The Fund for the Arts, Louisville’s united arts fund, has announced that Christen Boone will replace Barbara Sexton Smith as President & CEO upon her August 31 retirement date.
Under Barbara Sexton Smith’s leadership, the Fund for the Arts has been repeatedly honored on a local, regional and national scale. Sexton Smith was nationally recognized with Americans for the Arts’ prestigious Michael Newton Award for Arts Leadership in 2013, bestowed for her excellence in fundraising. In addition, the Fund for the Arts partners Yum! Brands, Inc. and Humana Inc. were both honored with the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America Award on Sexton Smith’s nomination—a reflection of the strong partnerships she has built between the business and arts communities in Louisville.
Boone currently serves as Director of the Greater Louisville Project, which acts as a catalyst for action in the community by providing and analyzing research data centered on education, jobs and quality of life. Throughout her career, Boone has been no stranger to fundraising, driving the $120 million campaign to complete the 21st Century Parks development of the Parklands of Floyds Fork. As the Director of Development at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Boone generated $13.5 million for the organization’s capital/endowment campaign.
“[Christen] understands the relationships required to grow an organization,” said David Jones Sr., Humana co-founder in a press release issued by the Fund for the Arts. The Humana Foundation and Humana Associates are the Fund for the Arts’ largest annual donor, giving more than $1 million in the 2012 campaign and again in 2013.
“I began my career with Fund for the Arts and, in those years, I solidified my personal commitment to Louisville,” said Boone. “The work of the Fund aligns with my personal mission to create a stronger, more vibrant Louisville. I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of those who have helped make the arts a cultural anchor of our community.”
Hearty congratulations to Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts Designate President & CEO, and many thanks to Barbara Sexton Smith for her years of excellent leadership.
For more information on the Fund for the Arts, visit FundForTheArts.com.