FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2013
Weber Gallery Art Globe featured at the Kentucky Center; part of the city-wide celebration of compassion and Dalai Lama’s Visit
The Kentucky Center has approved a resolution to uphold the city’s Charter for Compassion, signifying commitment to being a compassionate organization, with a focus on tangible outcomes that fulfill the principles of the resolution.
This month, as the city prepares to welcome the Dalai Lama, several special events will be held to celebrate Louisville’s status as a “Compassionate City” and Mayor Greg Fischer’s mission to make the city a friendlier, more caring place to live and visit. The Kentucky Center will be participating in, hosting, and supporting many of these events. Weber Gallery is honored to play a part in this celebration.
“It’s A Striped World,” The Weber Gallery Art Globe, May 14—21
Part of the Weber Gallery’s wider Striped Show exhibition, The Kentucky Center’s South Lobby will be hosting a 6-feet tall revolving globe of the earth from May 13-22. The Earth’s continents and seas are comprised completely of 1,500 colored canvas stripes painted by children, the Louisville Visual Arts Association (LVAA) Open Door classes, and people with disabilities; after which the stripes were shaped and applied to the globe by Tara Remington of LVAA. The collage of stripes showcases the favorite colors, interests and ideas of its creators. One strip features a pair of hands cradling the Earth. Others display a cross, a Star of David, various music notes, a basketball court, a ladybug, suns and smiling faces—all illustrations of what the artists believed make the world a beautiful place.
The Globe will be at the Kentucky Center in conjunction with the Dalai Lama’s visit and a special series from the Festival of Faiths, “Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion,” which will take place May 14-19 at the Galt House Hotel and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Support for The Striped Show exhibition was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Louisville Metro Arts, LVAA Open Doors, Weber Group Inc. and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Other Events at The Kentucky Center
- “One Million Bones,” May 20-21, a version of the Washington, D.C. One Million Bones exhibit. These bones were created by local community members, school children and participants in The Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach program along with artist in residence Aletia Robey as a visible petition against genocide and conflict-related crises.
- Youth Engaging Compassion, A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama at The Kentucky Center, May 21. The Dalai Lama will have a dialogue with student youth from across the Commonwealth at The Kentucky Center. These students were asked to describe what compassion means to them and develop questions for the Dalai Lama. Youth Engaging Compassion (YEC) celebrates acts of compassion so that suffering is eased and pain is lessoned on the journey toward a more compassionate world. www.youthengagingcompassion.org.
- The Tibetan Freedom Concert, May 21. The Tibetan Freedom Concert, at the Brown Theatre on May 21, will feature Kentucky native and popular cellist Ben Sollee alongside other local and Tibetan musicians, including Grammy nominated world music composer and former monk Nawang Khechog. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Drepung Gomang Institute, Louisville’s Tibetan Buddhist Center and the host organization of Engaging Compassion and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Tickets available at www.kentuckycenter.org.
Congressman John Yarmuth
Representing Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2012
Stephen George (202) 731-7197
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that the Louisville-based Council on Developmental Disabilities has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund an innovative new art show next year.
The grant, part of the Challenge America Fast-Track program, will go toward the production of The Striped Show, a group exhibition that will include works created by artists with disabilities. The theme of the show is diversity.
“The arts are a powerful driver of economic activity in Louisville, and they contribute immensely to our cultural growth,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “I am proud to support the efforts of the Council on Development Disabilities, and I will continue working to ensure federal recognition of the arts and their ability to broaden understanding in our community and society.”
The Striped Show will open at the Weber Gallery in April. The gallery is a program of the Council on Developmental Disabilities. Exhibitions are collaborations that showcase professional artists and artists with disabilities. But The Striped Show goes a step further, with artists, artworks, and the audience participating in a coordinated demonstration of diversity.
“With The Striped Show, we hope to demonstrate that art, as a language common to all humanity, has the power to bridge every gap,” said Carol Mueller, Director of the Weber Gallery. “When people of every stripe enjoy this language together, the worlds of art and humanity are elevated. We are honored to receive support from the National Endowment for the Arts that will enable us to accomplish this important project.”
The Challenge America Fast-Track grant program offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, and training programs.
This round of grants awards more than $1.5 million in matching grants to 153 organizations across the country. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts generate, on average, $8 from non-federal sources for each dollar awarded.
There are more than 1,500 arts-related businesses in Louisville. They employ almost 8,000 residents and, along with local nonprofit arts organizations, generate more than $260 million in economic activity in our city every year.