Generation 3 (2020)
Louisville embraces the arts for entertainment, enrichment, and enlightenment. The arts are an essential component of a thriving community. But how often do we consider the creatives behind the art we enjoy? Are we supporting working artists so the term “struggling” is no longer associated with “artists”? At CFL we believe it’s our responsibility as a community of individuals and institutions to enable art through enabling working artists. Our signature program, Hadley Creatives, is empowering Louisville’s creative sector through a comprehensive 6-month professional development program. Through our 5-year commitment, we intend to cultivate a supportive community of diverse, multi-disciplinary creatives committed to professional best practices, career planning, and advocacy. We want all creatives to know that Louisville is truly a community where artists thrive.
The Hadley Creatives is funded by the George & Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville.
15 Artists. 6 Months. We are investing. Are you ready?
What is Hadley Creatives?
Developed in partnership with Creative Capital, a New York-based nonprofit that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country, Hadley Creatives is a 6-month learning and engagement experience for local visual, literary, and performing artists at a pivotal point in their careers. Through a competitive application process, fifteen artists demonstrating a strong creative vision and a readiness to pursue or extend their careers as working artists are selected. Throughout the six-month program the cohort cultivates a community committed to professional best practices, career planning, expanded peer networks, and personal reflection.
What can I expect from participating in a Hadley Creatives cohort?
Participants can expect opportunities to develop local, regional, and national networks of artists to reach their creative goals while cultivating thriving careers. Creative Capital will provide a framework and space for authentic, transformational connections amongst participating artists.
Creative Capital facilitators will engage with Hadley Creatives participants through a two-day retreat, two intersessions, phone consultations, and a one-day retreat. In addition, four monthly intersessions provide participants opportunities to learn from local cultural leaders and professional experts. Throughout the program participants are encouraged to meet with current and past Hadley Creatives for peer consulting, reflection, and networking sessions.
Friends of Hadley Creatives include 21C Museum, Great Meadows Foundation, KMAC Museum, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Speed Museum, Louisville Visual Art, Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Seiller Waterman, LLC. We expect this list to grow in 2020 to include deeper engagement from the performing and literary arts.
Brandon Ragland, Choreographer/Dancer
“Hadley Creatives have given me so much guidance and confidence to continue to pursue my art form. It has also provided me a wonderful family of other artists that serve as a network and support system and I am forever grateful for that.”
Theresa Bautista, Choreographer/Dancer
“I have always been protective about my work regarding intellectual property. I have new insights about what it takes to protect my work, but also understand to create awareness about my work, I need to be strategic about how I share it to promote myself, especially on my website and on the internet.”
Gibbs Rounsavall, Visual Artist
“Prior to Hadley Creatives I had zero ideas on how to structure my art practice in terms of business strategies. I think that is the biggest benefit that I am taking from this HC experience.”
Tatiana Rathke, Visual Art
“It was really good to just have time together with other working artists and to hear how many of us struggle with similar fears and doubts. By processing these things together, I feel like I can handle these negative thoughts much better and I know that I have a group of at least 15 people who will support me. I also see my own talent better now that I know how to talk about it and have a bigger language to describe what I do and who I am.”
Keith McGill, Playwright
“The people I met in this group have definitely helped me look at myself as an artist. The trust I built with this group really helped me to have a cadre who will advise me and be my sounding board. Anyone who gets the opportunity to participate in this group will have their artistic life completely changed.”
Our Hadley Creatives Community
PDF listing past participants