Largest and longest-running partnership between a corporation and a theatre company continues through 2019
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the curtain closes on the 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays, the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), announced it is extending its run as the sponsor of the world-renowned festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville through 2019.
The Foundation’s support of the Humana Festival of New American Plays is the longest-running partnership between a corporation and a theatre company in the U.S. (37 years in 2016). Of the $9.6 million in Humana Foundation charitable contributions during 2015, more than $4.5 million went to Louisville nonprofits that focus on healthy behaviors, education and the arts.
“Louisville has given much to Humana as a company, and therefore, we take great pride in giving back to organizations that make our hometown vibrant and thriving,” said Virginia Kelly Judd, Executive Director of the Humana Foundation. “The well-being of our communities extends beyond physical health, and we are delighted to be able to offer those who live in Louisville, across our country, and abroad these culturally rich experiences.”
The Humana Festival of New American Plays has been recognized with multiple awards over the years, including Pulitzer Prizes and Obie Awards. Several of the plays that debuted at the Festival were subsequently made into award-winning movies. More than three-fourths of Humana Festival plays over the last ten years have gone on to be produced again at other theatres.
Les Waters, Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, said, “We are thrilled to have the renewed multi-year support of the Humana Foundation. The Humana Festival of New American Plays remains the premier new play festival in the nation. We look forward to honoring the legacy of the Humana Festival as we support the next generation of great artists.”
In 2015, the hotel economic impact of visitors to the Humana Festival of New American Plays was $463,500, according to the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Those visitors came from 42 states and four countries.
To learn more about the festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, visit actorstheatre.org. For more on the Humana Foundation and its philanthropy, visit humanafoundation.org.
About the Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, KY, the Foundation seeks to improve community health and well-being through support of nonprofit partners that promote healthy behaviors, health education, and access to health services. For more information, visit www.HumanaFoundation.org.
Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our associates, the communities we serve, and our planet.