Mayor Greg Fischer, Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art kicked off the first-ever Imagine Mural Festival in October of 2019. The festival brought talented artists from Louisville and beyond together to create public artworks highliting untold stories of one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods.
(Photo) 2019 Imagine Mural Festival Artists
The following artists will be participating in this first Imagine Mural Festival by painting murals at these various locations:
1) Joe’s Neighborhood Food Mart 542 Lampton Street 40203 Owner: Joe Ali Artist: Victor Sweatt
2) Kertis Creative 786 S Shelby Street 40203 Owner: Stephen Curtis Artist: Liz Richter
3) Loaves & Fishes 949 South Jackson Street 40203 Owner: Aaron Mueller Contact: Curtis Taylor Artist: Brandon Marshall
4) Logan Street Basin x 4 murals at basin 937-967 Logan Street 40204, Artist: Ashley Cathey, Artists: Steam Exchange, Caitlin Kannapell/Rachel Mauser, Artists: Andrei Krautsou & Yuliya Puhach
5) Metro United Way 334 East Broadway 40202 Contact: John Sands Artist: Annie Hamel
6) Petro Towery 813 Finzer Street 40204 Owner: Rachel Zink Artist: The Art Cartel, Wilfred Sieg III
7) WAVE 725 South Floyd Street 40203 GM: Ken Selvaggi Artist: OSRS, Jeremy Lewis,
8) Wave 725 South Floyd (White structure in park adjacent to WAVE) 40203 GM: Ken Selvaggi Artist: OSRS, Jeremy Lewis
9) YouthBuild 800 South Preston Street 40203Contact: Lynn Rippy Artist: The Art of Kacy LLC, Kacy Jackson
10) Terry Zink Property 702 Logan Street 40204 Owner: Rachel Zink Artist: Tramel Harold Fain
11) Exclusive Wear 620-30 East Broadway 40202 Contact: Jordan Michelson Artist: Braylyn Stewart
12) Ben Carter Law 900 S. Shelby Street Artist: Liz Richter
What is the Imagine 2020 Mural Festival?
The Imagine Mural Festival showcases local, national, and international artistic talent and Louisville’s vibrant neighborhoods, and engages , business owners, and tourists from across Louisville and beyond.
Rooted in the five priorities of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, the Imagine Mural Festival aims to 1) expand access to, and educate through, the arts; 2) cultivate artistic talent; 3) celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion; and 4) promote Louisville as a great place to live, work and visit.
The central theme of the Imagine Mural Festival is Lean Into Louisville, a city-wide initiative launched by Louisville Metro Government in 2019. Lean Into Louisville is an unprecedented series of presentations, conversations, activities and art exhibits that explores and confronts the history and legacy of all forms of inequality and discrimination. Louisville, a Southern border city with a proud history of brave citizens fighting for civil rights, marriage equality and the welcoming of immigrants, but also of discrimination, can be a national model for civic transformation through guided innovative education and conversation.
While Lean Into Louisville was sparked by the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia and the recognition of the lack of understanding of the nation’s history of discrimination and its ongoing impact, it is grounded in hope, inspired by compassion, and sets a goal to create a movement that cultivates a more equitable city where everyone can thrive. Lean Into Louisville continues Louisville Metro Government’s nationally recognized work building Louisville’s reputation as a welcoming city and how Louisville can create more opportunities for all citizens.
This year, the Imagine 2020 Mural Festival focused on Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood. Home to more than 1,600 people, Smoketown is a neighborhood of perseverance. It is one of the first black-founded communities that still exist in Louisville today. Smoketown is home to a proud, majority African-American population with thriving church communities, active and capable non-profits, and successful businesses. Despite the systemic patterns of disinvestment and segregation produced by redlining practices, Smoketown residents have fought to make neighborhood housing, community facilities, and educational opportunities available to all.
To learn more about Smoketown, read the Smoketown Neighborhood Plan.