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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Since 1949, the Fund for the Arts has raised more than $188 million through the annual campaign to support the arts. More than 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year.

The Fund for the Arts builds a stronger community by investing in world-class arts organizations, driving collaborative initiatives, fueling innovative arts-in-education programs and engaging corporate partnerships throughout the region, allowing WAVE Country to compete with cities twice our size and contributing to our quality of place and our livability.

Many of these member-groups have Holiday-themed presentations:

Louisville Ballet  

The Louisville Ballet presents its annual holiday treat, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Celebrate the season with a journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. 

This production celebrates Louisville with elements like the St. James Fountain, Derby jockeys, and magical illusions created specifically for this ballet.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker runs December 12 to 20 at The Kentucky Center, with live music by The Louisville Orchestra at every performance.

Louisville Orchestra  

Led by Teddy Abrams, the creative resurgence of the Louisville Orchestra continues, bringing music to the entire Louisville metro. The orchestra is performing world premieres and expanding connections between musicians and music lovers.

Collaborations with talented Louisville musicians are key to this community outreach, with concerts that include local favorites Ben Sollee, 1200, JaLin Roze, and Scott Moore.

Don’t miss the orchestra’s upcoming collaboration with the Louisville Ballet, with a world premiere ballet and a new staging of Stravinsky’s masterpiece Petruchka, plus a three-week Festival of American Music this spring.

Kentucky Opera  

Kentucky Opera has been thrilling Louisville audiences for more than 60 years, and its outreach and education projects reach thousands more as the company’s singers travel throughout the Commonwealth.

Three lavish main stage performances are presented each season at the Brown Theatre. The Opera has received critical acclaim for the first two productions of the current season, Verdi’s Macbeth and Three Decembers.

Next up for Kentucky Opera is the Kern and Hammerstein classic Show Boat with stunning new costumes, sets and all the grand theatrical details you’d expect, Show Boat steams into town in February.

Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare moves indoors for a rare treat, presenting William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night plays January 5 to 10 at The Kentucky Center. 

Walden Blue Apple Theatre  

Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players are dedicated to developing youth and our community through comprehensive theatre education and performance. Join them for Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance, running December 11 to 20.

West Performing Arts Academy

The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy focuses on artistic development, academic proficiency and opportunities for Louisville youth ages 8 to 19, with multiple performances in December.

Louisville Youth Orchestra 

The Louisville Youth Orchestra provides an extraordinary musical experience for hundreds of young musicians. Join the LYO for Holly Jolly Polly!, a holiday treat featuring four different ensembles of the orchestra, December 13 at the Youth Performing Arts School. 

Louisville Youth Choir  

The Louisville Youth Choir features 100 children from 60 area schools. This winter, the choir presents a concert with the Louisville Orchestra and LYC’s annual A Christmas Festival on Friday, December 11 at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft 

Join the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft at the KMAC Pop-Up Shop December 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 611 West Main Street, featuring hand-made holiday gifts and art activities for the whole family.

Visual Art Association 

Louisville Visual Art Association improves lives through art education, community outreach and artist support. Based in the Portland neighborhood, LVAA is shaping and inspiring the next generation of creative leaders by providing classes and outreach programs to more than 5,000 students annually.


One of Louisville’s treasures, StageOne, inspires more than 80,000 children each year with performances that open the doors to imagination, opportunity and empathy. Thanks to the generosity of this community, tens of thousands of these children attend StageOne performances at zero ticket cost. This holiday season, bring your family to A Year with Frog and Toad. This smart and tender musical celebrates life, friendship and the things that make each of us special.

Actors Theatre of Louisville 

The nationally renowned, Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville presents Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol through December 23. Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this delightful take on an old favorite. Last year, the production was completely reimagined with a new set, props, special effects and more than 90 new costumes. A beloved family tradition for four decades, Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music.

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