Sep 6 2019 Mayor Greg Fischer unveils Louisville Knot public art project

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and community members to unveil a new public art project, the Louisville Knot.

Sep 5 2019 Mayor and Fund for the Arts announce expansion of Cultural Pass program

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Fund for the Arts announced today that the popular Cultural Pass, an annual summer program that provides free arts access to youth and children in Greater Louisville, will now expand to year-round availability.

Sep 3 2019 Louisville unveils Bike Sense project at Big Four Bridge

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined Metro Council members, the Commission on Public Art, artist Todd C. Smith, and community partners at the base of the Big Four Bridge to unveil Bike Sense Louisville, a public art project that will promote healthy lifestyle habits and provide new data on the city’s air quality and temperature.

Aug 22 2019 Fund for the Arts and Mayor's Office announce artists and locations for first-ever Imagine Mural Festival

Mayor Greg Fischer, together with Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art today announced the participating artists in the city’s inaugural Imagine Mural Festival.

Aug 13 2019 Cities of Louisville and Somerset to partner to support the arts

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Mayor Alan Keck, of Somerset, Ky., today announced a new partnership promoting the exchange of arts between the two cities.

“We are excited to partner with Mayor Keck and the arts community in Somerset. This collaboration will create a creative dialogue between communities in Kentucky and activate both vibrant cities by supporting our creative workforce and offering arts experiences for everyone,” said Mayor Fischer.

May 16 2019 Louisville unveils “Love in the Street” art installation, announces national arts grant award

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined community partners for two arts announcements: the awarding of a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the completion of the “Love in the Street” public art installation.

Feb 13 2019 City announces new public art grant opportunity

Louisville Metro Government has announced a new public art opportunity with the Commission on Public Art and as part of Lean Into Louisville. This opportunity called “Untold Stories in Public Spaces” will support projects that memorialize and/or celebrate narratives that have not yet been recognized through an artistic lens in Louisville’s public spaces.

Jan 22 2019 Mayor's Office and Fund for the Arts announce new mural festival

Mayor Greg Fischer together with Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art today announced a transformational two-week mural festival set to launch in fall of 2019. The Imagine Mural Festival will bring talented artists from Louisville and beyond together to create artworks that uncover the untold stories of one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods with the Smoketown neighborhood hosting the mural festival this year.

Jan 4 2019 City announces opportunity to apply for the External Agency Fund Competitive Grants

Louisville Metro Government today announced the process to apply for the External Agency Fund for FY20 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). These grants funded through the city’s general fund are awarded to non-governmental, or "external” agencies that contribute to the city's cultural, social and economic vitality.

 A summary of the application process is as follows with more details listed below:

Aug 8 2018 Mayor Fischer announces decision to move Castleman, Prentice statues from public locations

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the city plans to move a statue of Confederate officer and President of the Board of Park Commissioners John Breckinridge Castleman from the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood and the George Dennison Prentice statue from outside the Louisville Free Public Library.

Jun 30 2018 Public Art & Monuments Advisory Committee submits report to Mayor Greg Fischer

After holding six public meetings in four months and receiving hundreds of comments from residents across the city, the Public Art & Monuments Advisory Committee has submitted its final report to the Mayor.

The finished report includes a set of principles for evaluating Louisville’s existing public art and monuments. The work of the Committee, which was convened by the Mayor, is now concluded.

The Mayor will review the Committee’s report and consider next steps.

Mar 27 2018 Louisville Metro Government announces new opportunity for residents to engage with Public Art & Monuments Advisory Committee

Louisville Metro Government is announcing the details of a new opportunity for residents to provide input on monuments in public spaces. Residents are encouraged to write a letter to any monument in Louisville Metro Public Art’s inventory through social media and use the hashtag #monumentalletters. A template and examples, as paraphrased from public comments submitted to date, can be found below:

“Dear ________ (Monument),

I feel ________, because ___________________.”

Feb 22 2018 Public Art and Monuments Advisory Committee announces meeting schedule

To accomplish their task of developing principles for evaluating Louisville’s existing public art and monuments, the Public Art and Monuments Advisory Committee will hold several more public meetings before completing its work in June.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Jan 30 2018 Mayor Greg Fischer announces the members, scope of the Public Art and Monuments Advisory Committee

Mayor Fischer today announced the names of seven experts and community leaders who will serve on his new Public Art and Monuments Advisory Committee.

Originally announced in December, the Committee is charged with developing a set of principles for evaluating Louisville’s existing public art and monuments.

Dec 11 2017 Mayor Fischer announces steps to explore Louisville’s history and values through public art and monuments

Process will set principles to ensure art showcases community values

In an effort to ensure Louisville’s public art and monuments not only tell our history but also showcase our community values, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced steps to establish principles for such works, while creating additional opportunities for artists to explore issues of race, discrimination, xenophobia and values.