Tuesday July 2, 2013
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Louisville – When you travel the 3200 block of 32nd Street you will see something unique designed to show a new spirit in a neighborhood working for a more positive future.
On Tuesday, Parkland Rising was officially dedicated. It uses an artist’s eye and talent along with a community’s desire and resolve to turn what was once a symbol of abandonment into a work of art.
“I know that our communities can work together to bring about positive change and Parkland Rising is an example of that kind of unity,” said Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1). “This work of art proves that people from different areas can work together to transform vacant properties and create art that provides inspiration to others. With hope and action, real change can be accomplished.”
Parkland Rising was a project undertaken by the Center for Neighborhoods and its P.A.I.N.T. (Producing Art in Neighborhoods Together) Program. Local artist Ramona Dallum Lindsey created the idea of a Phoenix rising from the ashes as a symbol of a neighborhood reborn with new hope. Her canvass, an abandoned, two-story building that had become an eyesore and a site for drug transactions in the area.
“The building is in the same block as the May 17, 2012 shootings that claimed the lives of three people,” said Scott. “And now that building is a beautiful and powerful sign of a new direction in the neighborhood.”
With the help of the Parkland Neighborhood Improvement Association and the Parkland Girls and Boys Club, Parkland Rising began to take shape. Joining in the effort were children from area schools and the congregations of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Elim Baptist Church.
“We also had help from many businesses in Louisville and the people of the Parkland neighborhood,” said Scott.
As artist Lindsey conceived the design, she decided this sculpture would use reusable and recyclable materials to stress the resiliency of the historic Parkland neighborhood.
“As we work to bring our neighborhoods together in order to live in the best Louisville possible, we must move forward block-by-block,” said Scott. “This project is one of many positive outcomes taking shape in the Parkland neighborhood from the new Parkland Community Garden to the Parkland Corridor Improvement Project.”
For more information about efforts in the Parkland area, contact Councilwoman Scott’s office at 574-1101.
Attica Scott (D) 1