Art Means Business Forum


ART Means Business Forum

The ART Means Business Forum is an annual event hosted by LexArts to examine current and future trends in the arts and culture industry from local, regional and national perspectives, and how these trends affect the vitality, livability and economic well-being of Lexington.



ART Means Business Forum - March 27, 2014

LEXARTS, the University of Kentucky Gaines Center and the North Limestone Community Development Corporation present


A Creative Placemaking Symposium

Featuring Anne Gadwa Nicodemus
March 27, 2014


Creative placemaking is an emerging  urban strategy that has gained momentum nationally but its influence can be seen right here in Lexington – North Limestone and the Jefferson/West Sixth Street corridors are prime examples of this phenomenon.  Most recently, the NoLi  CDC was awarded a $425,000 ArtPlace America grant to realize its ambitions of establishing an arts/makers colony.  
To shed light on this national trend and to discuss its implications for Lexington, LexArts and its partners have invited Anne Gadwa Nicodemus – choreographer turned urban planner and author – to visit Lexington and share her insights into this emerging field of community development.  Cities, especially small to mid-size cities, are in a battle to establish themselves as creative centers thereby enhancing their chances of luring creative professionals and entrepreneurs. 
The day will begin at 11:30 AM at Commerce Lexington with a lunch and keynote delivered by Ms. Nicodemus.  At 4:00 PM at the Downtown Arts Center, Ms. Nicodemus will be joined by representatives from NoLi CDC, UK College of Agriculture’s Community Development & Leadership program and Lexington Downtown Development Authority.
For more information, please contact Larissa McLaughlin or call 859.255.2951. PLEASE NOTE:  Seating for the luncheon at Commerce Lexington is limited.  Please confirm your attendance by Friday, March 21st.   The Panel Discussion at 4:00 PM is free and open to the public.
This program is made possible through the generous support of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland LLP.