Empowering Louisville’s Creative Sector
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?
Hadley Creatives is a 6-month learning and engagement experience where creatives cultivate a community committed to professional best practices, career planning, expanded peer networks, and personal reflection. Developed in partnership with Creative Capital, a New York-based nonprofit that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country, Hadley Creatives is ideal for local visual, performing and literary artists who are at pivotal points in their careers. Through a competitive application process, 15 artists demonstrating a strong creative vision and a readiness to pursue or extend their careers as working artists are selected.
What are the benefits of participating in a Hadley Creatives cohort?
In the first month, Creative Capital leads the Hadley Creatives in an intensive retreat hosted at 21c Museum Hotel. One workshop outcome is an individualized strategic plan containing long and short term goals. Months two through five provide strategic plan support with workshops led by local experts. In month 3, Creative Capital artists conduct phone mentoring and check-in sessions. Creative Capital leaders return in month six for a follow-up session. Throughout Hadley Creatives are encouraged to meet with current and past cohort participants for peer strategy, reflection, and networking sessions.
Hadley Creatives provides opportunities to connect with cultural leaders. Please click on the link to learn about the Friends of Hadley Creatives.
2019 Class of Hadley Creatives
Reviewed as “a delight to watch”, “mesmerizing” and a “petite powerhouse” who fills the stage, Theresa Bautista is a solo and collaborative dancer, choreographer and educator from Louisville, KY.
Andrew Cenci is a self-taught American photographer based in Louisville, KY whose work is focused on finding beauty in the everyday experience of life through street and portrait photography.
William M. Duffy hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Always having a special talent for drawing, Duffy graduated from the Louisville School of Art with a B.F.A. in painting. Simply not content with two-dimensional art, Duffy taught himself to carve stone and has been refining and working in his craft for more than 30 years.
Morgan Eklund is a poet and arts administrator. Her work has appeared in a number of national journals, and she has received honors from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Sarabande Books.
Erica De La O, MFA, a ballet dancer, somatics researcher, multidisciplinary art collaborator and real estate entrepreneur. Beyond her ballet career she is an active artist making change in underprivileged communities.
ELI KEEL is a bi-polar, queer, non-binary playwright, interested in interdisciplinary theatre, burlesque, meta-theatricality, competitive air guitar, and creative place making. NOTE: Theatre is empathy, and people are made of stories.
Keith McGill is a free-lance theatre teacher and workshop facilitator, an actor, and a stand-up comedian. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville.
Adrienne Miller is both a full-time studio artist and the Exhibition Coordinator at the Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Her studio work has been exhibited across the U.S. and abroad.
Irene Mudd is a Louisville native, and earned her BFA in Painting and Fiber Art from the University of Louisville in 2017. She lives and works in Louisville.
Brandon Ragland is a company dancer and choreographer with the Louisville Ballet. As a choreographer, he has created works for Louisville Ballet and other ballet companies and schools throughout the U.S.
Tatiana Rathke is a visual artist and photographer who creates dream-like, colorful portraits and digital collages. Her work explores the beauty and drama of human beings and the natural world.
Gibbs Rounsavall is a Louisville based abstract geometric painter drawing on influences from his upbringing immersed in the palettes and patterns found in traditional Folk Art to the dynamism of Pop, Op, and Color Field painters.
Erica Rucker is an award-winning professional freelance writer, editor and photographer. When she isn’t writing, she can be found photographing insects in her garden, taking a nap or spending time with her husband, Rob, and their young son.
Sanjay Saverimuttu is a choreographer working to develop the art form of contemporary ballet beyond its European hetero-normative base. He’s in his seventh season as a dancer with Louisville Ballet.
Richard Sullivan is an artist and former professional baseball player with the Atlanta Braves. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he studied at SCAD where he received a BFA in Illustration
Our Hadley Creatives Community
PDF listing past participants
2018 Class of Hadley Creatives
Devin French, Visual Artist
“My beliefs have shifted to realize that I am more of a part of the arts community than I had previously believed, and that I have valid life, business and art experience to share. I now have more hope that I can make a living from my artwork.”
Darrick Wood, New Media Artist
“I barely recognize the person I was when I timidly filled out the Hadley Creatives application six months ago… Now I have the fundamental tools needed to be a successful artist: networking skills, social media practices, self-reflective habits, legal awareness, and a newfound clarity in my process and vision.”
Hannah Drake, Theater & Literary Artist
“One thing that was huge for me was learning about the value of intellectually property. No one owns my art but me and I am my best advocate as an artist. Also, working with Hadley Creatives I am learning that my poetry can also be visual art. I am not just a poet, I am a speaker and at times a visual artist. I can stand up positively and say that.”
Valerie Fuchs, New Media Artist
“Accountability and support from artists is so important to helping me be and feel less isolated.… Meeting each month with my fellow artists has really helped me even when I heard problems different from my own. We all sought to help each other in such a wonderful positive way that I had not experienced before.”
Brianna Harlan, Visual artist
“I went from being unable to call myself an artist with confidence, to gaining the perspective I need to be successful as an artist. I did not know how the industry worked…. couldn’t see art as a realistic path, just as a dream-like thing. Now, I feel like I have so many of the best practices and the community I’ve been missing to make being a practicing artist a realistic option. I am pursuing it wholeheartedly!”
Elmer Lopez, Visual Art
“I have found a new positive perspective in which to look at my developing career as an artist. This program has giving me the resources to better understand how and the importance of planning for long term goals. The support from my fellow artists within the cohort has also given me ambition and motivation to pursue what others have told me to be impossible in the past. I know now it can be achieved; with the help of my peers I will achieve.”