OUR AREAS OF IMPACT

QUALITY OF LIFE

When deciding where to plant roots, people want to join an inviting and compassionate community that has boundless civic pride. We support work that positions Louisville and Kentucky as a livable community where people want to work, play, learn and lead.

Our efforts in this area help develop a positive image of Louisville and Kentucky—an image that highlights continual improvements in every facet of our community.

Our communities are innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking, and we want to share our aspirational culture with the world.

 

FEATURED GRANT

SPEED MUSEUM

 

The Speed Art Museum is a welcome oasis in the heart of a bustling city where art from around the world invites and inspires diverse audiences to experience the power of creativity.

With its cutting-edge design, expanded programming and outreach, interactive exhibits and inviting outdoor spaces, the Speed Museum continues to evolve into a museum for the whole community. By featuring diverse exhibits, offering free admission every Sunday and hosting dynamic events, the Speed turns art into something accessible and transformative.

Continued Transformation

Kentucky’s oldest and largest museum, the Speed Art Museum has continued to expand its building and enrich its collection since its inception in 1925. A recent three-year expansion project enabled the museum to facilitate larger traveling shows, display more of its total collection and incorporate a state-of-the-art cinema. Its light-filled new addition, designed by the renowned Why firm, has attracted international attention.

shared perspective

The Speed Art Museum is dedicated to being a vital resource for everyone in our community. They reach beyond the walls of the museum with programing like the Wall Together and Art Detectives programs. The Wall Together pairs Speed educators with local nonprofit groups to install community member-made works of art in the museum, giving everyone a chance to share their own unique perspective. Art Detectives brings art from the Speed’s collection into classrooms across Kentuckiana, fostering observational skills, collaboration, and critical thinking among students.

 

“The Speed Art Museum could not have completed its recent $60 million expansion without the James Graham Brown Foundation’s support. That $5 million grant did not just help us build an architectural landmark worthy of the world’s attention; it lets us reimagine the role a great museum can play in the life of its city and state.”

 

STEPHEN REILY
INTERIM DIRECTOR
SPEED MUSEUM

 

GRANT IMPACT

Since its grand reopening in March 2016, the Speed Art Museum has attracted nearly 200,000 visitors hailing from all Louisville zip codes, all fifty states, and seventeen foreign countries. Included among these have been more than 6,000 school tours. The Speed’s Free Sundays attracted nearly 41% of total visitors. The majority of these Sunday guests had household incomes below Louisville’s median income, meaning that this innovative initiative really has reached all corners of the community.

The Speed Art Museum, with its groundbreaking exhibits, events, and outreach, continues to inspire curiosity, build visual literacy and fosters a greater awareness of the world throughout the Commonwealth.

OTHER EXAMPLES OF QUALITY OF LIFE GRANTS

 

21ST CENTURY PARKS

The Parklands
of Floyd’s Fork

Louisville’s newest major park is one of the country’s finest. The 4,000-acre park includes nearly fifty miles of hiking and biking trails, beautiful waterways for canoeing, community gardens, sports fields, nature preserves and elegant event venues, which all come together to create an unparalleled outdoor space enjoyed by all of Metro Louisville.

 

kentucky derby museum

the greatest race

The James Graham Brown Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Churchill Downs-based Kentucky Derby Museum, which chronicles the history of Louisville’s most famous sporting event. “The Greatest Race” is a state-of-the-art exhibit that awes visitors from across the world with its 360-degree viewing experience that gives viewers an intimate look into the sport that has come to define the state of Kentucky.

 

the healing place

capital campaign to help change the face of addiction

Faced with a terrible opioid crisis that is rattling Kentucky and the nation, The Healing Place, Louisville’s incredibly effective social model recovery center, is meeting this challenge head on. Their capital campaign, begun in 2014, has nearly doubled their ability to treat addicted men in the Louisville Metropolitan Area, which is essential to the entire community as we fight back against this disease.

TELL US YOUR STORY

Does your organization have an idea that aligns with our mission to bring about transformational change in Louisville and throughout Kentucky? We would love to hear more about it. Begin a dialogue with us and learn more about the Foundation’s process of empowering citizens to improve the quality of life and well-being of all Kentuckians.

TELL US YOUR STORY

TELL US YOUR STORY

Does your organization have an idea that aligns with our mission to bring about transformational change in Louisville and throughout Kentucky? We would love to hear more about it. Begin a dialogue with us and learn more about the Foundation’s process of empowering citizens to improve the quality of life and well-being of all Kentuckians.

TELL US YOUR STORY