161 North Mill Street
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Address 161 North Mill Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 255-2951
Contact Name Ellen A. Plummer
At A Glance
Former Names
Lexington Arts & Cultural Council (LACC)
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer LexArts caters to your needs as a valued donor. We accept donations via mail (check, credit card), phone (credit card), and online (lexarts.org). We accept planned gifts including but not limited to stock, charitable gift annuities, bequests, and trusts. Naming LexArts in your will or trust is one of the simplest and most lasting ways to continue your legacy and your support of the arts. We also have event and administrative volunteer opportunities.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

LexArts promotes high quality arts experiences for the benefit of all people of central Kentucky through funding, advocacy, technical assistance, communication and programming initiatives. 

LexArts will be a catalyst for creating a progressive and innovative community inspired by the arts.

Background Statement

LexArts is greater Lexington's premier cultural development, advocacy, and fundraising organization. As both the area arts council and united arts fund, LexArts provides a wide range of programs and services designed to integrate the arts into our daily lives including Gallery Hop and ArtScope (weekly arts e-calendar).

LexArts' President & CEO and board members work closely with community leaders and local and state officials concerning public funding and cultural facilities. Through its annual Fund for the Arts, LexArts has raised millions of dollars in support of local arts and distributes general operating support to its Partner Organizations, as well as offering competitive special project and programming grants to other arts organizations in the area.

Impact Statement
Serving as a united arts fund and local arts counsel, LexArts supports 62 partner organizations and provides services to over two hundred thousand children throughout Central Kentucky. LexArts’ grants committee distributes general operating support to the Lexington Arts Network through GOS grants and provides project support to organizations dedicated to bringing the arts to their communities through their Community Arts Development (CAD) grants.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Geographic Areas Served
LexArts' service area is Lexington-Fayette County. Some communication efforts reach into the surrounding counties of Scott, Clark, Woodford, Jessamine, Bourbon and Madison. This includes the quarterly Art Matters journal and the Central Kentucky Arts Directory. Some of the programs of Partner Organizations, such as the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Children's Theatre, reach into eastern Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Smith
Company Affiliation Farmers Capital Bank Corp
Board Members
Ms. Di Boyer Saint Joseph Hospital FoundationVoting
Mr. James Brown LFUCG, CouncilmemberVoting
Mr. Brent Bruner EOP ArchitectsVoting
Ms. Laurie Carter Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Ms. Julia Offutt Cauthen Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. John Cioci Board Vice-Chair, Chair, Finance Committee, PNC BankVoting
Ms. Cathy Decker Toyota Motor Manufacturing KYVoting
Mr. Robert Elliston KeenelandVoting
Dr. Brian Frye University of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Enrique Gonzalez Fusion GalleryVoting
Ms. Gina Greathouse Chair, Development Committee, Commerce LexingtonVoting
Mr. Richard D. Greissman DoubleTake PhotographyVoting
Ms. Astarre’ D. Gudino LFUCG Human Rights CommissionVoting
Mr. Gardner D. Hieronymus KeenelandVoting
Mr. Steve Jennings Chair, Nominating Committee, Crowe HorwathVoting
Ms. Catherine Kenneally Crossgate GalleriesVoting
Mr. Donald Mason Lyric TheatreVoting
Mr. Steve Matherly 5/3 BankVoting
Mr Marc A Matthews Transylvania UniversityVoting
Ms. Connie Jo Miller Group CJVoting
Mr Tiffany Dupont Novak Lexington Children’s TheatreVoting
Ms. Becky Neal Ochenkoski tribeka trunkVoting
Dr. Jeremy Paden Transylvania UniversityVoting
Mr. Ellen A Plummer LexArts, President & CEOVoting
Ms. Mary Quinn K. Ramer VisitLexVoting
Ms. Gloria B. Rie Chair, Business Volunteers for the Arts Committee, Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Lori Rowland Houlihan Mayor's OfficeVoting
Mr. Andy Shea Lexington LegendsVoting
Ms. Susan Simmons Central BankVoting
Mr. Jason Sims Dinsmore & ShohlVoting
Mr. J. David Smith Jr.Chair, Stoll Keenon OgdenVoting
Ms. Ellen Tunnell RetiredVoting
Mr. Billy Van Pelt Billy Van Pelt ConsultingVoting
Ms. Sarah Wylie Ammerman VanMeter University of KentuckyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 26
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 55%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Distributions / Grant Making
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 112
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 60%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Communications Director
Title Community Arts Director
Title Development & Administartive Associate
Title Finance & Operations Director
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

The Council creates initiatives that allow local youth to become active participants and creative shapers of the arts in Lexington and central Kentucky.  It provides youth with the tools and opportunities that allow them to develop the skills to contribute to the process of providing art to the community.  It  encourages members to demonstrate leadership among their peers and strengthen a sense of community through collaborative work.

Through the efforts of the Youth Arts Council, the community will gain a deeper understanding of the youth experience in the arts while also encouraging the cultivation of future participants and patrons of the arts.
The formation of Lexington's Youth Arts Council was made possible through the generous support of JP Morgan Chase who provided the funding to develop a sustainable program that responds to the needs and aspirations of Lexington's young people.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Held five times a year for nearly 20 years, Gallery Hop is a staple of downtown Lexington and is LexArts' signature program, serving more that 50,000 people each year. The 2017 Gallery Hop season includes 44 locations.
Population Served , ,

LexArts' Community Arts Grants provide an opportunity for arts, cultural, and other non-profit organizations to produce or present an arts or cultural project that will benefit the community it serves. Grants will be awarded to community organizations for specific projects with an arts or cultural focus that have clear artistic and social benefits and are accessible to the general public. Projects may include festivals, exhibitions, readings, performances, and professionally directed public art projects such as murals, temporary sculptural installations, environmental art, and planning for the redesign of existing public spaces for cultural activities.


Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,764,268.00
Projected Expenses $1,690,535.00
Endowment Value $730,784.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 4%
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$1,454,186$1,710,826$1,318,950
Total Expenses$1,413,781$1,835,056$1,485,281
Revenue Less Expenses$40,405($124,230)($166,331)
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$506,535$488,926$486,126
Individual Contributions$572,977$582,113$533,937
Investment Income, Net of Losses$21,838$21,089$26,684
Membership Dues--$0$4,725
Special Events$31,197$0--
Revenue In-Kind--$98,966--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$941,732$1,296,213$1,037,682
Administration Expense$268,746$260,375$213,648
Fundraising Expense$203,303$278,468$233,951
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.930.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%71%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%26%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,969,674$1,948,668$2,161,355
Current Assets$991,435$829,415$1,169,563
Long-Term Liabilities$92,928$65,331$62,928
Current Liabilities$805,298$817,885$975,519
Total Net Assets$1,071,448$1,065,452$1,122,908
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 161 North Mill Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 255-2951
Contact Email nplummer@lexarts.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms Ellen A Plummer
Board Chair Mr. David Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Farmers Capital Bank Corp