Whole Foods Market has selected LVAA’s Open Doors Program as the recipient for their upcoming 5% Day of Giving. This Wednesday, Whole Foods will generously donate 5% of the day’s earning to the LVAA! We are grateful that they recognize our dedication to giving a voice to under-served populations through collaborative works of art. YOU have an opportunity to help just by checking off items on this week’s grocery list! AND they’ll be donating an addition 5% on all turkeys and holiday meals preordered on that day.
This 5% will be put towards LVAA’s community outreach program, Open Doors. The donation will greatly benefit a current project at Memorial Park, located downtown at Fourth and Kentucky Streets. The next big step in this ongoing project is to create a permanent sculpture base. Local artists and future Open Doors projects can contribute large public works to the park for designated periods of time. Various organizations and groups will be able to use the base to display work in this visible, public place, certainly adding vibrancy and new life to the park. Open Doors hopes to install similar sculpture bases all around the city, and have the various artworks rotate from neighborhood to neighborhood, park to park.
We aren’t asking for donations, or asking you to write us a check. Rather we are asking that you support Whole Foods Market, who believes that communities can make a difference, too. We both love Louisville, and that is the reason we’re joining forces to bring you this month’s Whole Foods 5% Day of Giving. Bring your holiday shopping list, and we will see you Wednesday at Whole Foods Market on Shelbyville Road
The Louisville Visual Art Association is truly something special. How do I know? I learned it on-site, every day as the Art Education intern this summer. The LVAA is a wonderful organization that fills a void in the community of Louisville. Doing the work of ten people, its dedicated employees work to improve the cultural landscape around them in so many ways. An internship at an organization such as this is invaluable.
Internships always look great on a resume, but they are so much more than that. They are the experiences where you learn whether or not your dream job is really your dream job. You learn how far you can push yourself to complete all your tasks. Lastly, you learn valuable tools, office etiquette, and truly get a feel for the experience of a workplace. While many internships can end up being boring resume-boosters that look great but where no valuable skills were obtained, an internship at the Louisville Visual Art Association is no such experience.
My time at the Louisville Visual Art Association was filled with enriching experiences, learning, and chances to prove myself as a pseudo-employee. Though I have had internships in the past, none bore as much responsibility as this one. I felt like a necessary cog in the machine, not only helping with Education tasks but also being included in staff meetings and organization-wide events. Whether helping children create unique creatures at the library, organizing files, entering mail logs, or hanging art work – it was all worth it, because every task no matter how exciting or mundane paints a picture of what life is like at the Louisville Visual Art Association.
One of the most gratifying experiences was being given the opportunity to curate the CFAC display in the Pegasus Gallery at the Louisville International Airport. This project was what an internship is all about: being included in an organization, being given independent tasks to work on, proving your responsibility, and then being handed amazing opportunities such as this.
My advice for future interns of any organization: internships are not for the faint of heart. With hard work, professionalism, a willingness to learn, and a little patience you can achieve great things and maybe even have a little fun while you’re at it!
This summer marked my breakout onto the scene of arts employment— and not a moment too soon, as I will be rounding out the last summer between my undergrad years in only a week’s time. My brief internship with LVAA was a major step for me, and I can say now with learned confidence that it was one taken in the right direction. I take both pride and pleasure in seeing work through to the end, and here I was given the opportunity to do just that.
It was a new brand of work environment for me, one which doesn’t demand exact shifts of my time but rather sets allotted tasks to be completed and leaves the time management largely to my better judgment. The July 21 Moving Sale was the umbrella project under which most of those tasks could be grouped. From sorting and archiving CFAC work and taking inventory of our storage to contacting the artists whose work we would be including, I had a small part in each step. Moreover, I am grateful that I was able to see that process through to the date of the sale.
I feel strongly that LVAA has a great amount of respect for its interns, and I hope that I was able to reciprocate that during my short time at the Water Tower. The inherent value in having experiences like this one listed, with contacts, on a resume is common knowledge. Yet beyond that, as funny as it sounds, I’ve been equipped with two months’ worth of real know-how. We were present at the staff meetings and found a new appreciation for the day-to-day and division of labor in a non-profit in the arts. And truthfully, I enjoyed the chance to wear my work and represent LVAA at events like BeerWorks and the Moving Sale. Time well spent, if you ask me.
From the booty shakin’ of Bacon Ball to the fine table settings of Dinner(re)Works, LVAA has an event for everyone!
Bacon, bourbon, beer, and did we say BACON? Don’t miss out on the event to end all events, Bacon Ball 2012. Louisville’s top restaurants will tempt your palette in the 3500sf bacon-tastin’ tent. See who will compete with Hammerheads (last year’s champ) for the Bacon King Award. Music and dancing on the terrace with Johnny Berry & the Outliers and DJ Sam Sneed, hands-on art experiences with Uptown Art, and “pig heaven” silent auction. Friday, April 27, 2012. 6-10pm at the Louisville Water Tower. Follow the link for more information and to purchase tickets http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/BaconBall2012.html
Join LVAA on May 20 for the Fourth Annual Buy Local First Fair, a celebration of Louisville’s vast selection of unique, homegrown, agriculture, retail, and arts and cultural offerings. Be part of your local community by buying local! Local vendors, local music,local food and fun.
LVAA, in partnership with the Hite Art Institute Cressman Center for Visual Arts brings you Dinner(re)Works- a five-week exhibition of handmade ceramic dinnerware created by 16 acclaimed artists from throughout North America. On view from Friday, June 1 to Saturday, July 7 at the Cressman Center. Events include a Cocktail Soiree preview reception Thursday, May 31, 6-8pm at the Cressman Center and BeerWorks, Friday, June 29 from 6-9pm at the Cressman Center. Follow the link for more information, http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/dinnerworks2012.html
If you’re not familiar with power2give.org yet- get familiar now! Similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, power2give.org is a website that empowers anyone to donate to a local cultural organization’s specific project. We post projects in need of funding, you bring them to life! It’s easy to donate - simply follow the link here. And the best part is, your donation is matched 100% thanks to Republic Bank, LG&E-KU, Stites & Harbison, and the Kentucky Arts Council!
LVAA has just over 2 weeks left to get these projects fully funded and we can’t do it without YOUR help!
The Louisville Visual Art Association has partnered with PNC Broadway in Louisville for the upcoming production of Blue Man Group playing at The Kentucky Center April 10-15. This partnership brings together Western Middle School students and artist Tara Remington to create a 3-D mural installation at The Kentucky Center as a tribute to Blue Man Group, entitled Project Blue Drum. The project is made possible through LVAA’s OPEN DOORS program, which provides art enrichment experiences to communities with limited access to the visual arts. click here to help! (76% funded)
The Louisville Visual Art Association is in dire need of a digital video camera, digital projector and professional Light Kit! Visual Arts education and exhibits require state-of-the-art tools and LVAA’s equipment is over ten years old, and we have never owned a professional light kit for photographing artwork and for use in Children’s Fine Art Classes. (In fact, we have been borrowing a light kit that belongs to our OPEN DOORS manager!) click here to help! (84% funded)
Food for Thought
LUNCH & LEARN + AFTER DARK
The Food for Thought program brings an insider’s view to visual art to the community. Local artists are invited to present their inspirations and process, and showcase individual work. This popular program offers two monthly events. LUNCH & LEARN takes place on the second Tuesday of each month in the Charlotte Price Gallery, and includes lunch by Cafe Fraiche. AFTER DARK is a pre-purchase ticketed event scheduled monthly at various locations in the community, and during the evening hours. Thus, each month, you have two opportunities to experience intimate discussions with a local artist and local food/beverage partners.
with Joel Pinkerton
Tuesday February 14, 2012 12:00pm
at the Louisville Water Tower
Tickets: $15 members/ $25 non-members
Includes lunch and beverage from Café Fraiche
Reservation deadline: Monday February 13, Noon
502.896.2146 x 100 firstname.lastname@example.org
at Salvo Collective
216 S Shelby St
Limited ticket availability- purchase by contacting Keith Waits
502.896.2146 x 100 or email@example.com
Tickets: $15 members/ $25 non-members
Includes light appetizers and drinks from:
will provide a small gift to attendees
click here for more information about Food for Thought After Dark
- $8000 in artist commissions
- $1750 to three artist award winners
- $11,600 for LVAA educational programs