Partnership between Parks and Recreation, Fund For The Arts bringing HeARTS program to 12 community centers

January 31, 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 1, 2024) – Fund For The Arts will be providing fee-free arts enrichment programming at 12 Louisville Parks and Recreation community centers beginning in February through its HeARTS program again this year. 

“We’re excited to welcome the HeARTS program back again this year, and I want to thank Fund for the Arts for their creativity and support for our community,” said Ben Johnson, Assistant Director of Recreation. “The kids who participate in the HeARTS program greatly benefit from these programs, and they’re also a lot of fun.” 

Participation in the program is open-ended and students will be working on different concepts during each class, so students can join at any time. Classes are geared towards youths ages 6-18. 

“HeARTS is a core part of Fund for the Arts’ Arts in Neighborhoods investment initiative and an important part of our work as Louisville Metro Government’s Local Arts Agency,” said Andre Kimo Stone Guess, President and CEO of Fund for the Arts. “We know that our neighborhoods are rich, vibrant communities where people play, work, and create, and the HeARTS program is an investment in both our teaching artists/organizations and in the communities they serve.”

Instructors are offering courses in music, visual art, dance, technology and various types of interpretive and applied arts. For more information, please contact the center of your choice. 

Beechmont Community Center
205 West Wellington Avenue, (502) 361-5484
Rhythm Science Sound
Classes begin Friday February 9 and run through May 31. Fridays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Berrytown Community Center
1300 Heafer Road, (502) 456-8148
Anastasia Teper, Instructor
Classes begin February 3 and run through May 18. Fridays, 6-7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. 

California Community Center
1600 West St. Catherine Street, (502) 574-2658
Kidsview, Inc. 
Classes begin April 8 and run through July 26. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Douglass Community Center
2305 Douglass Blvd, (502) 456-8120
Louisville Folk School
Classes begin April 8 and run through May 27. Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Metro Arts Community Center
8360 Dixie Highway, (502) 937-2055
Louisville Visual Art
Classes TBA, check with the center 

Newburg Community Center
4810 Exeter Avenue, (502) 456-8122
ChoZen, Inc. 
Classes begin February 5 run through March 1. Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7p.m. 

Parkhill Community Center
1703 South 13th Street, (502) 637-3044
Deanna Atchley, Instructor
Classes begin February 6 and run through May 30. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5– 7:30 p.m. 

Molly Leonard Portland Community Center
640 S. 27th Street, (502) 776-0913
Rebecca Cavalcante, Instructor
Classes begin March 2 and run through July 20. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-7:30 p.m. 

Shawnee Community Center
607 S. 37th Street, (502) 775-5268
Genesis Arts of Kentucky
Classes begin February 22 and run through April 27. Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 

South Louisville Community Center
2911 Taylor Blvd, (502) 574-3206
Friends of Nicole 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative+ Angles Selfie Museum
Classes begin February 5 and run through May 22. Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Southwick Community Center
3621 Southern Blvd, (502) 775-6598
Instructor, Ashlee Phillips
Classes begin February 7 and run through March 29. Wednesdays and Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Sun Valley Community Center
6505 Bethany Lane, (502) 937-8802
Instructors, Skylar Smith and Ericka Rucker
Classes begin February 10 and run through June 1. Sundays, 2-4 p.m. 

Several HeARTS programs take place outside of the Metro Parks Community Centers. Those include: 

YouthBuild Louisville 
800 S Preston Street, (502) 290-6121
Youngblood Harmonizing Arts
Classes begin February 20 and run through June 7. Tuesdays and Fridays, 4 – 7 p.m.


Backside Learning Center
3131 S 2nd Street, (502) 634-6543
Instructor, Sara Noori
Classes begin February 5 and run through May 31. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Option to Success
3218 Virginia Ave, (502) 822-3773
Healing Walls Project
Classes begin February 7 and run through June 1. Wednesdays, 5 – 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Highview Arts Center
7406 Fegenbush Lane, (502) 783-6609
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
Classes will be 4 weeks in the summer: June 17 – 21, 24 – 28, July 8 – 12, 22 – 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Boys and Girls Haven
2301 Goldsmith Lane, (502) 458-1171
Louisville Center for Therapy and Sustainability 
Classes will begin February 5 and run through May 27. Time TBD 

Maryhurst, Inc. 
1015 Dorsey Lane, (502) 245-1576
Drama by George 
Classes will begin February 6 and run through March 28. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Heuser Hearing and Language Academy 
111 E Kentucky Street, (502) 636-2084
Louisville Ballet
Classes will begin February 1 and run through May 23. Thursdays, 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services 
1906 Goldsmith Lane, (888) 636-8477
Louisville Ballet
Classes will begin February 12 and run through May 20. Mondays, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Home of the Innocents
1100 E Market Street, (502) 596-1000
Instructor, Tricia Hart
Classes will begin April 8 and run through May 30. Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m. and Thursdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Americana Community Center 
4801 Southside Drive, (502) 366-7813
Keen Dance Theatre
Classes will begin February 19 and run through April 15. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

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ABOUT LOUISVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION

Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages more than 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land and operates r6505 recreation programs for area residents of all ages and abilities through its 14 community centers. The department’s inventory also includes 10 golf courses; the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center and four outdoor pools; the David Armstrong Extreme Park; two historic homes; the historic Iroquois Amphitheater performance venue; and the nation’s largest municipally owned urban forest, Jefferson Memorial Forest. More details on the department’s people and programs can be found at bestparksever.com.

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