Education and Outreach

Louisville Public Art forms public and private partnerships with a variety of organizations in accordance with Mayor Fischer's strategic plan.  Some examples include:

Creative Innovation Zone
In June of 2014, IDEAS 40203 announced a $250,000 award to fund the Creative Innovation Zone, through an ArtPlace America grant. In partnership with YouthBuild Louisville, IDEAS 40203's Creative Innovation Zone is an artist residency program focused on community, literacy, environmental design, and entrepreneurship in the Smoketown neighborhood. Within the historic Smoketown neighborhood, artists-in-residence immersed in community life will lead projects that build concepts and framework for sustainable economic development and workforce training. This project is supported by Develop Louisville and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

Read more about the Creative Innovation Zone

The Accelerator
In July of 2014, IDEAS 40203 announced another prestigious award of $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, in support of The Accelerator. The Accelerator is a program of artist residencies in corporate environments in Louisville, demonstrating creative community development. The project is designed to make Louisville businesses more dynamic and profitable, and provides a model for artist immersion in the corporate setting.

Read more about The Accelerator

IDEAS 40203
IDEAS 40203 (International Dialogue and Engagement Art Space + Zip Code) is a fully functioning 501(c)(6) contemporary art chamber of commerce – an artist-led, entrepreneur focused, member association promoting new forms of economic development and positive social change. IDEAS 40203 is redefining what a chamber of commerce can be and do in the 21st century by focusing on creativity as the fuel of innovation, and people as Louisville’s greatest assets.

Learn more about IDEAS 40203 

Jefferson Forest

Jefferson Memorial Forest. © Sarah Lyon, 2009.


The Gracehoper, Tony Smith