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.
Every PAINT project is born out of resident ideas. A community meeting is held to support community members in creating a vision for the project. Artists are invited to the meeting in order to listen to residents directly. Center for Neighborhoods issues an RFP to the arts community, and a selection committee comprised of neighborhood residents chooses an artist to complete their project. Center for Neighborhoods supports the artist and the neighborhood in project completion.
Join us for a community meeting at 6pm on Thursday, October 28th to envision a new public art project in the California Leisure Space. This project is part of the NEA Our Town Initiative, which is a partnership between Center for Neighborhoods, Fund for the Arts, Louisville Metro Government, and Louisville Public Media. The RFP for interested artists will be released soon. The final artist selected by the community will be given a$14,500 stipend to cover all materials, labor, and other costs.
A new mural is currently being installed by artist Victor Sweatt in the Parkland neighborhood on the side of Kidz World on 28th street near the future Parkland Plaza. Community members have put together a comprehensive mural depicting historical imagery and figures of Parkland, along with inspiring messaging that aligns with the community values of "Parkland Love".
California Leisure Open Space
Southside Sculpture Project
A new, interactive community sculpture project, in collaboration with the Southside Neighborhood Association and Americana Community Center, was installed in the grassy area near the intersection of Southside Drive, W Kenwood Way, and South 2nd St. A volunteer selection committee of residents chose local emerging artist, Elmer Lopez, to create a colorful welcoming sculpture at the entrance of the Southside neighborhood.
Center For neighborhoods is deeply 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.
It's all about engagement!
Artist Elmer Lopez and Center for Neighborhoods staff engaged 20 kids at Americana Community Center around the upcoming sculpture. They learned about materials and construction, and worked together to create a miniature model of the sculpture.
Youth Get to Make Their Mark!
Before the advisory group selected Elmer Lopez, Center for Neighborhoods staff joined about 60 kids in an after-school program at Americana Community Center to develop guiding values and imagery that would inform the look and feel of the nearby art piece.
Partnerships are Key!
Artist Elmer Lopez and Center for Neighborhoods' Hannah Crepps joined Louisville Metro's Department of Public Works to coordinate the details of site preparation and sculpture installation. The site was cleaned of debris and invasive vegetation, and a new sidewalk was poured to allow pedestrian access across the site. The colorful sculpture will be installed along the pathway so that people can walk through and be reminded of all Southside's bright qualities.
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.
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.
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.