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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Events Will Showcase Alternative to Violence

Thursday May 8, 2014

Artists, poets and musicians part of four
events scheduled in May

Four events in May are aimed at reducing violence by bringing together artists, experts and young people from around the community.

Each of the four sessions is designed to engage and challenge people while introducing organizations and initiatives that are doing important work to disrupt the cycle of violence in Louisville.

“Ending violence is not just a policing issue it’s a challenge for the entire community,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Bringing people together and letting opinions, voices and artistic talents be heard is an important part of the process.”

@SpreadLoveLou arose out of the Cities United Program, a national partnership to eliminate violence-related deaths of young African-American males of which Louisville is a member.

Each of the four events is built around a theme related to reducing violence.

May 13, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. – Understanding
Mayor’s Gallery, Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St.
BBOY Performance with DJ Bedrock
Featured Documentary “BBOY for Life
Panel Discussion – How Can The Arts Help Reduce Violence? including Col.Yvette Gentry, Anthony Smith, Dr. Eddie Woods, Lance Newman, Marta Miranda, Coury Deeb, Theo Edmonds, and others.

May 14, 5 p.m. -7 p.m. -- Mindfulness
Nucleus, 300 E. Market St.
Art exhibition, live music and poetry readings
Exhibition features special installation by Andrew Cozzens and Sara Pitt with a group exhibition by Chris Radtke, Michael Ratterman, Josh Miller, Letitia Bajuyo, Clare Hirn and more sponsored in part by ChromaLuxe.

May 15, 5 p.m. -7 p.m. -- Peace
The Academy at Shawnee, 4018 W. Market St.
Live music and poetry readings

May 16, 5 p.m. -7 p.m. -- Compassion
Steps of Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St.
Live music and poetry readings

Beverages provided by Rooibee Red Tea.

The @SpreadLoveLou movement and events are being organized by artist Lance G. Newman, the Louisville organization I.D.E.A.S. 40203 with support from the Mayor’s Office of Safe Neighborhoods, Louisville Literary Arts and Nadus Films.

@SpreadLoveLou is being developed by artists who have radically different belief systems; different skin colors, sexuality, and backgrounds -- differences that can be the foundation of a wall or the intention of a bridge. We are willing to have an honest conversation about the things that are holding us back as a city and ask ourselves: What are we prepared to do about them? Together?

Taking place during Louisville’s Festival of Faiths, @SpreadLoveLou includes poets such as Joshua Middleton, Christina Howard, Brandon Shatter, Marta Miranda, Jibriyll Izsrael, Jesse Lane (Sparrow), Robin G, Lance Newman, Byron Armstrong, Hodge and Keshia, Black Falcon, Amanda Mills, Theo Edmonds, Brandon Shatter, Kenny ‘Fresh’ Tutt, Amelia Susan, Isiah Fish, Charles McBroom, Gabe Tomlin, Amber Burns and more.

Other partners include Inspire KY, Right Turn, Nativity Academy, Gentlemen’s Academy,

West End School, Peace Education, Center for Women and Families, YouthBuild Louisville,

Louisville Urban League, Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition, Network Center for Community Change (NC3) and Louisville Metro Parks Community Centers.