Arts Connect Inc
PO BOX 1691
LEXINGTON KY 40588-1691
Contact Information
Nonprofit Arts Connect Inc
Address PO BOX 1691
LEXINGTON, KY 40588 1691
Phone (859) 3211341
Contact Name Kate Savage
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2018
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support comes in many forms.  At Arts Connect we appreciate every kind of contribution.  Any and all donations help us to further our mission in the community, and we are grateful for any generosity. 
  • MAKE a tax deductible donation by sending a check to Arts Connect, PO Box 1691, Lexington, KY 40588-1691
  • SPONSOR a specific Arts Connect program.  These sponsorships are available at various levels and come with a variety of benefits.  More information about programs and opportunities are on the website -
  • SUPPORT the Open Studio Weekend by advertising in the Artists Studio Directory.
  • IN KIND donations of services, materials and venues are gladly accepted and much valued.
  • VOLUNTEER your time by helping with our annual events such as Paint the Town and Open Studio Weekend.  If interested in volunteering email and we'll happily find a spot for your talents.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Arts Connect seeks to strengthen the arts in Lexington by providing programs, services, education and resources and by supporting all creative endeavors thereby encouraging greater arts vitality and awareness in the community.
Background Statement
Arts Connect was started in 2015 as a small non-profit organization with the intention of providing arts-orientated programs and services as well as engagement in project collaborations with like-minded arts agencies in an attempt to meet the unmet needs of the artistic and local community. Arts Connect was granted its own independent 501(c)3 status in 2018.
Beginning with the Mobile Gallery subscription program which continues to be successful, Arts Connect quickly expanded into other areas of support.  Networking lunches that provided an opportunity for artists and community to come together socially with a guest speaker was the next program to be introduced. This continued but at the same time morphed into Arts and Cultural Trips and Tours - day trips for example to the Speed Museum for a special exhibit that would be curator-led, or to larger cities for several days to enjoy a variety of experiences. Paint the Town, in its eighth year, was handed off by a now-closed art gallery and has risen to become the premier plein air event in Kentucky.  Additionally Arts Connect offers guided Art Walks through downtown Lexington; an annual monetary scholarship awarded to a graduating Fayette Co. High School student based on an essay submission; Paint by Nature which is an annual exhibition of artwork produced by local painters that each year showcases specific greenway spaces - this is a sub-contracted effort and forms a part of a bigger project that LFUCG undertakes in the autumn; initiated and administered the extremely successful Book Bench project, and this year will introduce for the first time Open Studios Weekend in October.
Impact Statement
In 2018 Arts Connect was the Administrator and one of the Collaborator on the very successful Book Benches Project.  37 fiberglass benches were painted to depict books written by Kentucky authors.  Following a five month public exhibition period the benches were sold at auction as a fundraiser for the three collaborators. This was a hugely popular project and helped to raise art and literary awareness.  It was also an inspiring example of three non-profits working and coming together to contribute strengths and expertise to achieve a common goal.
Arts Connect's fundraiser Paint the Town was in its seventh year.  This is an all day plein air paint out event that takes place within a designated area of downtown Lexington.  Artists paint cityscapes of their choosing, turn their work in later that same day and it is hung, labeled and for sale. The exhibition runs for a month.  The number of participating artists increased 50% over the previous year.  Attendance at the Exhibition Opening and Reception doubled and by show's end half of the artwork had sold.  It was was a phenomenal success and a lot of fun for artists and community who enjoyed watching the artists out and about on the streets painting.  Plans are well underway for the 8th Annual Paint the Town to be held the last Saturday in June 2019.  This event has gained in popularity every year and is now considered a Lexington calendar fixture.  It's anticipated that more artists will register than before and the exhibition attendance and sales for the artists will also significantly increase.
The Mobile Gallery program continues to expand. Three new subscribers were added during 2018 bringing the total number of participating businesses to 15.  Mobile Gallery is a subscription service whereby local original artworks are taken into offices spaces and rotated with fresh works every three months.  Arts Connect would like to bring this number up to 20 and is actively seeking new subscribers.
Open Studio Weekend is a new program being introduced for the first time in 2019.  Artists in Fayette County will have the opportunity to have their studios open to the public.  They will be listed in a Directory of participating artists as well as have the option to submit work to be considered for inclusion in an event exhibition co-hosted by the MS Rezny Studio/Gallery and New Editions.  Arts Connect is thrilled to have been able to orchestrate this collaboration between Lexington's two major art galleries and collaborate with them.
Arts Connect in collaboration with Operalex was asked to design a trip to St. Louis around the St. Louis Opera Theatre summer season for 2019.  Travelers will enjoy all four operas being performed.  Several of the cast are graduated alumuni of the UK Opera Program and now singing professionally.  There are additional culture features such as the St. Louis Art Museum and a lunchtime cruise on the Mississippi.  Dr Everett McCorvey and Dr Tedrin Lindsay will accompany the group and be on hand to share their wisdom and deep appreciation of Opera. This is one of the continuing Trips and Tours that Arts Connect has offered in the past combining a variety of arts and cultural attractions.  
Needs Statement
Arts Connect welcomes any financial support related to its various programs through either sponsorship of Paint the Town or paid advertisements in the Artists Directory for Open Studio Weekend.  Funding ensures the continued success of these much-loved events.
Additional corporate subscribers to the Mobile Gallery would also be appreciated.  Marketing is often a challenge so experienced help in this field would be a boon. 
Willing volunteers are always needed for Paint the Town, Open Studio Weekend and Paint by Nature. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
 Arts Connect saw a glaring need for artists' support in the Lexington community and so was conceived to help provide encouragement, exposure and education through arts-focused grassroots opportunities.  It was hoped that Arts Connect would serve as a central clearinghouse for all form of  artistic expression - visual, performing, literary etc.,  Recognizing that many arts group operate in isolation within their own silos, it was intended that, as a non-affiliated agency, Arts Connect could form a bridge that would create a link  and a means of communication between these various arts entities, encourage sharing of resources, facilitate cross-pollination of ideas and be a cheerleader for all.
All of this was a mighty undertaking. 
Over the past four years, Arts Connect has had the most successes with breaking down divisions and making connections between the artist and the community in the area of visual arts.  Each of the ongoing programs - Paint the Town, Mobile Gallery, Open Studios Weekend, Paint by Nature - provides a platform for artists to exhibit their work and opportunities for community interaction and education.  Networking Lunches and the Trips and Tours are both varied in their community appeal and support with audiences tending to cherry pick what they are familiar with rather than availing themselves of the opportunity to expand horizons and interests.
Because of Arts Connect's unique neutral position, it is possible to enjoy non-competitive relationships with all arts-related groups. 
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Central Kentucky
Arts Connects programs primarily serves Fayette and the surrounding areas.  However,  artist participation in Paint the Town has come from as far afield as Covington, Bowling Green, Louisville and over the river into Indiana.  The Mobile Gallery represents local and what would be considered "regional" artists.  Open Studios Weekend is limited to the boundaries of Fayette County.
Board Chair
Board Chair Janet Holloway
Company Affiliation Women Leading Kentucky - Founder
Term Jan 2019 to Jan 2022
Board Members
Dee FizdaleRetiredVoting
Jill GookinKeystone Wealth ManagementVoting
Janet HollowayWomen Leading Kentucky - FounderVoting
Dawn ShroyerGRW EngineersVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Kate Savage
Term Start Sept 2015
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Description A one-day plein air paint out event that takes place within a designated area of historic downtown Lexington traditionally on the last Saturday in June.  This event is open to anyone who registers regardless of skill level, painting style or size of canvas.  Artworks are professional hung, labeled and for sale throughout the four-week exhibition period.
Budget 19500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served Adults
Program Short Term Success Every year the public has the opportunity to see plein air painters scattered throughout downtown, working against the clock and the impact of changing light.   Awareness of this form of painting with its many challenges is a short-term but never the less an ongoing achievement.  It raises understanding and appreciation for this art genre.
Program Long term Success
Now in its 8th year, Paint the Town has continued to grow every year.  In 2015 there were 36 artists who participated and an attendance of around 60 people at the Exhibition Opening and Reception.  In 2018 this number had dramatically increased to 64 artists with an attendance of approximately 250 at the evening reception.  Sponsorships have also increased as the awareness of this event has also grown.
The success of this program is evidenced in its participation numbers.  In addition more and more artists have taken advantage of  the opportunity to have their work exhibited and meanwhile the community has developed an interest and understanding of what is involved in the plein air art form.
Program Success Monitored By The program success is monitored by the number of participating artists, the number of attendees at the Exhibition Opening and Reception and the number of artworks sold.
Examples of Program Success
Every year the numbers increase.
2017 there were 35 artists who registered.  150 people who attended the reception and 18 works sold by the end of the exhibition.
2018 there were 64 artists who registered.  250 people who attended the reception and 31 works sold by the end of the exhibition. 
Description This is a subscription service that takes original local and regional artwork into corporate space and rotates the pieces every three months.  All work is labeled and can be purchased.  Artists are provided with an opportunity to show their work, gain exposure and possibly make a sale.  Corporations and businesses are provided with artwork for their offices and the opportunity to learn more about local artists enjoying a rotating smorgasbord of pieces that refresh their space and create lively conversations.
Budget 20000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Adults
Program Short Term Success The measure of the short-term success of Mobile Gallery is directly linked to the number of new subscribers as well as number of artworks sold while in this program.
Program Long term Success
This program has slowly grown from its inception.  15 subscribers currently enjoy the program and over 50 artists are or have been represented in the Mobile Gallery Collection.
Employee of these businesses as well as their clients, have an opportunity to develop a greater appreciation of original artwork, often by being able to make comparison with prints and other pieces already at their location.  
Program Success Monitored By The success of this program is monitored by the addition and attrition of subscribers as well as the number of artworks sold whilst in the rotation.  
Examples of Program Success This program has been successful in so far as so far there have only been client additions.  As a concept it sometimes presents a challenge, but once understood it is always received with enthusiasm.  Last years sales of work in this program totaled $15,000.
Description Similar to Paint the Town, Paint by Nature is a painting endeavor that specifically focuses on the restoration and beautification work done by LFUCG.  Artists are asked to select from a pre-determined list of locations and depict the scene with an emphasis on the environmental improvements - the remediation and mitigation of overgrown streams and creek beds,  the upkeep of medians and greenways, for example.  This is an opportunity for all styles of art and is open to all.  Last year there were interpretations in embroidery, glass and recycled materials as well as the more recognized traditional forms of art.  There is an exhibition and works are judged with awards for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd Place as well as Honorable Mention and a People's Choice.  Works are labeled and for sale throughout the two-month show duration which included the September Gallery Hop.  This program is undertataken by Arts Connect on a sub-contract basis and is part of a much larger City effort to raise environmental issues and awareness of work undertaken.
Budget 15000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served Adults, Families
Program Short Term Success The short term success is that the program was well received by artists.  There were almost 90 participants of all ages - the youngest being 12 years old.  This is an exhibition of a wide variety of work.  It provides interesting conversation as each artist has chosen a site and a specific frame of vision that they find appealing and each has portrayed it in their own way and through their own prism.  
Program Long term Success This is only the second year for this program.  It is hoped that each year there will be an environmental improvement that can be highlighted and through this art program addition create an intriguing slant to the overall educational effort.  It is the LFUCG's wish to help citizens better understand the issues being faced right here in Fayette Co. as a result of climate change and other detrimental factors such as mountain top removal that has far-reaching results.  Through their displays and workshops along with Paint by Nature what efforts they hope to show what improvements are being made on behalf of the community.
Program Success Monitored By This program's success is being monitored by the fact it is being repeated again.
Examples of Program Success Quite a few of the artworks sold, for some artists it was their first sale ever.  
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
LexArts, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, MS Rezny Studio/Gallery, New Editions, The Wills Gallery, LFUCG, Art Inc KY,
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $115,000.00
Projected Expenses $105,500.00
Detailed Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received its 501c3 in 2018 and does not yet have one full year of financial information.
Address PO BOX 1691
LEXINGTON, KY 405881691
Primary Phone 859 3211341
CEO/Executive Director Kate Savage
Board Chair Janet Holloway
Board Chair Company Affiliation Women Leading Kentucky - Founder