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This summer, Louisville served as an international creative hub, hosting artists from Hong Kong and landscape architects from Versailles (FR). We explored planning a formal garden, the wood carving process, body movement, gender identity, critiques on capitalism, the politics of food waste.
These cultural exchanges built international friendships between individuals and communities. They strengthened partnerships between IDEAS, YouthBuild, Louisville Ballet, Asia Institute - Crane House, and New Roots with the Yale-China Association and le Potager du Roi in Versailles (France).
For IDEAS [International Dialogue and Engagement Art Strategies], this summer was transformative.
We believe that artist's can be catalytic forces who make new options visible for a world in need of new thinking.
With our partners YouthBuild and Residency Unlimited, we place artists at the vanguard of knowledge in healthcare, manufacturing, ecommerce and vocational education to activate a creative workforce.
Our network of artists and partners are dedicated to alleviating key causes of inequality -- financial, racial, gender and sexual orientation.
Though small in size, our disruptive approaches are far reaching and extend through global networks and international exchanges. We are shifting how workforce develops and how artists engage - both on a local and global level. And, in October, we are going to be taking it up a notch or two.
Get to know the creative people, place and things that connected Louisville to the wold this summer.