Welcome

Louisville has a thriving, internationally recognized arts & culture landscape with steadfast support for institutions. But while there are numerous arts & culture institutions – and the organizations that support them (Fund for the Arts, Arts & Culture Alliance, et al) – there is no centralized support for individual artists & creative professionals. To successfully leverage the opportunities available (and create new ones!), including those established through the new Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan, we’re building a unique organization to ensure artists & creative professionals have the access and the means to take advantage of what they – and our city – have to offer.

Artist: William Benton (Cat Casual); Photo: Arthur Dworin

Program Overview:

ELEVATOR Artist Resource will:

1.

Increase individual artists' access to opportunities & resources.

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Increase our community's access to artists.

3.

Break down disciplinary and generational silos to encourage new, interesting collaboration & networking opportunities.

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Better prepare artists to articulate and apply their distinctive competencies in a variety of community & business contexts.

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To provide artists with tools to be their own producers and incorporate business & entrepreneurship training into the core of our programming (production, marketing, distribution, and fundraising).

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Empower our creative community to find sustainability in their careers and foster a deeper sense of connection, collaboration, and intersectional engagement within Greater Louisville - and beyond.

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Provide access to professional development to establish more trained and qualified educators & teaching artists - a goal especially important as better educators produce more successful students and future community leaders.

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Encourage innovation & engagement in local organizations and businesses through meaningful collaborations & projects with artists, and through the development of artists & creative professionals already on their teams.

9.

Drive economic development through increased investment in creative community & business projects, arts commerce, as well as talent attraction & retention.

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Help our community achieve broader goals as outlined in Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 and other plans - through art.

Key Players

ELEVATOR’s mission and vision have been developed and refined through the work of a diverse and committed group of artists and creative professionals that serve as our volunteer board.

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Alison
Huff:

Managing Director, Commonwealth Theatre Center; Immediate Past Chair & Impact Committee Co-Chair, Arts & Culture Alliance (ACA) Board of Directors; Cultivation Committee Co-Chair, Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee

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Jackie
Pallesen:

visual art teacher, Ballard High School; visual artist

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Keith
McGill:

actor; arts educator; stand-up comedian

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Eli
Keel:

freelance arts & culture journalist; actor; playwright; founding member Derby City Playwrights

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William
Benton:

musician; writer; operator of multi-arts venue

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Kelli
Corney:

Vice President, Mightily; Owner/Founder, Aether; brand strategist; entrepreneur

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Andrew
Preston:

Manager, Preston Arts Center; visual artist; instructor; demonstrator; introducer

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Portia
White:

Dance instructor/choreographer; Director, Genesis Arts KY

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Remington
Smith:

Filmmaker; Assistant Professor, Film & Film Production, University of Louisville

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Ehren
Reed:

Director, ELEVATOR Artist Resource; visual artist

We can’t do this
without your input

Are you an artist? A volunteer board of diverse artists & creative professionals established guiding principles and identified possible programs for ELEVATOR, but we need artists of all disciplines from across Greater Louisville to help us hone & prioritize them. Please complete this 5-minute survey to tell us what YOU want & need.

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