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.
Are you ready to apply?
1. ELIGIBLE ARTISTS
Adult artists who consistently spend 15 or more hours weekly in the following art forms: Dance, Music, Media, Theater & Literary, & Visual Art
2. APPLICATION INFORMATION
Review application questions and learn about required documents.
3. SELECTION PROCESS
Learn about the process we will use to select 15 Hadley Creatives.
4. MANDATORY DATES
Selected artists must commit to attending several dates.
The First Hadley Creatives Class
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.”
Our Hadley Creatives Community
PDF listing past participants with name, info. Also, website PDF of Achievements – updated quarterly.