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.

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.

Nov 21 2017 Jeff O’Brien named new Director of Develop Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer has named Jeff O’Brien as the new director of Develop Louisville, the city’s real estate and community development arm. O’Brien has been with the city since 2013, first as project manager for Vision Louisville then as Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Planning. O’Brien was named to the position after Director Deborah Bilitski accepted a position as Deputy Director/Vice President of the Waterfront Development Corporation.

Sep 6 2017 Mayor, Commission on Public Art release review comments

Mayor Greg Fischer and the Commission on Public Art today made public the nearly 850 comments that citizens made through an online form regarding a review of public art in Louisville. The comments can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-art/public-art-review

Sep 1 2017 City announces agenda for next week’s special Commission on Public Art meeting

The Commission on Public Art (COPA) will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, September 6 from 4-7 p.m. in the Old Jail Auditorium (514 W. Liberty) to discuss pieces in its inventory that can be interpreted as honoring discrimination, racism, bigotry or slavery. Today, the agenda for that meeting is available.

The agenda is as follows:

Aug 24 2017 City contracts with Falls Art Foundry for Castleman monument cleanup

The city has contracted with the local Falls Art Foundry to remove a vandal’s paint from the Castleman monument in Cherokee Park. The $8,200 contract includes the cost for paint removal and re-waxing of the monument.