ANN: Fund for the Arts, 2022 Sustaining Impact Grants

Louisville’s Fund for the Arts announced recipients of its 2022 Sustaining Impact Grants (SIG). A total investment of $3.16 million was made to 28 local arts institutions.

Andre Kimo Stone Guess, President and CEO of Fund for the Arts said, “while Louisville’s diverse arts and culture ecosystem continues to adapt and recover from the impact of COVID-19, we are committed to providing crucial resources to arts institutions of all sizes, disciplines, and missions.”

Dr. Artesia Gilbert Wilkerson

Dr. Artesia (sometimes spelled Arteshia or Articia) Gilbert Wilkerson (c1868-1904) of Louisville graduated from the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute (later Simmons) in 1882, her BA in 1889 and earned a medical degree in 1893 from Louisville National Medical School. She participated in many different clubs, taking leadership roles in many of them. She was a founding member of the Red Cross Association to support the African American hospital in Louisville. Image supplied by Dr. Carol Mattingly, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Louisville.

Bertha P. Whedbee (1876-1960), community activist and first Louisville African American woman police officer

This biosketch was written by Dr. Carol Mattingly, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Louisville. For her full project on “African American Women and Suffrage in Louisville,” visit

Dr. Ellis Whedbee

Dr. Ellis D. Whedbee (1863-1940) was president of the Red Cross Hospital in Louisville. Born in North Carolina, he graduated from Fisk University and was employed in July 1891 as a Drug Clerk at the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Freedman's Hospital in Washington D.C. He moved to Louisville, and in 1898 he married Bertha Par Simmons (1876-1960). They had four children, three of whom survived to adulthood: a daughter, Roberta, and two sons, Ellis Jr. and Melville. Image snipped from ad in the "Official Souvenir Program of the National Negro Business League, Louisville, Ky.

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