HeARTS

HeARTS is an arts initiative supported by Louisville Metro Government that will provide arts programs in community centers and public places across the city and county. HeARTS is an investment in arts as a powerful and transformational tool for healing, building trust, and community cohesion. Post-pandemic, participation in arts reduces isolation and rebuilds community networks; in a violence epidemic and community suffering from racism as a public health crisis, arts are a strategy in a community’s fostering of empathy, conflict resolution, and positive mental health.  

Teaching artists and/or arts organizations engaged in HeARTS are encouraged to participate in HeARTS-related programming throughout the period of fall 2022 through summer 2023. Specific program schedules are flexible and will vary throughout the program year.  

Age of participants   Programs for all ages  
Program duration   Fall 2022 – Winter 2023  

  • A cohort of teaching artists and arts organizations will participate in learning opportunities and exchange of ideas with Louisville Metro Government agencies and mental health professionals  
  • Stipend $2,500 for participating arts organizations and teaching artists  

 

Spring 2023  

  • Teaching artists and/or arts organizations will lead arts programs in up to 20 community centers across Louisville/Jefferson County  
  • Community centers will select one program per site (teaching artist and/or arts organization will engage with one community center for the spring 2023)  
  • Stipend $15,000, plus funding for supplies and snacks/meals, for teaching artists and/or arts organizations leading programs and developing summer projects  

 

Summer 2023  

  • Each program and community center will host a culminating project at the conclusion of the spring program, led by community members and participants working together with arts organizations and teaching artists  
  • Budget $10,000 for project implementation, plus funding to pay community participants   
Pay rate   See “Program Duration” above, for information about stipends and budgets  
How many program spaces are available?   Anticipating 20 opportunities for teaching artists and/or arts organizations for fall 2022 – summer 2023  

 

Age of participants   Students in groups by elementary, middle, and high school grade level  
Program duration   8-week sessions throughout the academic year, about 10 teaching hours per week, tentatively 4:30-6:30p, Monday – Friday  
Pay rate   $1,000 weekly rate, $8,000 per session paid to teaching artist and/or arts organization for planning and teaching time, program supplies, and travel  
How many program spaces are available?   Anticipating 4 teaching artist and/or arts organization contracts for 8-week sessions in spring 2023 academic semester