportunity for under-served high school students to participate, free of charge, in a fifteen-hour course instructed by a professional artist. Since its inception in 2008 (formerly titled Master Class), the program has engaged over one hundred students from 17 different schools in counties across the state. Students learn about life as a professional working artist and the instructor assists them in the development of their own artistic careers. After leading the students through a series of creative exercises and providing them with feedback on their work, the instructors lead the participants to complete their final project. Students increase their ability to create independently and collaboratively, gain confidence to enter into a visual art career, develop a working knowledge of a particular medium, create a piece for a professional portfolio, and expand their network. LAL hosts a series of Teen Classes throughout the year, and each program is contextual, corresponding with the exhibition cycle.

Budget 6150
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Instruction
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Program Short Term Success 100% of students create a piece of art during this class, gaining knowledge of the medium serving as the focal point for each particular program. All students are provided the opportunity to study under an accomplished professional visual artist and to both learn about and discuss various career paths in visual art. This program provides a networking opportunity for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in visual art or a related field to be introduced to and to connect with one another and professionals in the field.
Program Long term Success Along with the development of an internship program the Exhibitions & Programs Cabinet at LAL has also invested a significant amount of their development time enhancing what the Teen Class program can do for students in the future.  LAL will make opportunities available to those students who decided to attend the local universities as interns to serve as a resource for the their continued development.  Additionally, it is hoped that these students will decide to live, create, and teach in Lexington that they apply to for a juried space and serve as a resident artist with LAL.  LAL is committed to fostering the development of this type of continual programming that will follow the students throughout their development. 
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by community center camp staff observations, student self-reports, instructor and instructor's assistant observations, and parent reports.
Examples of Program Success Half of the students who complete this program either return to participate in the program again, or remain engaged with the organization through volunteering, attending network events, or internships. At the end of every program, students report increased interest in pursuing a career in visual art or a related field, and exemplify this interest through continued interaction with the organization. One student named David has attended the program each year since its inception save one, and has attended multiple networking events for the organization. A student who would not otherwise be able to study visual art with a professional visual artist as an extra-curricular activity, if it were not offered free of cost by the Lexington Art League, David is a strong example of the type of participant who benefits from this program, and he is in very good company. 75% of program participants also cannot afford to purchase quality visual art instruction for private study.

Voted a Top 10 Event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Woodland Art Fair is Central Kentucky’s largest and most popular outdoor cultural event with approximately 60,000 attendees over two days.  In 2009-2010, the Fair was voted #36 of 900 nominated Fine Art and Design Fairs in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Also, through a survey conducted by LFUCG Division of Parks and Recreation of 10,000 Fayette County households, the Fair was rated the most popular activity presented through the LFUCG Division of Parks and Recreation.  200 artists from on both the local and national level are selected to participate in the Fair through a very competitive jury process.  The Fair is a must-do event for families and includes free live entertainment, free hands-on art activities for young people, free interactive demonstrations and great Kentucky food.

Budget 108300
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Festivals
Population Served Families, Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success Artists in the fair report sales on par with those of other fairs, thereby supplementing annual income and providing visual art as a viable career option for many artists. Patrons leave the fair having purchased quality visual art, increasing the market for visual art in our region. The fair not only serves as a catalyst for the art market in the region, but also as a springboard for arts awareness, given the fact that it engages 60,000 individuals per year.
Program Long term Success The Woodland Art Fair attracts over 60,000 visitors each year to interact and engage with Fine Art and Craft artists from across the country.  This fair is free to the public so all members of the community can access this outdoor cultural event each year.  This weekend has become one that is highly anticipated by the surrounding neighborhoods who each year host, small art fairs, yard sales, and the shop owners in the Woodland Triangle experience an influx of business that is unmatched any other time of the year. This event also has a positive impact on our local economy as guests visit our downtown venues and area hotels. This event serves as LAL largest contribution to community engagement and each year contextual art activities are hosted by local artists and LAL professional staff to engage the guests with Art that is for Everyone.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by written artist evaluations, staff reports, Community Engagement organizations' reports (organizations who offer activities for families during the event), and comments shared by patrons. Artist sales indicate a large part of the success of each year's program: "Sunshine Artist Magazine", leading trade publication, reports success ranked by art sales alone per fair.
Examples of Program Success The fair is in its fortieth year and has existed to benefit the year for over a quarter of a century at this point. A Lexington staple, it is listed in most travel guides throughout the region. The recipient of numerous awards at the local, state and national levels, the Woodland Art Fair thrives and enlivens the art scene in Lexington and serves as a benefit  to all who participate in it. 25% of artists in the fair are from Kentucky, thereby increasing the local art market; 50% of artists in the fair return each year, indicating a repeated inclination towards artist participation in the event; and art sales indicate that the Lexington community and surrounding regions are not only attending the event and support art, but also buying and supporting the art market in Lexington and beyond.
Description Currently LAL is home to six studio artists. Out of this group, 4 of the artists make their living from producing art and their influence has a positive impact on the daily creative life of the Loudoun House. With the changes that have currently been made to the program some of the resident artists are also serving as teaching artists conducting lectures, workshops and are working with the youth in our Teen Class program.  As this program continues to develop some of the studios will become juried spaces where LAL can provide work space for professional artist who will work in our community and create work to be exhibited at the Loudoun House Galleries.
Budget 10000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Adults, Adults,
Program Long term Success The long term effect of this program will be an increase in the amount of professional Contemporary visiting our community and producing work for exhibitions, offering workshops in our local schools and providing professional development artists who produce their work locally in Lexington.  This type of experience will have a lasting impact on the visual arts community and will continue to enhance the work that is produced here.  Having artists-in-residence also make the broader world of Contemporary Art more accessible and will help to enhance Lexington's relevance in the broader visual arts community.
Starting in the summer of 2012, LAL has partnered with Common Good to provide art classes to school-aged children living in the Castlewood, North Limestone, and East End neighborhoods of Lexington.  Through a wide variety of media, both traditional and experimental, students explore contemporary art concepts presented by artists in LAL exhibitions. Common Good exists to advance holistic community development in North Lexington through leadership development, education, recreation and spiritual formation.  Common Good Community Development Corporation was born out of grassroots service among youth and families in the North Lexington area. After five years of working with youth from the Castlewood, N. Limestone, and East End neighborhoods, John and Laura Gallaher launched Common Good’s after-school program in January of 2012. It serves kindergarten-12th grades and is open from 2:30-6:00pm Monday-Thursday during the school year.  

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The Lexington Art League is proud to be the first visual arts organization in Kentucky to offer a Community Support Art program, based on agricultural models that encourage and support local consumption of seasonal food.

With the same buy-local spirit in mind, CSA is an endeavor that supports the creation local art, cultivates the talent of local artists and enhances the experience of local collectors.

CSA is at the forefront of national trends to promote grass-roots art buying and collecting and was recently featured in the New York Times.  
CSA benefits artists by supporting the creation of new work, connecting them with local collectors and patrons, and engaging them in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution.

For shareholders, CSA benefits include multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value, relationships with local artists and arts community, discovery of new artists, exploration of a variety of disciplines, and the opportunity to support local artist’s careers and a vibrant community.
Budget 27000
Population Served , ,

LAL’s Artist Residency Program emphasizes flexibility, tailoring residencies on a project-by-project, artist-by-artist basis, with the creative and material needs of the artist serving as the central focus. Depending on the scope of the proposed project, artists work in residence from a few days to several weeks or months. Student artist interns from neighboring universities are often assigned to assist resident artists if extra support is needed.

Artists in residence work at the Loudoun House, an historic Gothic villa with over 5000 square feet of gallery space and a second floor suite of artist studios. If LAL does not have the facilities or equipment needed to create a particular artwork, it finds the resources in the community and establishes meaningful partnerships in order to connect artists with needed resources.

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Program Short Term Success

LAL hosted Canadian light-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett for nearly two months in early 2014. Brown and Garrett had previously garnered international success due to their CLOUD project, an interactive sculpture made of incandescent light bulbs in the shape of a cloud. They had already re-created CLOUD a couple of times when LAL approached them about making an interactive, light-based sculpture for the city of Lexington. Rather than recreating their previous works, LAL encouraged Brown and Garrett to create a new design, giving them artistic freedom to continue to grow and experiment in their field.

However, LAL does not have a metalworking facility and Brown and Garrett frequently work with steel. LAL reached out to the welding program at nearby Bluegrass Community and Technical College, who graciously offered free use of their welding shop as well as assistance from welding students and faculty, who saw the project as a learning opportunity.

Program Long term Success LALs residency program will establish Kentucky as a signature destination for artists to live and work, elevate perception of the region above stereotypes, and allow LAL to realize its organizational vision of a world where art, artists, and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization, and meaning.
Program Comments
CEO Comments LAL is committed to utilizing visual art as a tool for creative expression, a source for deeper understanding about ourselves and others, and supports its ability to transform and shape a community. With our increased focus on community engagement LAL seeks to build deeper relationships with a variety of partners throughout our community to foster and ongoing discussion addressing the current challenges within our arts community to ensure continued support for the visual arts in Lexington. Some of these challenges include: limited funding sources, broader community awareness & support, visibility & engagement. All of the arts organizations within our community are facing the same types of problems, and building a network of our arts professionals is more important now than ever. By working with other organization on projects and initiatives that naturally align each entity is afforded the opportunity for increased visibility, funding and the benefit and support of an inclusive arts community that is fostered through this approach.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
LAL is committed to authentic engagement with the community on all levels and works to establish lasting partnership within the arts community while making in-roads to develop lasting relationships with other arts organizations, local government, community organizations and independent artists groups. Leadership from LAL routinely meet with leaders from the arts community, and up and coming organizations to network, cross promote and share resources when appropriate. Currently the LAL board has members who routinely assist with connecting the organization to groups with similar missions to ensure that the community is getting the most benefit from its partnership initiatives. LAL routinely collaborates with the follow: LFUCG Parks and Recreation, Lexington Fayette County Government, Lex Arts, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Living Arts and Science Center,Lexington Children's Theatre, the Lexington Film League, the Lexington Visual Collective and the Confucius Institute. LAL has a proven ability to build meaningful collaborations throughout the community.
LexArts Agency2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $563,040.00
Projected Expenses $563,040.00
Endowment Value $46,001.22
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$606,781$781,376$553,156
Total Expenses$625,311$908,302$575,609
Revenue Less Expenses($18,530)($126,926)($22,453)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$63,638$78,490$79,479
Individual Contributions$335,873$469,171$179,276
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,296$4,957$2,378
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$0----
Revenue In-Kind$200,206$383,433--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$398,437$661,346$397,600
Administration Expense$131,060$118,139$111,994
Fundraising Expense$95,814$128,817$66,015
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.860.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%73%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%24%26%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$140,725$225,934$271,268
Current Assets$90,641$68,935$109,644
Long-Term Liabilities$0$65,000--
Current Liabilities$84,982$85,740$89,578
Total Net Assets$55,743$75,194$181,690
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990 2011
2010 990
2009 990EZ
2008 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments LAL is Committed to building a world where art, artists, and art-making flourish among regional, national, and international communities, LAL provides free, quality contemporary art programming, including exhibitions, youth education and outreach programs, artist conversations, community tours, and more.  In 2014 LAL expanded its programming beyond the walls of the Loudoun House and established an international Artist in Residence Program. LAL is currently working to secure major institutional funding to support this programmatic growth while developing its leadership to take the organization to its next level of development.
Address 209 Castlewood Dr
Lexington, KY 40505
Primary Phone 859 254-7024
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Stephanie Harris
Board Chair Ms. Christine Huskisson ---=
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mason Structure