The Speed Art Museum Continues Community Presence With “Wall Together” (Press Release)

THE SPEED ART MUSEUM CONTINUES COMMUNITY PRESENCE WITH “WALL TOGETHER” (Press Release)

The Speed Art Museum 

2035 South Third Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40208-1803 

(502) 634-2700 Fax (502) 636-2899

www.speedmuseum.org

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Steven Bowling, The Speed Art Museum 

(502) 634-2702 Office, (502) 386-5235 Cell

sbowling@speedmuseum.org

The Speed Art Museum continues community presence with “Wall Together” 

LOUISVILLE, KY (August 1, 2014)– Local Speed, the Speed Art Museum’s satellite space during the museum’s expansion, is partnering with local nonprofits to serve as a platform for Louisville youth to display their art. 

Local Speed’s “Wall Together” project was developed in late 2013 and has since hosted two exhibitions in conjunction with local non-profit organizations. This project was created with the goals of connecting the Speed Art Museum to other local non-profits and establishing a collaborative community where young artists can share their unique perspectives through visual arts. 

The third installment in the “Wall Together” project was created in partnership with the Little Loomhouse and the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, and is entitled, Working Hands: A Modern Generation Explores the Ancient Craft of Textiles. 

The creation of Working Hands gave youth from the Cabbage Patch Settlement House the opportunity to take classes facilitated by the Little Loomhouse. Participants learned about and created textile arts in the Navajo, Ojibwe and Kentucky quilt and coverlet traditions. Through the artistic medium of textile craft, the artists were able to connect with an often-overlooked artistic tradition that transcends time, language and culture—a tradition that weaves together a diverse range of people throughout history. 

Working Hands: A Modern Generation Explores the Ancient Craft of Textiles, will be on display at Local Speed from August 1 – October 25. Local Speed will host an opening reception for this exhibition that is free and open to the public on Saturday, August 2nd, 1–3 p.m. 

The first two “Wall Together” exhibits were created in collaboration with Americana Community Center and Spot5 Art Center. Students from Americana Community Center created the first exhibition, The Nelson Mandela Project. This project featured creative works of art that were painted in the traditional African Kente Cloth style and then emblazoned with the image of the late Nelson Mandela. 

Presentation of The Neighborhoods of Louisville, marked the second “Wall Together” exhibition and featured art created by students of Spot5 Art Center. These pieces represented a random selection of some of our city’s 60 neighborhoods and highlighted unique aspects of the Louisville culture and community.

Organizations that wish to participate in “Wall Together” can submit a proposal for a series of art classes undertaken through their organization during which students will produce a body of finished artwork created specifically for this collaboration. Selected organizations will then have their artwork displayed at the Local Speed for the duration of the exhibition cycle for which they applied. For more information on how to apply, organizations can visit SpeedMuseum.org/WallTogether.

About the Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed continues to play an important role in outreach initiatives, workshops, tours and art-related school programs. The Museum is situated at a crossroads between the city and the University of Louisville, adjacent to the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare on the University’s campus. The Speed is currently closed and undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North and South Building, 150 seat theater, Art Park and a public Piazza. Local Speed – the Museum’s temporary home – was established in downtown Louisville’s trendy Nulu district at 822 East Market Street last summer. Local Speed has 6,000 sq. ft. of special exhibition and programming space as well as administrative offices for museum staff.

To view a virtual tour or for more information visit www.speedmuseum.org.

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