Open Studio Weekend
Open Studio Weekend (OSW) is a partnership of the LVA and University of Louisville Hite Art Institute to raise funds for LVA's signature program Children's Fine Art Classes and the Hite Art Institute's Mary Spencer Nay Scholarship programs. This innovative weekend of fundraising events is in its third year, having replaced the partnership's annual art auction event of 47 years. The goal of this endeavor is to deepen our relationship with existing donors and to expand our connection to potential donors while simultaneously supporting local talent. OSW expands cultural and economic opportunities for artists and art lovers alike. Last year, the Launch Party alone hosted 500 art patrons. High attendance at this and other OSW events resulted in $30,000 in art sales with $41,053 in net proceeds for LVA and Hite Art Institute. OSW is an "economic-centric" program: support for this program not only bolsters LVA and Hite Art Institute, it also fosters the economic and business growth of local artists and promotes the visual arts culture in Louisville. OSW represents LVA's continuous quest to develop new, innovative and productive opportunities relevant to the community AND to the organization.