October 28, 2013

Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden present 2013 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award

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Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC presented Nancy “Nana” Lampton with the 2013 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award at Friday evening’s performance of “The Mountaintop” at Actors Theatre. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual who has made substantial impact to Louisville and regional arts through volunteer commitment and leadership.

Lampton is CEO at Hardscuffle, Inc., and its subsidiary, American Life & Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky. She has served on the boards of Actors Theatre of Louisville and Fund for the Arts, serving as Fund for the Arts campaign chair in 1981 and board chair in 1985 and 1992. Currently, Lampton serves as the executive director of Snowy Owl Foundation, Inc. the mission of which is to care for nature, creativity and human need with imagination.

Fund for the Arts and SKO fashioned the award in honor of James Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided strong guidance and support to the Louisville arts for decades.

“The Fund for the Arts is proud to honor another servant style leader in our community,” Barbara Sexton-Smith, president & CEO of Fund for the Arts, said. “Jim Welch Sr. was a leader whose many substantial efforts went unrecognized. This award honors individuals who like him, led with a quiet passion.”

Previous recipients are Todd Lowe, president and founder of Parthenon LLC; Morton Boyd, chairman emeritus of The Gheens Foundation, Inc.; and Tom Noland, senior vice president, Corporate Communications at Humana Inc. who served on the boards of Fund for the Arts, Louisville Orchestra and Kentucky Opera as well as the Partnership for Creative Economies.

About Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC provides diverse legal services to local, national and international clients. With more than 145 attorneys, SKO has offices in Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Owensboro and Morganfield, KY as well as Evansville, IN and Greater Pittsburgh, PA. SKO prides itself on raising the practice of law to an art and is characterized by a commitment to client success and community engagement. For more information, visit www.skofirm.com.

About Fund for the Arts

Fund for the Arts is the oldest united arts fund in the country and has generated more than $188 million since its establishment in 1949.  In 2013, the Fund for the Arts awarded 516 grants to various organizations through the region to provide financing for arts experiences and administrative support. The Fund for the Arts also hosts power2give.org, an online crowd-funding platform for any 501(c)3 organization in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to post arts and culture projects.

Other Fund sponsored activities include The EVERY CHILD Arts Education Initiative and the NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.com.