In short …
WLWC is a diverse group of women who have a desire to see West Louisville prosper. Her members live, work, own businesses, or provide client services in West Louisville. WLWC held her first meeting in January 2014 at West End School in the Chickasaw neighborhood. The group formed a limited liability company in June 2014.
Mission: creating and sustaining artistic, peaceful spaces in West Louisville.
Goal: Addressing issues surrounding vacant and abandoned properties
WLWC Initial Members:
Chenoweth Allen, Art Therapist & Visual Artist
Elmer Lucille Allen, Visual Artist
Robin Bray, Entrepreneur
Beth Henson, Art Therapist & Visual Artist
Gwendolyn Kelly, Visual Artist & Curious Citizen
Ramona Dallum Lindsey, Artist & Educator
Harvetta Ray, Social Worker & Community Organizer
Joyce Wagner, Social Worker & Nurse
Wilma Bethel, Artist Educator*
Ellyn Crutcher, Community Organizer & Trained Labyrinth Facilitator*
Pam Newman, Community Organizer*
Dr. Tyra Oldham, Organizational Development & Sustainability Professional*
*Assisted in writing the successful Lots of Possibility Challenge grant application which resulted in The Peace Labyrinth, our inaugural project.
The Long Version … West Louisville Women’s Collaborative, Inc.
The mission of the West Louisville Women’s Collaborative, Inc. (WLWC) is to create and sustain artistic, peaceful spaces in West Louisville. Eight women founded the West Louisville Women’s Coalition, LLC in 2014 as winners of a Metro Louisville Lots of Possibilities grant to create a Peace Labyrinth. The Peace Labyrinth, lined with over 450 bricks painted with positive messages by members of the community, was installed in September 2014 at 3831 Hale Avenue in the Chickasaw neighborhood in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. The Peace Labyrinth has been the site of programs inviting walking meditation and creative life-affirming art activities.
West Louisville Women’s Collaborative, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 in order to meet national and state-based standards necessary to apply for nonprofit status. West Louisville Women’s Collaborative, Inc. will take over the assets and activities of the West Louisville Women’s Coalition, LLC.
The Peace Labyrinth was the first project of WLWC’s bigger vision to:
Utilize creative modalities to support community wellness
Promote positive community identity
Beautify vacant and abandoned properties
One of the strengths of WLWC is our commitment to generate involvement and support from within the community of West Louisville. The West End of Louisville includes neighborhoods where stress and blight are high due to poverty and systems which are not functioning to benefit all members of society. WLWC, Inc. seeks to challenge these systems by building a membership of women and men who believe that art has the power to transform.
WLWC hosts community conversations and creative arts activities which invite community participation in the design and implementation of our vision to promote the positive identity of Louisville’s West End. Doing so empowers neighborhood residents to take pride and ownership in their community. It also serves as an invitation for social change as community members utilize WLWC’s artistic, peaceful spaces for self-reflection, stress-reduction and positive community interactions.