ECONOMIC FORUM: Strategies for Revitalizing West Louisville: Arts, Culture and Tourism, Past, Present and Future,

March 7 forum will focus on arts, economy, revitalization in west Louisville

Registration deadline is March 2

A March 7 economic development forum focused on west Louisville will examine the role of the arts and revitalization efforts to boost economic development.

The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences is offering the public economic development forum, “Strategies for Revitalizing West Louisville: Arts, Culture and Tourism, Past, Present and Future,” at 1606 Rowan St. in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood. UofL operates its master of fine arts and other programs at that location.

The program opens with an 8:30 a.m. talk by Fund for the Arts President and CEO Christen Boone and runs until 5:15 p.m.

Advance registration is required by March 2 for the forum, which includes lunch and a noon talk by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. Participants should visit and pay by check; fees are $50 for individuals or $500 for a 10-person table.

Forum sessions will focus on the area’s artistic history; urban revitalization through arts, culture and tourism; investment without displacement; stimulating the economy through the arts; and an “artistry in action” meet-and-greet session with arts organizations offering west Louisville programs. Session panelists include community leaders, organization representatives, artists and UofL professors.

Using historic Portland as a case study, the forum will examine the potential impact of incorporating arts and culture in west Louisville redevelopment. Panelists will address how arts and culture policies and programs increase economic development in states and communities by attracting businesses, creating new jobs, increasing tax revenues and promoting tourism.

Agenda (as of February 8, 2019)

9:00a.m. – 10:15a.m.
From the "Chitlin Circuit to the Harlem of the South":

10:30a.m. - 11:50a.m.
Arts, Culture & Tourism as Economic Catalysts!

Luncheon Speaker: Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor
Luncheon Panel Discussion: Investment without Displacement

2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.
Stimulating the Economy Through the Arts

3:50p.m. – 5:15p.m.
Presenting - Artistry In Action!

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 8:30am to 5:15pm

Portland MFA Studio 1606 Rowan St. Louisville, KY 40203

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Students, Faculty/staff, Alumni, Public


Arts & Sciences



$50 for individual; $500 for table of 10

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Clest Lanier

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