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Fund for the Arts and SKO open nominations for 2018 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award

Annual award recognizes excellence in arts leadership

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2018) — Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (SKO) open nominations for the ninth annual James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award, an honor that recognizes substantial impact to the arts made by an individual through significant volunteer commitment and exemplary leadership in the community.

Nominations are being accepted Wednesday, Aug. 8 through Wednesday, Aug. 22 on the Fund for the Arts’ website http://fundforthearts.org/james-s-welch-sr-arts-leadership-award.

“This prestigious award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional volunteer leader who has made a significant impact on our world-class arts community,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “Fund for the Arts is grateful for Stoll Keenon Ogden’s support as we work toward creating a more competitive, creative and compassionate community through the arts.”

The award was created in honor of the late James S. Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided decades of strong guidance and support to the arts.

“James Welch’s commitment to service and the arts helped form the creative community we have today,” said Kendrick Riggs, vice chair of SKO. “Stoll Keenon Ogden is honored to continue his legacy of service by a continued partnership with the Fund for the Arts to honor individuals who continually make our city a better place to live, work and play.”

Qualified nominees will have made significant contributions and a meaningful impact on the arts community in a quiet, often unrecognized manner.

Previous recipients include:

2017 — Carolle Jones Clay, Senior Vice President, Managing Director–Community Relations, Republic Bank

2016 — Bill Blodgett, Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

2015 — Marlene Grissom, Director of Special Projects, Waterfront Development Corporation

2014 — Carl M. Thomas, Executive Director, Gheens Foundation, Inc.

2013 — Nana Lampton, CEO, Hardscuffle Inc.

2012 — Todd Lowe, President and Founder, Parthenon LLC

2011 — Morton Boyd, Chairman Emeritus, Gheens Foundation, Inc.

2010 — Tom Noland, Senior VP of Corporate Communications, Humana Inc.