DDBS is proud to be a signature sponsor of Louisville’s Awards in the Arts on Opening Night!

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DDBS is proud to be a signature sponsor of Louisville’s Awards in the Arts on Opening Night at Churchill Downs - introducing the FIRST Cultural Equity Award in partnership with the Fund for the Arts. DDBS will be kicking off our DDBS Awards Celebrations by recognizing one of our DDBS Awardees, during opening night. The DDBS Awardee to be recognized opening night is CEO of Churchill Downs,  Bill Carstanjen for a product and service that has moved the needle forward on cultural equity.  Carstanjens’ implementation of the Cultural Pass has assisted in addressing barriers that may prohibit children from accessing the city’s art and cultural venues.

DDBS' Cultural Equity for Products & Services Award in the Arts will be presented to Bill Carstanjen at Churchill Downs during Opening Night on April 27, 2019 and during the DDBS Awards, Thursday May 2nd, during the Derby Sneaker Ball.

The Cultural Pass provides free access to many of Greater Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions for children of Metro Louisville.  The Pass is valid for one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions and is valid from June 1 to August 10.  Created from Vision Louisville, the Cultural Pass is an innovative initiative to promote art and culture and improve summer learning in our community. The 2019 Cultural Pass is presented by Churchill Downs, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance, Louisville Free Public Library. Starting in 2018, additional underwriting for Southern Indiana & Bullitt County families to participate in the 2019 Cultural Pass was made possible in partnership with the Jeffersonville Township Library, New Albany Floyd County Library and Bullitt County Public Library. Nearly 200,000 passes have been issued since its inception in 2014. “We are proud of our partnership with Churchill Downs and The Derby Diversity & Business Summit and we are grateful for Bill Carstanjen’s leadership and commitment to cultural equity through the arts.” shared J.P Davis, Sr. Vice President.

The Vision of the Cultural Pass:

A Cultural Pass for children of all ages that supports and encourages life-long learning by providing access to Greater Louisville’s art and cultural institutions.

Key Objectives:

  1. Impact summer learning loss by creating a learning experience through programming, activities, and education.

  2. Establish a life-long relationship between Greater Louisville’s children and the art and cultural institutions.

  3. Work to address barriers that may prohibit children from accessing the city’s art and cultural venues.

The 2019 Cultural Pass is daily managed by the Fund for the Arts and overseen by a Coordinating Committee, comprised of representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Arts and Culture Alliance, Louisville Free Public Library and the Fund for the Arts.  The Education/Collaboration Committee of the ACA serves as an advisory committee providing feedback, ideas, and suggestions.

The 2019 Cultural Pass is available starting June 1, 2019 and may be picked up at any Louisville Free Public Library branch along with the Summer Reading Program.  Pass holders can register and track the progress of your Cultural Pass online at www.lfpl.org/culturalpass.  The official Cultural Pass Launch Day will be on June 1 at the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library and all participating venues will be invited to participate.  Pass holders are encouraged to visit as many venues as you are able.  Pass holders that visit the most venues will be entered into a drawing for tickets, season passes and other prizes provided by members of the Arts and Culture Alliance.

Louisville’s Awards in the Arts celebrates the extraordinary arts community in the Greater Louisville region and the arts tremendous contribution to our unique cultural landscape and quality of place. But most of all, Louisville’s Awards in the Arts were established to celebrate the artists themselves, their talent and passion, to create, produce and present transformative and inspiring works of arts, in and for our community.

Laurel Kemper