Every two weeks, LPM offers you the newsletter arts, culture, etc. It is full of artistic and cultural news from the region, gives an update on things to do and see and, each week, introduces you to an artist from the community.
Here is an excerpt from this week’s newsletter:
Events, exhibitions, etc…
the African American Theater Program at U of L presents a pre-recorded event. Speakers include theater artist Sidney Monroe Williams; artist and chemist Elmer Lucille Allen; and the winners of the 2022 MLK Artist Contest. It will stream on Facebook and YouTube.
- Date: January 17 at 9 a.m. More info here.
the Muhammad Ali Center will host screenings of King’s famous 1963 speech “I Have a Dream” all day on a loop. Screenings are free, but due to COVID-19, seating is limited.
- Date: Jan. 17 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info here.
The University of Kentucky and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Host the 2022 Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. at the Central Bank Center in downtown Lexington. Events include the Freedom March and a virtual program with guest speaker, US Senator Raphael Warnock.
- Date: January 17, 10 a.m. and noon. Details here.
Personal exhibition of Shauntrice Martin, Community Connections artist-in-residence at Speed Art Museum, is called “Something in the Water”. Martin’s work in the show celebrates his African and Choctaw heritage.
- Dates: now – February 20. More information here.
“Asia in Motion” opens at Hite Art Institute this week. The exhibition features contemporary artists of Asian descent and is presented in partnership with the Association for Asian Studies 2022 Southeast Conference.
- Dates: January 14 – February 18. Details here.
This bridge theater presents “Ossietzky: A Peace Play” at the Kentucky Center. The show is about Carl Von Ossietzky, a journalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.
- Dates: from January 20 to 30. Ticket info here.
“Still Life! Mourning, Meaning, Reparation” at Museum 21c reflects, mourns and commemorates the past two years of global pandemic and racial justice.
- Dates: now – December 2022. More info here.
In case you missed it…
“Crafting the Vernacular” at the KMAC Museum features contemporary artists using the medium of glass to reflect on their own experiences, culture and upbringing. For Nate Watson, the show is a homecoming.
The Forecastle Music Festival is set to return in 2022. The this year’s program includes hometown rapper Jack Harlow, Tame Impala and Tyler, the Creator.
Roots 101 African American Museum in Louisville has been named one of the best 10 Best New Attractions in USA Today Readers’ Choice 2021. The announcement was made just before the new year, and Roots 101 founder Lamont Collins told WFPL News, “it’s validation…validation that the story is worth telling.”
Louisville Ballet in-person performances canceled this month due to an “alarming increase in COVID-19 infection rates in our community,” according to an email signed by the artistic director. They are moving shows “onto the digital stage”.
Jason Isbell has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has therefore postponed his Louisville shows scheduled for this weekend. WFPK has more details.
The Louisville Free Public Library has a program that provides free wireless internet hotspots to residents during the pandemic. But they may soon run out of hotspots, and there is now a waiting list.
Support for this story was provided in part by the Great Meadows Foundation.