Vision Louisville Announces SoBro ArtWalks Contest Winners

September 11, 2014

Four artistic designs chosen as winners of the SoBro ArtWalks Contest will be painted along the SoBro 4th Street corridor this Sunday.

The designs, representing the energy and diversity of the SoBro neighborhood, will be part of a community-wide event from 2 - 7 p.m. on 4th Street between Broadway and Kentucky Street.

"SoBro ArtWalks is an excellent example of private public collaboration," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "I want to thank and congratulate the artists for their creative designs that will spruce up and energize the 4th Street corridor. They will also encourage pedestrians to utilize crosswalks, improving safety."

In addition to painting the crosswalks, Sunday?s event will feature outdoor yoga classes, walking tours of nearby community gardens, food trucks, live music, a bike raffle and many other family-friendly activities.

"The idea for this event came out of our work with Vision Louisville and the Urban Land Institute Rosefellows," said Gretchen Miliken, Director of Advanced Planning, "The SoBro Neighborhood has worked hard to bring this event to life in an effort to recapture 4th Street's glory as a vibrant corridor that connects downtown with Churchill Downs."

Volunteers are needed to paint the crosswalks and are encouraged to register with Jeff O'Brien by calling 574-1354. Fourth Street between Broadway and Kentucky Street will be closed to traffic on Sunday from 1 - 7 p.m. for the event. Parking for the free event is available on 3rd Street and 5th Street.

And the winners are:
Broadway: Ashlyn Ackerman, Evan Holladay and Jordan Walker
"The intersection of 4th Street and Broadway represents the true gateway to the SoBro community. The bright colors showcase SoBro's diversity and will immediately signal to pedestrians that they have crossed the threshold into a new neighborhood, with a distinct sense of place."

Breckinridge Street: Alexis Hamilton, student and Tara Remington, art teacher, Clarksville High School
"The intersection of 4th Street and Breckinridge is anchored by Presentation Academy and Spalding University. This design accentuates the connection between art and the student experience and highlights the academic corridor."

York Street: Josephine K. Smiley with Women in Design
"York and 4th Street is a key intersection in the SoBro neighborhood. This crosswalk design shows the flow of energy through the area with the blending of vibrant colors. The concentric circles intersect and overlap, causing the primary colors to blend together to create new hues."

Kentucky Street: Stephanie Graziano with Women in Design
"The 4th Street and Kentucky intersection marks the end of the SoBro neighborhood and the start of the Old Louisville Historic Neighborhood. The use of exciting, bold and daring color sparks the idea to take a second look at this intersection. The newly painted bike lanes draw people from Kentucky Street straight through this area and are even reflected in our design."

Schedule of events
2 p.m. Painting Kick Off and a history of SoBro, presented by Councilman Tom Owen
2:15-3:15 p.m. Live music provided by Moondogs
2:30 p.m. Walking tour of JCTC?s community garden
3 -3:20 p.m. Outdoor Yoga (Bring your own mat)
3:30 p.m. Walking tour of the 2nd St. garden
4 -4:20 p.m. Outdoor Yoga (Bring your own mat)
5:30 p.m. Walking tour of JCTC's community garden