Portland & Russell Community Murals

Louisville Visual Art, in partnership with New Directions Housing Corporation, will be creating two new murals in Portland and are seeking community input about the theme and design of each mural. All Portland residents and neighbors are welcome to share their ideas by filling out the community mural survey found by below. If someone you know does not have access to the Internet, but would like to participate in this survey, please contact Ehren Reed, Louisville Visual Art Outreach Programs Manager, at (502) 584-8166 or ehren@louisvillevisualart.orgWe look forward to hearing from you!

Russell Community Mural Survey

Portland Mural Survey

Louisville Visual Art (LVA) in partnership with New Directions Housing Corporation (NDHC) has been awarded a $17,500 grant from Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 that will fund four mural projects on NDHC properties. This collaborative effort will fund two murals in the Russell Neighborhood to support the Muhammad Ali Corridor Arts and Cultural District, and two murals in the Portland Neighborhood to contribute to that neighborhood’s growing collection of public art assets.

One mural in each neighborhood will be “community-driven”, where we will go through a community engagement process and invite the community to participate directly in the mural creation. The others will be “artist-driven”, supporting our local arts community, with significant input from neighborhood residents and community stakeholders. The artist selection process will give priority consideration to artists from, residing in, or with strong ties to the Russell and Portland neighborhoods. The project will also support arts programming for NDHC learning centers, bringing the commissioned artists into the learning centers to educate and engage local youth.



1500 & 1600 Muhammad Ali Blvd. (Russell)
Arches adjacent to Roosevelt Apartments (226 North 17th Street) & 1700 Rowan St. (Portland)



Amy Luckett
NDHC Community Engagement Coordinator


For more information, contact:

Ehren Reed                                         
LVA Outreach Programs Manager




Louisville Visual Art has been improving lives through visual art education, community outreach, and artist support since 1909. As a creative hub now established in the Portland neighborhood, LVA is dedicated to encouraging artists through programming such as Children’s Fine Art Classes, Mural Art Program, Artebella, Open Studio Weekend, outreach programs and weekly calls for artists. LVA is shaping the next generation of creative leaders by providing quality instruction to over 5,500 students annually through Children's Fine Art Classes and outreach programs in schools and community centers. LVA aims to engage, inspire, and improve our region through art.  Learn more about LVA: louisvillevisualart.org/about

New Directions Housing Corporation, a nonprofit community development corporation, creates and sustains affordable housing and vital communities in partnership with residents and other stakeholders.  With 1037 rental units and the region’s largest program in support to homeowners of low income through home repair and rehabilitation, New Directions is a member of both NeighborWorks America and Metro United Way. Learn more about NDHC: ndhc.org

Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Cultural Plan:
Arts and culture have the power to transform the region, to help advance a more competitive, economically stronger, more educated, creative and compassionate Greater Louisville. Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 provides a shared vision for the role arts, culture and creativity can play in this stronger future. Over the course of 18 months, this community-based plan was created under the leadership of a cross-sector, 28-person steering committee. Nearly 5,000 people, through public meetings, interviews and surveys, brought their voice to its creation. Their voices are reflected throughout this plan which includes: 5 priorities, 15 strategies, and 56 recommended actions. Learn more about the plan: imaginegreaterlou.org