Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 celebrates one year

The community-created plan aims to advance regional priorities via arts and culture by 2020
Fernando Moya, left, and Yani Vozos. (Fund for the Arts)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 22, 2018) — One year after enacting the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan, 14 out of the 15 chief strategies are already under way and 35 of the 56 recommended actions are either complete or have begun – putting the plan well ahead of schedule.

The steering committee hosted a celebration event Tuesday to recap the first year of the plan and celebrate its successes. The plan, which derives from the community’s vision for Greater Louisville’s arts and culture community, aims to advance this vision and transform the community by the year 2020.

“The community is coming together to embrace our world-class arts and cultural assets and leverage them in a major way,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president & CEO. “Together, we are making great strides to ensure our region is more competitive, creative, educational, inclusive and compassionate.”

Though the steering committee maintains governance responsibility of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, Fund for the Arts provides administrative support and acts as the steward of the plan — convening, advocating and promoting the priorities, strategies and actions and ultimately driving collective action and impact of the plan.

The goal of the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 is to improve the community by focusing efforts on five chief priorities: access, cultivation, education, promotion, and equity, diversity and inclusion. Additionally, it outlines 15 strategies and 56 recommended actions for implementing the plan and carrying out the city’s vision. The plan, along with the priorities, strategies and recommended actions, was created by a cross-sector steering committee after soliciting the feedback of nearly 5,000 Louisville citizens, through public meetings, interviews and surveys.

The recap celebration today featured updates from a number of speakers, including Mayor Greg Fischer along with Penny Peavler and Roger Cude, the co-chairs of the steering committee. Performers at the event included Yani Vozos and Fernando Moya of the band Appalatin, the puppeteer group Squallis and Jared Zarantonello with the music collective Rhythm Science Sound.

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