LAL has specific needs associated with accomplishing our strategic and operational plan. We continually recruit community leaders from diverse sectors who understand the important roles artists play in creating a livable community to be on our board and volunteer cabinets.
We are interested in hearing peoples’ ideas about the role of LAL and contemporary art and artists in shaping the future of Lexington and our region. We welcome diverse perspectives about the role of art in society.
We need people to be positive ambassadors for LAL and to “spread the word” about our many accomplishments and plans for the future and involvement with us.
We need people to attend our exhibitions and events and bring others. If you are inspired, please become a member and donor.
We need people to make personally meaningful financial contributions to our annual fund to support our expanded programming that provides free community programs to thousands each year as well as LAL's international artist residency program. The majority of our costs are covered by contributions. Investment in LAL is an investment in art, artists and art-making that enriches our community.
In order to realize our new strategic plan, LAL is working immediately to:
Intensify our commitment to contemporary art and artists by making all of our activities “art-centric.” We are investing the majority of our resources into bringing nationally relevant art to Lexington as well as uplifting, encouraging and promoting our excellent local artists. To do this, we must re-imagine Loudoun House as a dedicated artist’s haven, a place where professional artists have the freedom and resources to create great contemporary art.
Expand LAL operations beyond Loudoun House to a venue or venues in downtown Lexington to make contemporary art and artists accessible to as many different kinds of people and groups as possible. This includes creating an “art space” where contemporary art is revealed and celebrated as well as a business “consultancy” where our region’s business leaders can integrate “whole brain” creative concepts into personal and professional transformation.
Clarify LAL’s ”brand” by clearly articulating the many ways LAL, its art and artists contribute to our region’s quality of life and prosperity.
Unfolding our new vision will take time and fortitude. We know that we are up to the challenge because of our illustrious history – we were born out of the creative energy of activist artists – and the willingness and support of our legion of supporters, volunteers and our dedicated professional staff.
Our new strategic plan will take hold in very real ways. We will evaluate the kinds of art and artists with whom we engage, weigh viable alternatives for re-tasking Loudoun House, begin cementing scenarios for our expansion downtown, examine the efficacy of our programs and their relevance for our many audiences. We are not satisfied with the status quo. We will push the edge, take risks, prod and probe for meaning and insight in everything we do and the ways we engage others. That is the way of contemporary art and our way, too.
At the end of November 2012, LAL’s board
of directors voted to approve the results of a three-month process of updating
LAL’s strategic plan, creating a concise and exciting vision for our
organization’s next three years. The new plan builds upon momentum created by
LAL’s first five decades and launches an explosively dynamic role for LAL in
setting the standard for how contemporary art is encountered and integrated
into our lives here in Central Kentucky.
Executing this plan places LAL at the center of the burgeoning
economic and creative boom that is transforming Lexington and the region into
one of the most interesting and desirable places to live in our nation. At its
very core, our mission is to inject contemporary art into community
conversations, a role we have been playing for more than 50 years.
Teen Class program is an opportunity for under-served high school students to participate, free of charge, in a fifteen-hour course instructed by a professional artist. Since its inception in 2008 (formerly titled Master Class), the program has engaged over one hundred students from 17 different schools in counties across the state. Students learn about life as a professional working artist and the instructor assists them in the development of their own artistic careers. After leading the students through a series of creative exercises and providing them with feedback on their work, the instructors lead the participants to complete their final project. Students increase their ability to create independently and collaboratively, gain confidence to enter into a visual art career, develop a working knowledge of a particular medium, create a piece for a professional portfolio, and expand their network. LAL hosts a series of Teen Classes throughout the year, and each program is contextual, corresponding with the exhibition cycle.
Voted a Top 10 Event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Woodland Art Fair is Central Kentucky’s largest and most popular outdoor cultural event with approximately 60,000 attendees over two days. In 2009-2010, the Fair was voted #36 of 900 nominated Fine Art and Design Fairs in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Also, through a survey conducted by LFUCG Division of Parks and Recreation of 10,000 Fayette County households, the Fair was rated the most popular activity presented through the LFUCG Division of Parks and Recreation. 200 artists from on both the local and national level are selected to participate in the Fair through a very competitive jury process. The Fair is a must-do event for families and includes free live entertainment, free hands-on art activities for young people, free interactive demonstrations and great Kentucky food.
LAL’s Artist Residency Program emphasizes flexibility, tailoring residencies on a project-by-project, artist-by-artist basis, with the creative and material needs of the artist serving as the central focus. Depending on the scope of the proposed project, artists work in residence from a few days to several weeks or months. Student artist interns from neighboring universities are often assigned to assist resident artists if extra support is needed.
Artists in residence work at the Loudoun House, an historic Gothic villa with over 5000 square feet of gallery space and a second floor suite of artist studios. If LAL does not have the facilities or equipment needed to create a particular artwork, it finds the resources in the community and establishes meaningful partnerships in order to connect artists with needed resources.
LAL hosted Canadian light-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett for nearly two months in early 2014. Brown and Garrett had previously garnered international success due to their CLOUD project, an interactive sculpture made of incandescent light bulbs in the shape of a cloud. They had already re-created CLOUD a couple of times when LAL approached them about making an interactive, light-based sculpture for the city of Lexington. Rather than recreating their previous works, LAL encouraged Brown and Garrett to create a new design, giving them artistic freedom to continue to grow and experiment in their field.
However, LAL does not have a metalworking facility and Brown and Garrett frequently work with steel. LAL reached out to the welding program at nearby Bluegrass Community and Technical College, who graciously offered free use of their welding shop as well as assistance from welding students and faculty, who saw the project as a learning opportunity.
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