Arts and Culture

I am, I can, I will Mural

Artwork credit: Ashley Cathey, 2019, Imagine Mural Festival in Smoketown

The Arts and Culture Focus Area Team will meet on September 24, October 15, November 12 and December 3. Click here to watch previous meetings and access meeting materials.

If you would like to be part of the team and participate in the meeting, please contact Lena Muldoon here.

Crises spur creativity and innovation out of necessity, but when the economy takes a hit, it also drains critical resources for our arts and cultural organizations. Moreover, there are segments of the community that have not had sufficient access to arts and culture even during better economic times. This focus area team will be tasked with answering the following questions:

  • How do we build resiliency and sustainability into organizations moving forward?
  • How do we address the systemic forces that have created barriers to access and participation for underserved communities?
  • How do we facilitate resiliency and sustainability for individual artists?
  • How do we support and encourage the creative energy resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice?
  • How do we support smaller arts and cultural organizations and individual artists that often have little to no reserve funds?
  • What new opportunities, collaborations, and business models does this present?
  • How do arts and culture venues engage and operate responsibly?

Actions and goals will center around partnerships/collaborations, education, accessibility, public policy, and financial viability. Metrics for success may include evaluating programs and services offered, support infrastructures established, attendance, and philanthropic dollars invested before and after the pandemic.

While the focus area team will tackle new challenges presented, the work will be built on the foundation already established in existing plans, including Vision Louisville, Plan 2040Resilient Louisville, Prepare Louisville and Imagine Greater Louisville.

Arts & Culture co-chairs completed their Racial Equity Training with Louisville Metro’s Chief of Equity Kendall Boyd on July 29.