I can’t believe it’s been five years. That’s amazing. Someone asked me to participate in a group that was writing a grant for the Mayor’s Lots of Possibilities. I said yes because the other women involved sounded interesting and worth doing something with…and I haven’t gotten thrown out even when I disappeared and came back.
It’s been great fun just getting to know everyone better and doing things at the speed of trust. Reminding ourselves to just calm down, it’s okay. At first we thought we were taking on just one lot…but we have a vision for the whole block. I’m amazed that we have felt able to let WLWC grow slowly, with a commitment to longevity and consistency. It’s been about real relationship building…working through and managing expectations, and today I’m looking forward to the next five years.
Gwendolyn Kelly is a workshop facilitator, visual artist, and curious citizen. She has designed and implemented arts and creativity programming for more than fifteen years at sites including: The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, Louisville Visual Arts Association and Center for Neighborhoods. She has a Master of Arts in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville. Since October 2005 she has hosted a weekly, open-to-the-community, Jewelry Making studio in the California Neighborhood, which is supported by ArtsReach, a program of The Kentucky Center for The Arts. She was named a Louisville Connector by Leadership Louisville. She is currently working on a series of essays about living and eating in a food desert in the west end of Louisville.