Louisville HeARTS


Art is a powerful, transformational tool for joy, healing, building trust, and uniting a community.  Launched as a Mayor's initiative, HeARTS is designed to emphasize the healing power of the arts, and to support artists and organizations focused on fostering community cohesion. Louisville Metro has partnered with Fund for the Arts and Louisville Orchestra to promote multigenerational, multi-disciplinary healing arts experiences in neighborhoods where people live, work, play, and gather. The HeARTS initiative encourages healing through re-connection and creative convening across our city through artist-led, community-driven programming.  

HeARTS Partners
HeARTS Programs

Louisville Orchestra

Music Without Borders (Louisville Orchestra & Metro Parks)

Music Without Borders emphasized repeated appearances by the LO in selected neighborhoods at least every three months throughout performance seasons to bring the full range of orchestral music to populations seeking creative enrichment and a place to gather and share in culture. The locations for Music Without Borders in the 2022-23 season were Smoketown (Logan Street Market), California (California Community Center), and Jeffersontown (Jeffersontown Community Center). Each location hosted three performance series throughout the season, consisting of three concerts over a single weekend. Programs for these concerts included a Louisville Orchestra Creator’s Corps composition or collaborative community piece, a concerto featuring a member of the Louisville orchestra and a standard piece orchestra repertoire closing the program. 

In addition to the Music Without Borders concerts there were two free concerts at Metro Parks, at Iroquois Amphitheatre and Shawnee Park.

Once Upon an Orchestra (Louisville Orchestra & Louisville Free Public Library)

This program brings free small ensemble performances that are curated for multi-generational family audiences and creates quality, hands-on, learning experiences for families in their neighborhoods. Three new programs were developed this year featuring popular children's stories such as Where the Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in support of the LFPL’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Participants of all ages enjoyed a 60-minute program that weaves together storytelling adventures with creative music making.  Audience members made instruments from recycled materials and were able to play along with the musicians during the performance. This program will took place at various LFPL locations throughout the city.

Fund for the Arts

Arts Experiences in Community Spaces (Fund for the Arts & Metro Parks)

Fund for the Arts is leveraging art as a powerful and transformational tool for healing, building trust, and community cohesion. Post-pandemic, participation in arts reduces isolation and rebuilds community networks. In the midst of an epidemic of violence and community suffering stemming from the public health crises of racism and poverty, arts are a vital strategy in a community’s fostering of empathy, conflict resolution, and positive mental health.

In 2024, the following teaching artists and organizations will be partnering with community centers and spaces across the city to develop arts programming that focuses on community participants.


Teaching ArtistLocation
Rhythm Science SoundBeechmont Community Center
 Anastasia TeperBerrytown Community Center
Kidsview, Inc.California Community Center
Louisville Folk SchoolDouglass Community Center
ChoZen, Inc.Newberg Community Center
Deanna AtchleyParkhill Community Center
Rebecca CavalcantePortland Community Center
Genesis Arts Kentucky, Inc.Shawnee Community Center
Friends of Nicole 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative + Angles Selfie Museum        South Louisville Community Center
Ashlee PhillipsSouthwick Community Center
Skylar Smith & Ericka RuckerSun Valley Community Center
Louisville Visual ArtMetro Arts Community Center
Youngblood Harmonizing ArtsYouthBuild
Sara NooriBackside Learning Center
Healing Walls ProjectOptions to Success
Looking for Lilith Theater CompanyHighview Arts Center
Louisville Center for Therapy and SustainabilityBoys and Girls Haven
Drama by GeorgeMaryhurst, Inc.
Louisville BalletHeuser Hearing & Language Academy, Inc.
Louisville BalletVisually Impaired Preschool Services
Tricia HartHome of the Innocents
Keen Dance TheaterAmericana Community Center


Dates, times, and specifics for program offerings can be found on the Louisville Parks and Recreation Activity Registration page. These engagements will begin with ongoing residencies and result in community-led arts projects. Working together to explore healing practices and artistic techniques from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, these programs emphasize art as a powerful tool to promote empathy, conflict resolution, and positive mental health. Please contact Fund for the Arts for more information on the program and how you can participate.


HeARTS Calendar of Events




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