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Neighborhood Institute

Now accepting registrations for The Neighborhood Institute 2015

January 27 - April 14

Tuesday nights from 6pm-8:30pm at

New Directions Housing Corporation

1000 E. Liberty Street

The Neighborhood Institute is a leadership education program that started in 1987. The purpose of the program is to equip neighborhood leaders with skills and resources needed to initiate positive change in the community through their neighborhood associations.

Attendance is encouraged and expected at ALL sessions due to the variety of topics covered on a weekly basis. Food is provided.

Neighborhood Projects
Part of the Neighborhood Institute curriculum includes a self-directed project in the community. Through the class projects, people become engaged in the community as they branch out and apply the information and knowledge from the class to real life situations.

Issues Covered
Each semester of Neighborhood Institute begins by identifying and assessing what class members view as being their most pressing issues. Topics often requested include:

  • Getting Your Message Out
  • Increasing Neighborhood Participation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Working with Public Officials
  • Consensus Building
  • Accessing Resources
  • Working with Local Government Agencies
  • Organization Building
  • Strategic Planning
  • Planning, Zoning and Land Use Issues
  • Code Enforcement
  • Neighborhood Quality of Life
  • Block Watch & Public Safety

The Neighborhood Institute is a neighborhood leadership-education program established in 1987 by the Center For Neighborhoods, a non-profit civic organization. The Neighborhood Institute equips neighborhood leaders with the resources necessary to effect positive change by acting through and with their neighborhood groups.

Financial support for the Neighborhood Institute is generously provided by Louisville Metro Department of Community Services.

Download a registration form (PDF or MS Word), or email John Hawkins for more information.



2013 P.A.I.N.T. Project - Parkland Rising

A solution to vacant and abandoned properties in Louisville’s neighborhoods is to turn them into symbols of hope, renewal, and rebirth.   This is happening in West Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. Center For Neighborhoods P.A.I.N.T. (Producing Art in Neighborhoods Together) program selected local artist, Ramona Dallum Lindsey, to transform a vacant 2 story apartment building at 3201 Greenwood Ave. Parkland Rising will stand as a testament to public art, achievable when a community combines its talent, resources and energy to create positive changes.  The project is facilitated through Center for Neighborhood by a Metro External Agency grant.

Parkland Rising is more than an art project, it seeks to unite a community around the common goals of neighborhood improvement and environmental stewardship.  Symbolizing the community rising together to reclaim its place as a prominent Louisville neighborhood, the design includes:

  • A 12 foot tall Phoenix with a 16 foot wingspan made of over 2,000 recycled plastic bottles and old bed sheets
  • 500 stickers attesting to the hopes and dreams for Parkland by its current and former residents
  • 8 historical container gardens featuring ceramic tiles commemorating Parkland’s former glory.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming P.A.I.N.T. projects in 2014!


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