Social and Environmental Stewardship

    Creating an Incubator for Creativity and Problem Solving – As citizens of our various communities we are responsible stewards of both our social and environmental relationships. Accordingly, Kentucky School of Art provides an incubator for students to be awake, aware, and involved in the community and environment they inhabit. This vision has resulted in the creation of problem solvers who desire to be cultural contributors to our city.

    Charged as ambassadors, the students collaborate with the community through their training and creativity to address such issues as environmental stewardship and sustainability, education, homelessness, and more. They will be uniquely equipped to address and help solve a variety of social and environmental issues.

    Addressing Crucial Community Issues – By using their art practice as an agent of social change, our students address issues such as: environmental sustainability, climate change, social justice, compassion, and global responsibility. By connecting their visual art to these global issues, they are prepared to become professionally engaged in solving real problems as artists, designers, entrepreneurs, or scholars. Currently, we offer community art classes that explore these themes and our curriculum will address these and other issues.

    Urban Development

    Transforming Urban Landscapes – From Kansas City to Baltimore, Savannah to Indianapolis, elected officials and business leaders recognize the important role that art schools can play in transforming urban landscapes. Beginning with an influx of highly talented and motivated student/residents who boost the economy to the propagation of galleries, public art installations and specialty programs (lectures, visiting artist, and art classes for children and adults), it has been proven historically that independent and affiliated art schools play a major role in the revitalization of urban spaces as well as in
    the development of new commerce opportunities.

    Developing Local Talent – Rather than farming out jobs that require sophisticated art and design talent, or “flying in” creative expertise from major cities, we can educate artists and designers locally and add this talent to an already arts-rich city.

    Renewing South Broadway – It is precisely this excitement that we envision for Louisville and the South Broadway neighborhood we currently inhabit. We are proud to be taking the lead in the 4th Street corridor expansion that will connect downtown to the airport. By partnering with Vision Louisville and the Mayor, Kentucky School of Art has been a positive catalyst of change for the South Broadway neighborhood and the city of Louisville.

    “When I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart and reflects the pain and sorrow of people’s lives. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community….”

    Lily Yeh


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