Lexington Art League’s Castlewood Downs Public Art initiative receives $20,000 matching grant

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The Lexington Art League kicked off its fundraising campaign to support a new public art initiative entitled, Castlewood Downs. This creative place-making project, presented in partnership with LFUCG Parks and Recreations, will create an interactive green space in one of Lexington’s most culturally and economically diverse communities.

The program will begin in July 2017 with an exhibition of sculptures originating from a national call to artists. It will be juried by the internationally acclaimed sculptor and Lexington native, John Henry.

“Castlewood Downs is the embodiment of LAL’s Art For Everyone programming philosophy. LAL believes strongly that art should be accessible to all, and that this program will take that concept to a new and exciting level. By placing works of art in the heart of one our city’s most utilized parks, we have a unique opportunity to dissolve the boundaries created by the walls of our gallery in an inclusive and welcoming public art space,” said Stephanie Harris, Executive Director, Lexington Art League.

Following the jury process, the selected sculptures will be sited in Castlewood Park for two years, with installation taking place July 24-28, 2017. While this program will be activated through an exhibition for its initial installment, LAL and Parks & Recreation envision that this will be the beginning of a model program for the city of Lexington. By utilizing the infrastructure provided by Lexington’s vast parks system, the goal of this program is that it will evolve into a multi-venue public art program that will have a profound impact on the quality of life for members of the Lexington community.

“Lexington Parks and Recreation are dedicated to making the arts available to all citizens and using our parklands for public art is a great way to make that possible. In addition to the numerous arts programs we provide throughout the year at our different facilities, we are happy to help progress new initiatives with our community partners such as the Lexington Art League. This particular project deepens the partnership between the arts community and Parks & Recreation, while celebrating sculpture in one of Lexington’s oldest community parks,” said Monica Conrad, Director of LFCUG Parks and Recreation.

Donors wishing to contribute to this campaign can find more information on the Lexington Art League’s website at www.lexingtonartleague.org.

The Bluegrass Community Foundation has secured a 2-1 matching grant up to $20,000 in support of this project. For more information, please contact Stephanie Harris, Lexington Art League’s Executive Director at 859-254-7024.

Lexington Art League is a visual arts organization who envisions a world where art, artists and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization and meaning. Their mission is to challenge, educate, and engage their community through visual art and the advancement of local artists.

They present visual art exhibitions at the Loudoun House gallery in Castlewood Park and are deeply invested in supporting their North Lexington neighbors by providing free and inclusive programming opportunities designed to remove barriers of access to visual art for all members of the community.

From Lexington Art League Communications

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