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Mayor Fischer to Help Open Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center

Friday March 11, 2011

The newly-renovated Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, March 12, with arts, fitness and dance classes – and a visit from Mayor Greg Fischer.

“I’m delighted to be able to help celebrate the opening of the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center,” Fischer said. “We’re hoping the residents in the nearby neighborhoods and all of Louisville take advantage of the programming and numerous cultural opportunities Shawnee is offering.”

The grand opening at Shawnee, 607 South 37th Street, will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday. Sign-ups for arts and music classes will take place, as well as a healthy eating workshop conducted by Fresh Stops. In addition, classes on tai chi, pre-school dance, visual art and jewelry making will give visitors a feel for what is offered at the center.

Mayor Fischer is expected to attend the grand opening at 11 a.m.

Portia White Muhammad, manager of Metro Parks’ arts programming, said she sees the center becoming a staple in Louisville’s well-regarded arts community. Muhammad also manages the Metro Arts Center, located on Dixie Highway.

The Shawnee Center, which also includes a dance studio, will be open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday. In developing the programming at Shawnee, White Muhammad said she built partnerships with several notable groups, including the Louisville Visual Art Association, Actors Theater, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and the Shawnee Neighborhood Association.

“It’s my hope that the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center will become an icon in the community by giving residents a diverse range of arts and non-arts programming,” she said. “Through partnerships, community investment and individual efforts, we can create a venue the city will be proud of.”

For a complete listing of classes and events at the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, visit