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Public art project series announced in Louisville

Open call for visual artists will be posted on government web page

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — The Fund for the Arts and Louisville Metro Government Public Art are partnering for The Fran Heuttig Public Art Project Series, a five-year series of annually commissioned artwork in public space.

Fran Heuttig was an employee of the Fund for the Arts from 1997 until 2007 and is remembered for her vivacious spirit, dedication to public art and increasing access to the arts for all members of the Greater Louisville community. She passed away in 2013.

“These commissions extend the legacy of Ms. Heuttig and her commitment to changing the lives of Louisvillians through art,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “It also advances the mission and vision of the Fund including community revitalization and investment in otherwise underserved communities.”

The Fran Huettig Public Art Project Series is an opportunity for artists to work with community members as well as the Louisville Metro department of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods’ initiatives including One Love Louisville, a comprehensive strategy to reduce overdoes, suicide and homicide rates; and Zones of Hope, a strategy for transforming a culture of violence into a culture of hope.

“This is an important partnership for engaging and investing in the arts and our communities,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “An investment in the arts is an investment in people and this public art series will be a showcase of that.”

An open call for visual artists will be announced and posted on the Louisville Metro Public Art web page. Artists interested in the opportunity will submit qualifications and examples of previous work. Professional artists who have experience interacting with the community are encouraged to apply.