Hadley Creatives

Hadley Creatives 

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.

Join One of Our Workshops!

Visual, performing, and literary artists are welcome to the first 2018 Hadley Creatives Application Workshop. Come join us as the Louisville Literary Arts Instructors give strategies for writing compelling responses for any grant application.

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.

Are you ready to apply?


Adult artists who consistently spend 15 or more hours weekly in the following art forms: Dance, Music, Media, Theater & Literary, & Visual Art


Review application questions and learn about required documents.


Learn about the process we will use to select 15 Hadley Creatives.


Selected artists must commit to attending several dates.

Apply Now!


Applications are accepted from June 18, 2018 until 11:59 PM on August 20, 2018

The First Hadley Creatives Class

Our Hadley Creatives Community


PDF listing past participants with name, info. Also, website PDF of Achievements – updated quarterly.

Interested in learning more about Hadley Creatives? Let us know.

Ramona Lindsey
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Program Officer
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