Fischer Helps Launch Year-Long YES Fest Activities

January 6, 2015

Gill Holland, honorary YES! Fest chair and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today joined Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore, New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan and Clarksville Town Council President Bob Polston.and tourism officials from both sides of the river to kick-off a year-long festival about the environment and sustainability:

The YES! Fest,  which stands for year of environment and sustainability , will connect the arts, culture, science  and the environment in innovative ways. With one large important theme and hundreds of programs throughout 2015, arts and cultural attractions will actively engage audiences of all ages through a wealth of artistic and cultural and fun experiences. Organized by the Arts & Cultural Attractions Council (ACA), this year-long event which starts in January 2015 will provide art and culture activities in the expected and unexpected – from art museums, to community parks, to recycling centers and landfills. With over 100 cultural partners in the ACA, the creative possibilities are endless.

Many exciting programs have already been coordinated from participating organizations large and small.

"The YES Fest is an inspired idea, Fischer said. "It will infuse innovation in dozens of arts and cultural attractions and venues, using creative ways to motivate and inspire people of all ages to raise awareness of our environment and planet and to get after it when it comes to adopting practices that create a more sustainable community and world."

“In the spirit of collaboration and entrepreneurship, members of the ACA are taking the initiative to illustrate how arts and culture organizations can create programs that inspire debate and lead to a richer and more dynamic society,” said Dr. Mark Wourms, YES! Fest Co-Chair and Executive Director of Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum. “Issues related to environment and sustainability demand creative solutions that lead to innovation, economic development and results.”

“Artists, scientists, creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs will partake in this year-long YES! Fest to show the community new ways in which arts have a broad and meaningful impact on the community” said Sally Newkirk, YES! Fest Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, IN. “This will be accomplished through fun programming around a topic that is significant, but is outside the realm of the typical arts and cultural focus..”

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