Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 – An Arts and Culture Vision to Transform the RegionTime 2022-10-26 15:01:36
THIS PLAN WAS CREATED TO ANSWER
ONE QUESTION —
How can arts and culture best serve this
In March 2017, the arts and culture community rolled out an exciting shared
vision, Imagine Greater Louisville 2020. That plan was created to answer one
question – How can arts and culture best serve this community.
Three years later, we never could have imagined the year, the challenges, the
innovation 2020 would bring. Great progress has been made since the March 2017
rollout but there is much work still to do. In 2021, we stepped back and asked
ourselves, what does this community need to heal and rebuild after the
covid-19 pandemic and undeniable call for racial equity in our community.
Arts and culture have the power to transform the region, to help advance a
more competitive, economically stronger, more educated, creative and
compassionate Greater Louisville. Imagine Greater Louisville 2025 provides a
shared vision for the role arts, culture and creativity can play in this
Over the course of six months, this community-based plan was created under the
leadership of a cross-sector, 15-person steering committee. Nearly 500 people,
through interviews and surveys, brought their voice to its creation. Their
voices are reflected throughout this plan which includes: (test)
5 PRIORITIES, 17 STRATEGIES, 52 RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
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and actions for each.
culture and creativity are fully integrated into daily life and accessible to
everyone in every neighborhood, every day. More art for more people in more
Louisville is a magnet for artists and creative professionals, where arts and
culture organizations and creative industries, both institutional and
emerging, are thriving.
child in our community has the opportunity to experience and participate in
arts and culture through experiences in their schools, out-of-school programs
and with their families.
equity is leading the way to a more equitable, diverse and inclusive community
improving the social equity and cultural vitality of the region.
Louisville is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading city of
arts and culture attracting talent to live and work here and tourists to stay
This document is the beginning of the process of The responsibility for the implementation of the plan is a shared
transformation. But it is only words on a page. To fully realize the
collective vision laid out here, many organizations, individuals and partners
will need to play a role. Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 will be led by a
Steering Committee of arts and culture and cross-sector individuals. This
committee will have governance responsibility, provide feedback, direction and
oversight and report, at least annually, to the community. The Arts &
Culture Alliance will serve as a primary liaison to engage arts and culture
organizations in all aspects of the plan implementation and the Fund for the
Arts will provide administrative support to the Steering Committee.
responsibility. It is expected that arts and culture organizations, artists
and creative professionals will see their role in the collective action of the
plan. No one organization or individual can fulfill the vision for the region
on their own. Nor can the vision be fulfilled without the leadership and
alignment of many. The vision statements here are meant to be aspirational and
evergreen, but the strategies and actions laid out in the Plan are meant to be
executed by 2020. It is imperative that the Steering Committee and the
community have the flexibility to explore and evaluate the recommended
strategies and actions, and to pursue those with the greatest impact on the
region and the future.
This document is the beginning of the process of
The responsibility for the implementation of the plan is a shared
Imagine If you have ideas, suggestions or would like to get involved in the
Greater Louisville 2020 is a call to action to all of us, across our
community’s sectors, (public, corporate, philanthropic, education, and
cultural) to leverage our creative resources to realize the full potential of
our creative, prosperous future together.
Our hope for this report is three-fold. First, by connecting the dots between
the arts and culture sector and the community’s priorities, this will spark
greater collaboration and engagement of arts and culture as a meaningful
partner in community solutions. Second, we encourage artists and organizations
to ask themselves how they can best support the shared vision for a stronger
community. And lastly, we hope to inspire greater investment in the creativity
and diversity of the arts and culture sector to realize our common
implementation of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, simply send an email to us
If you have ideas, suggestions or would like to get involved in the
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