On the local scene:
Almost every Latitude artist created artwork which was displayed throughout the year at our permanent space at Third Street Coffee at 257 North Limestone Street in Lexington. When you visit Third Street don't forget to check out our mural!
As most of you know Latitude is an avid fan of community gardens, in fact Latitude is credited with beginning one of Lexington's first community gardens! Since then we have moved to a building where there is no access to a garden area. We have solved that problem by creating portable community gardens on wheels (our current one is known as Mobile Community Garden Unit #3). Additionally Latitude grew tomatoes at Southland Community Garden and everyone who attended Latitude was able to take home fresh tomatoes! This spring Latitude is partnering with the Southland Community Garden and UK to distribute 500 tomato plants to group homes throughout Kentucky! Our long term goal is to try to get just about every group home in the state to have a garden.
Latitude's 2nd Health and Wellness Awareness Presentation Series:
Throughout much of last spring speakers presented a variety of informative workshops related to health, wellness and personal advocacy. All were open to the public and very well attended. We plan to do this again this coming spring- more info about this in the near future
PARK(ing) Day: is a one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks. This year Latitude brought the event to Lexington and other organizations participated as well. We are working with LexArts to make this an even bigger event this year.
Project Easy Access Lexington: (PEAL)
PEAL was very active this year. LFUCG's Commission on People with Disabilities (which PEAL helped found) continues to do very good work, especially around transportation issues. Currently PEAL/Latitude members Belinda Sellers and Bruce Burris serve on it.
An important project for PEAL has been trying to convince the city to create an accessible entrance to our government building. Three years ago PEAL participated in an agreement that was to make the entrance accessible. Recently we have helped to finally get to get this important process underway.
PEAL's Day of the Dead Shrine: commemorated those who have been involved in accidents at the corner of North Broadway and Short Streets. We displayed our shrine on the sidewalk at N. Broadway near the Lexington Opera House on November 3rd.
more on our Day of the Dead Shrine here:
LFUCG (Lexington City Council) Portrait Project:
Currently Latitude artists are in the midst of creating a portrait of every member of our city council. These portraits and related artwork will be installed and on display at Artsplace from March 5- 31st. Here is portrait of Chuck Ellinger
Much thanks to Phillip Jones for lots of help this year