Black Artists in Kentucky 2017

Saturday, JANUARY 14, 2017


Building New Connections for an Arts and Culture Renaissance

This event is sponsored by Roots & Wings through a grant from ArtPlace America.


As artists and cultural workers, we have much more to learn from each other than we may recognize. What if we were able to see our connectivity to each other in new ways?  Painter and Poet. Musician and Maker. Black and White.

Roots & Wings, Bridge Kids International, IDEAS xLab and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage present a convening for Louisville, Kentucky's community of artists.

Using an opportunity-lens, we’ll consider what we know about Kentucky's arts/cultural traditions and generate a roadmap for building new connections for an arts and culture renaissance for Black artists in Kentucky. This event only works with your participation!  After the event, thoughts and ideas gathered will be shared through a report designed to inform and shape policies and strategies.

Filmmakers, poets, painters, dancers, actors, musicians, cultural organizers and producers, independent designers, and creative thinkers: We need your voice to envision the future of Black artists in Kentucky. From the emerging to the established, we want to hear from artists and arts professionals of all experience levels and cultural backgrounds, across all disciplines and sectors, who are interested in helping to build new connections for Kentucky's African American artists and cultural organizers.

#BAKY2017 specific focus is to create a new vision for cultural and racial equity in the arts in Louisville - AND -  to plan for the opportunity that increased equity presents for Kentucky as a whole. We will explore new and emerging opportunities for artists not only in the arts and cultural sector but also in other sectors like healthcare and urban planning.

This gathering will engage local cultural advocates, funders and arts leaders together with the artist community to explore:

(1) How artists and cultural organizers can collectively build a new future for African American arts and culture in Louisville.

(2) How we can make more tools, resources, and opportunities accessible to Black Kentuckians who want to pursue a creative life in Louisville.


Saturday, January 14  /  1:00pm – 7:00pm  /  Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Program

1:00 – 1:30   Welcome – Aukram Burton, Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, Theo Edmonds |  Introduction of Roots & Wings | Charge for the Day

1:30 – 1:45   Making Connections – Concentric Circles Exercise (Stacy Bailey Ndiaye and R&W members facilitate)

1:45 – 2:30   Creative Community Circles (Breakout groups to discuss key issues,  needs and ideas for the future)   

2:15 – 2:45    Creative Break (LiveMusic)

2:45 – 3:15    No Such Thing as a Starving Artist: Exploring tips for making a living as artists AND opportunities for artists outside the arts sector. (Theo Edmonds/Hannah Drake of IDEAS xLab facilitate)

3:15 – 3:45    Roots & Wings Report on their Learnings & Growth through their ArtPlace America Grant

3:45 – 4:15   Presentation by Fund for the Arts | Greater Louisville Arts Master Plan

4:15 - 4:45    GROUP ACTIVITY: Asset Mapping - Emerging Opportunities for artists in arts+culture developments/initiatives in Louisville

4:45 – 5:15 Real Talk with Rev. Alvin Herring, Director of Racial Equity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

5:15 – 6:00   Cultural Renaissance - Creating a 20 Year Vision for African American Arts & Culture in Louisville (Facilitated Visioning Session – including how funders and arts administrators can contribute) | Circle of Elders: A few Kentucky-based African American arts/culture leaders share their wisdom

6:00 – 7:00  Celebration | Performance | Libations | Snacks - Performance Jam Hosted by Lance Newman  

Share your thoughts in Twitter with:  

#BAKY2017  #CulturalEquity

This event is sponsored by Roots & Wings through a grant from ArtPlace America.