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Applications open for Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 professional development experience for local artists


The Community Foundation of Louisville is accepting applications for Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 (2020), a six-month professional development experience for local performing, literary and visual artists who are at a pivotal point in their careers.

The online application opened July 1 at www.hadleycreatives.org and will remain open until Aug. 5.

Developed in partnership with Creative Capital, a national nonprofit based in New York that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country, Hadley Creatives will help local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network and dedicate time for reflection and planning. Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 will work with Creative Capital facilitators Gibran Rivera (www.gibranrivera.com), Neil Ramsey (www.creativeeconomist.net), and Ela Troyano (www.elatroyano.com).

Through a competitive application process, up to 15 artists who demonstrate potential and readiness to pursue a career as a working artist will be selected for the Hadley Creatives program. Artists can apply in the disciplines of dance, media, music, theater, literary and visual arts. Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 is open to artists who are creating new, original work in their chosen discipline. Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 is seeking to also include artists who are passionate about music and media, including all forms of digital media.

“To date, Hadley Creatives has provided 30 artists with the skills, strategies and networks to believe that artistic success is possible in Louisville,” said Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “Generation 3 will set up more creatives with the tools to thrive in their chosen artistic practice.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering again with the Community Foundation of Louisville on Hadley Creatives, nurturing new generations of artists and working together toward a more interconnected artistic ecosystem,” said Suzy Delvalle, President and Executive Director of Creative Capital. “Providing the resources that allow artists to find stability for their practices in the long term, while remaining in their communities, is vital not only to the artists themselves, but to all of us who learn and benefit from their work.”


A primary goal of the Hadley Creatives is to provide artists, who often work in isolation, with a solid community of artists who share ideas, provide feedback and identify resources to help elevate their status as artists.  At the start of Hadley Creatives: Generation 2 (2019) 40 percent of the participants felt they had this type of support from the artistic community.  By the end of the six-month program, this had increased to 100 percent. 

“We are developing a national, regional and local network of partners who want to work with artists to surround them with the support they need to succeed,” said Ramona Lindsey, Program Officer at the Community Foundation of Louisville and staff lead on the program. “Partners like the Great Meadows Foundation, 21c Museum Hotel, Actors Theater of Louisville and others want Louisville, Kentucky to be known as the place where provocative artists are cultivated.  Louisville has the potential to become a national model for developing, supporting and retaining the creative class.”

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend two information sessions and mini-workshops. Louisville Literary Arts will facilitate writing workshops to guide artists from various disciplines to craft meaningful and compelling responses to application questions. The skills taught in these workshops can be used in any artist’s grant application process and are open to the local visual, performing and literary artist community.

The class is free, but participants are asked to register at www.hadleycreatives.org. Both sessions will be offered from 5:30-8 p.m.

Session 1:
Thursday, July 11

Chef Space
1812 Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, Ky. 40203
(TARC Routes 19 & 21)
Facilitator: Ashlee Clark Thompson (https://bit.ly/2IU6DR3)

Session 2:
Thursday, July 18

Jewish Family and Career Services
2821 Klempner Way
Louisville, Ky. 40205
(TARC Route 23)
Facilitator: Amy M. Miller (https://www.amymmiller.com/)

For more information about Hadley Creatives, contact Ramona Lindsey at the Community Foundation of Louisville at (502) 855-6971 or ramonal@cflouisville.org.

From Community Foundation of Louisville


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