Lean In, Louisville is a yearlong series of presentations, conversations, and art exhibits that will explore historical factors behind all forms of inequality and discrimination in America and in Louisville, and how our city can create more opportunities for all citizens. This initiative is a partnership of Louisville Metro Government, the Muhammad Ali Center, schools, and the local business and faith communities.
Lean In, Louisville initiatives will:
- Offer learning opportunities detailing the historical mistreatment of individuals based on gender, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, immigration status or other discrimination in the U.S. and Louisville, and how that history impacts us today.
- Provide opportunities for small-group conversations on these issues and their ongoing impacts.
- Share individual and organizational actions designed to create a more equitable city.
- Establish principles for Louisville’s public art and monuments and create public art grant opportunities.
These initiatives will include:
- Learning opportunities through the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) and the Louisville Human Relations Commission (HRC): LFPL and HRC will offer monthly public programming for Louisvillians to learn about our shared history. These issues will be explored in the context of subjects like sports, law, and the economy.
- Community Conversations: A series of small group community conversations will be held throughout the city for citizens to engage in thoughtful, meaningful conversations on tough topics.
- Establish Public Art Principles, Provide Artist Grants and Exhibition: As previously announced, Mayor Fischer has convened an advisory committee to establish principles for Louisville’s public art and monuments. The committee’s work will conclude by June 30, 2018. Through funds contributed via the fee-in-lieu option in the Land Development Code, the Commission on Public Art will offer artists and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to submit public art project proposals that celebrate people and stories that provide a diverse narrative to our community’s public art. Available funding starts at $100,000. Foundations, businesses, and individuals are urged to help us build this fund. Finally, for the past several years, Metro Government has contracted with Louisville Visual Art to curate exhibitions of local artists’ work in public spaces within Metro Hall. The 2018 exhibition will utilize the platform of the Rotunda for art exhibits related to Lean In, Louisville.
Ways to get involved:
- Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies, organizations and individuals interested in helping to fund the work.
- Contribute funding for public art projects.
- Tell us about your related work already underway or planned, so it can be included in promotion of related activities.
Lean In, Louisville continues the Louisville Metro Government’s nationally recognized work building Louisville’s reputation as a welcoming city through the Office for Globalization while also promoting racial equity through programs like BeTheOne, Black Male Achievement and many others.