Community Foundation of Louisville names 15 artists for inaurgural Hadley Creatives program

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Fifteen Louisville-based artists have been selected to participate in Hadley Creatives, a new program developed and supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville. Through a competitive application process, artists who demonstrated a strong creative vision and a readiness to pursue a career as a working artist were selected. The six-month program will help local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network and dedicate time for reflection and planning.

“From poetry to new media, stop motion animation to printmaking, the 2017 Hadley Creatives represent the best of what Louisville’s arts community has to offer,” said Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “The Community Foundation is honored to be able to support the thought-provoking, high-quality work of these artists.”

2017 Hadley Creatives

2017 Hadley Creatives:

Miranda Becht, Sculpture
Sandra Charles, Oil Painting
Elizabeth Foley, Printmaking
Devin French, Glass
Valerie Fuchs, Digital/Sound
Hanna Drake, Poetry/Spoken Word
Brianna Harlan, Printmaking
Vallorie Henderson, Fiber Art
Autumn Lindsey, Ceramics
Lance Newman II, Poetry/Creative Writing
Elmer Lopez, Sculpture
Cynthia Norton, Performance
Rebecca Norton, Painter
Roy Taylor, Animation
Darrick Wood, Sound/Radio

The Community Foundation of Louisville has worked closely with Creative Capital to build the six-month program. Creative Capital is a New York-based nonprofit that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country by surrounding them with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Creative Capital on Hadley Creatives,” said Anne McKune, Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation of Louisville and staff lead on the program. “Their work is driven by a proven framework of investing in local artists, sharing resources and building community, and those principles align perfectly with our vision for this program.”

Hadley Creatives kicked off on Friday, Nov. 10, with a 2? day artist retreat at 21c. During the Core Weekend, led by a team of trainers and facilitators from Creative Capital, the 15 participating artists attended sessions on strategic and business planning, securing funding and communication for artists.

Hadley Creatives is supported by the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. The Community Foundation designed Hadley Creatives as a way to nurture creative professionals and support a thriving arts economy throughout Louisville.

Mary Alice Hadley (1911-1965) was born into a family of clay tile makers. She exhibited an early interest in art and design and became a widely recognized painter, winning numerous awards and acclaim from New York to Los Angeles.

In the late 1930s, Hadley began melding her artistic talent with her knowledge of clay ware. She made a set of dishes for her houseboat in 1939 and created such a stir among her friends and acquaintances that the idea for a business was born. With the help of her husband George, the Hadley Pottery Co. was formed in 1940.

Many of her original art pieces are on display in the Hadley Pottery factory in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, including several wall murals all hand-painted by Hadley herself. The business prospered, attracting collectors from across the nation and around the world.

For more information about Hadley Creatives, contact Cara Baribeau at the Community Foundation of Louisville, 502-855-6943 or by email at carab@cflouisville.org.

From Community Foundation of Louisville

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