A new non-profit, Bourbon with Heart, an arts-focused bourbon charity, is looking for artists who want to showcase their work in an upcoming fundraising exhibit and have the chance to win a cash scholarship.

Bourbon with Heart will present the “Barrels of Heart” exhibit at Frazier Kentucky History Museum in early 2023. The exhibit will feature twenty custom-painted bourbon barrels designed by local artists and will be sponsored by bourbon brands and local companies.

“We believe art, like a good glass of bourbon, brings people together and encourages self-expression,” said Morgan Hancock, founder and executive director of Bourbon with Heart. “This is a unique opportunity for local artists to get creative with one of our area’s staples – bourbon barrels.”

The museum exhibit will be open in February 2023 for eight weeks, with the chance for the public to vote for their favorite custom-painted barrel. The winning artist will be awarded a cash prize and a donation to the artist’s favorite charity. The remaining proceeds will be divided among three area non-profits: I Would Rather Be Reading, Dream Center Academy, and Blanket Louisville.

“I started Bourbon with Heart to leverage the influence and popularity of bourbon to raise funds, bring awareness, educate, provide better access and deliver a first-class arts experience to every person in Kentucky regardless of age, race, class, gender, or ability,” continued Hancock, a Louisville-area commercial real estate agent, entrepreneur, and an Army veteran.

Selected artists will be provided with a barrel and a supply budget. Interested artists can apply to be one of the 20 artists for the exhibit at BourbonwithHeart.org by November 11.

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