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 40 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. John Cioci
Company Affiliation WesBanco
Term July 2014 to June 2019
Board Members
Mr. James BrownLFUCG, CouncilmemberVoting
Mr. Brent BrunerEOP ArchitectsVoting
Mr. David BuggToyota Motor Manufacturing KentuckyVoting
Ms. Lauren CaseFayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Ms. Julia Offutt CauthenCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. John CiociBoard Vice-Chair, Chair, Finance Committee, PNC BankVoting
Mr. Colin DohertyHook InteractiveVoting
Ms. Emily DowneyAlltechVoting
Mr Brian L. FryeUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Ken GishK&L Gates of CounselVoting
Mr. Enrique GonzalezFusion GalleryVoting
Ms. Gina GreathouseChair, Development Committee, Commerce LexingtonVoting
Ms. Stefania GreeneAdministrative Offices of the CourtsVoting
Ms. Stefania GreeneFayette District CourtVoting
Ms. Emmy HartleyCornettVoting
Mr. Steve JenningsChair, Nominating Committee, Crowe HorwathVoting
Ms. Catherine Ladd KenneallyCrossgate GalleriesVoting
Ms. Heather LyonsMayor's OfficeVoting
Ms. Ana Maldonado-CoomerArtistVoting
Ms. Christa MarrilliaKeeneland AssociationVoting
Mr. Donald MasonLyric TheatreVoting
Mr. Jeff MurphyCatholic Health InitiativesVoting
Ms. Becky Neal OchenkoskiTribeca TrunkVoting
Dr. Jeremy PadenTransylvania UniversityVoting
Mr. Greg PadgettPadgett Construction, Inc.Voting
Mr. Ellen A PlummerLexArts, President & CEOVoting
Ms. Mary Quinn K. RamerVisitLexVoting
Ms. Jill Hall RoseRose Law Office: Don Hall SupercenterVoting
Mr. Chad RudzikFifth Third BankVoting
Mr. Chad RudzikFifth Third BankVoting
Mr. Camden SkidmoreRepublic BankVoting
Mr. Jon StewartKY Employers' Mutual InsuranceVoting
Ms Robin ThomersonDinsmore &ShohlVoting
Ms. Ellen TunnellRetiredVoting
Ms. Yajaira WestPNC BankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 26
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 55%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
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 7
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 112
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Community Arts Director
Title Community Arts Manager
Title Communications Director
Title Development Manager
Title Finance & Operations Director
Title Development & Administrative Associate
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

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.


Budget $76,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Held five times a year for over 20 years, Gallery Hop is a staple of downtown Lexington and is LexArts' signature program, serving more that 50,000 people each year. The 2019 Gallery Hop season includes 40 locations.  Each location opens their doors for free from 5:00-8:00 PM.
Budget $20,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified

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)

LexArts is Lexington’s leading facilitator of public art in Lexington, working with governmental agencies, nonprofits, and private entities to bring large-scale temporary and permanent works to our urban landscape. We provide funding for such projects through grants from the Fund for the Arts, from our Public Art Fund, or by obtaining grants from national sources like the NEA. LexArts also conducts calls to artists, organizes selection processes, and oversees the execution of murals, sculptures, and interactive installations. We also connect artists to institutions seeking art for interior public spaces, notably health care facilities and public service agencies.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description We benefit students and educators primarily through our United Arts Fund work, providing resources for programs that annually reach over 200,000 youth in school and after-school settings across Kentucky.  In 2018 and 2019, we were able to collect arts opportunities available to schools and produce A Teachers Guide to the Arts, distributed throughout Fayette County Schools.  Internship opportunities for University of Kentucky and Transylvania University students are important contributions to the education of young people for careers in the arts, as are presentations by LexArts staff to classes in arts administration and fine arts.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2019
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
National Endowment for the Arts
Town Branch Park
Breaking the Bronze Ceiling
Book Benches
Corridors Commission | City of Lexington
Unlearn Fear + Hate
Art Connection Expansion
City of Lexington 
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2019
Kentucky Arts Council2019
Rotary Club of Lexington2019
Commerce Lexington2019
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2019
ArtWorksNational Endowment for the Arts2012
ArtWorksNational Endowment for the Arts2016
ArtWorksNational Endowment for the Arts2018
OurTownNational Endowment for the Arts2018
ArtsPlace AmericaNational Endowment for the Arts2012
Official Cultural Arts Organization of the city of LexingtonCity of Lexington2010
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $1,710,600.00
Projected Expenses $1,765,953.00
Endowment Value $876,719.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
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 Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,416,075$1,791,532$1,454,186
Total Expenses$1,443,526$1,759,870$1,413,781
Revenue Less Expenses($27,451)$31,662$40,405
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$520,292$487,750$506,535
Individual Contributions$676,677$656,605$572,977
Investment Income, Net of Losses$24,307$23,733$21,838
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$0$0$31,197
Revenue In-Kind$35,676$30,252--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$905,833$1,241,651$941,732
Administration Expense$277,813$266,576$268,746
Fundraising Expense$259,880$251,643$203,303
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.021.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%71%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,302,285$1,294,273$1,969,674
Current Assets$272,355$344,954$991,435
Long-Term Liabilities$0$50,000$92,928
Current Liabilities$124,350$127,390$805,298
Total Net Assets$1,177,935$1,116,883$1,071,448
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. John Cioci
Board Chair Company Affiliation WesBanco