Producing Art In Neighborhoods Together (PAINT)
The PAINT program produces high-quality and meaningful cultural assets for a neighborhood through community engagement and collaborative partnerships in order to strengthen neighborhood identity, create a sense of place, and enhance the quality of life for residents in Louisville. We accomplish this through three core values:
Place-Based - The concept of the art piece relates to geographic, social, cultural, civic, economic, and historical aspects of the community.
Participatory – Provides opportunities for participation from residents, youth, and all neighbors; an active collaboration between the artist and the community.
Public – For and by the community; accessible to everyone.
Parkland Love History Project
Community residents in Parkland neighborhood wished to honor their unique history, one that is foundational to the growth of Louisville as a whole and played a critical role in the civil rights movement. Center For Neighborhoods, in partnership with artist and graphic designer Brianna Harlan, facilitated a community research project that produced a free printed informational booklet and historical signage for businesses along the 28th Street corridor.
Additionally, during the Better Block Parkland Love event, community members read excerpts from the booklet and other narratives about Parkland's history and important Parkland figures from the community stage.
Southside Sculpture Project
A new, interactive community sculpture project, in collaboration with the Southside Neighborhood Association and Americana Community Center, will be installed in the grassy area near the intersection of Southside Drive, W Kenwood Way, and South 2nd St. in the Spring of 2019.
Center For Neighborhoods staff have gathered input from over 60 youth at Americana Community Center and held a public meeting in July 2018. A volunteer selection committee of residents and stakeholders reviewed artist submissions and choose Elmer Lopez as the final artist. The sculpture will be a multi-color archway made of recycled materials, which the community will be able to help construct. Center For neighborhoods is thankful for the partnership of Americana Community Center and Louisville Metro Department of Public Works. This opportunity is made possible by Louisville Metro Government in partnership with Fund for the Arts.
Recent P.A.I.N.T. Projects
Southwick Community Center Project
Three murals were installed at the Southwick Community Center in the Park DuValle neighborhood in December 2018. This project was the result of a resident submission for public art in their neighborhood. This opportunity is made possible by Louisville Metro Government in partnership with Fund for the Arts.
A public meeting was held at the community center in June 2018 for interested artists and community input. A resident led selection committee chose local artist Victor Sweatt to complete the murals. Through a partnership with Louisville Metro Parks staff, youth participated in painting some of the murals. The murals include historical figures from the Park DuValle community and West Louisville, children in STEM and arts careers, as well as a variety of inclusive sports. The intention is for the youth at the community center to envision a bright future for themselves, whatever they choose to be. A community dedication of the murals was held on December 27, 2018. See the Insider Louisville article about this project here.
Woodlawn Avenue Mural
The Center For Neighborhoods is excited to announce the Woodlawn Avenue Mural Project! This project will include a mural at 319 West Woodlawn Avenue and the creation of relating stencils to be used by community members for temporary street painting. Local artist Branden McClain, also of Slugger City Sign Co., has been selected by local community members to complete this mural. Installation began June 14, with community participation days during the Better Block Woodlawn Avenue event June 15 & 16.
Community input for the design came from many sources. The project was an idea submission from the Beechmont Neighborhood Association for the 2018 PAINT Open Call, which was selected by a volunteer committee of residents from districts across Louisville Metro. The Center For Neighborhoods conducted informal surveys of visitors to the location throughout the month of May, conducted direct surveys of Woodlawn Avenue business owners, facilitated a community input board at the Beechmont Festival of Flowers, completed an on-line and in person Quality of Life survey, and collected input from a community advisory board. All of this input was provided to artists and a volunteer, resident selection committee, and informed the final mural design. Branden McClain's design incorporates a "Welcome" message, along with bold colors and subtle patterns and words found from within the diverse Beechmont neighborhood and Southend community.
Residents and neighbors came together to celebrate the completion of the mural in September 2018. Beechmont resident, Tom Denton, provided lived music, Cocoberry Pops offered popsicles to everyone who joined the festivities, and the cuban market, La Tropical, shared refreshing sodas.
Highview Park Project
Center For Neighborhoods, funded by Councilman James Peden of Louisville Metro Council District 23, and in partnership with Louisville Metro Parks and the Louisville Metro Commission on Public Art, worked with community members to develop a series of public murals at Highview Park. The community selected Kacy Jackson of The Art of Kacy, LLC to install a series of murals beginning in May. His design uses bright, geometric shapes for the pavilion area, and culminates in an additional mural that incorporates many images of the people and places from the Highview area.
Past P.A.I.N.T. Projects
New Cut Road Mural
A big thank you to District 13 Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, who commissioned the most recent P.A.I.N.T. project at 5710 New Cut Road. See more about the mural on the New Cut Road Mural Facebook Page. (press release here) The New Cut Road mural was designed with input from residents from the surrounding neighborhoods by artist Sabra Lynne Crockett. The mural depicts the rich history and many cultural and physical assets of the surrounding Southend area. Community input meetings were hosted by Antioch Church, and a dedication of the mural was hosted by neighbor Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark. An artist talk featuring historical information will be presented in March at the Little Loom House.
Hikes Point Mural Project
This project was conceived of and sponsored by property manager David Nicklies of Nicklies Development and District 11 Councilman Kevin Kramer. Community members who shared memories and the oral history of the area inspired and shaped the design for this project. This mural transformed a large, blank shopping center wall measuring 180’ wide by 18’ high into a visual representation of the community’s history. Lead artist Liz Richter used the landmark clock at the corner of Hikes Lane and Taylorsville Road as a focal point representing the passage of time. The bold, colorful geometric pattern reflects the bright, commercial signage surrounding the Point and the triangular shapes references the convergence of roads from an aerial view. These alternating panels create a starburst, coming from the center image of the clock, and tell the history of Hikes Point in a rotating timeline.