About Latitude Artist Community

Latitude Artist Community serves all people - with an emphasis on those thought by some to have a disability - by creating meaningful, inclusive community interactions which allow participating artists to contribute culturally and politically to the life of their community.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tipping Point: Twelve Years of Latitude Artist Community (Bulletin Board)

Tipping Point: Twelve Years of Latitude Artist Community in Lexington
At University of Kentucky (UK HealthCare)
Curated by Phillip Jones

Bulletin Board
This bulletin board highlights some of Latitude’s programs and accomplishments in a format generally reserved for universities, dorm hallways, churches, and community centers. Over the past few years Bruce Burris, co-founder of Latitude, has maintained several bulletin boards at Latitude filled with press clippings, awards, artworks, and other documents that reflect the various accomplishments or general organizational on-goings. Please take a moment to look (but not touch) the various documents on the board and learn more about Latitude’s rich history of programming and accomplishment.

Some things to look for:
One of Latitude’s most significant advocacy accomplishments was the creation of Project Easy Access Lexington, an advocacy organization which focuses its efforts on accessibility education forums, rallies and related events including the annual “Citizen Advocate of the Year Award”. Most significantly (PEAL) initiated the formation of Lexington Fayette Urban County Government’s Mayor’s Commission for Citizens with Disabilities.

PEAL was created by former Latitude artist Belinda Sellers to bring attention to the inconsistencies and general disregard for the lack of access to the public infrastructure of downtown Lexington. In this capacity PEAL has organized public rallies, sponsored awareness events, given awards and recognition, taken nearly 1000 people on our “In Accessibility” Tours and most importantly created The Mayor’s Commission for Citizen’s with Disabilities.

Latitude Artist Community has also organized various programs, exhibitions and events with numerous local partners like Third St. Stuff Coffee, Institute 193, the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, ELandF Projects and a long list of individual artists, musicians and writers. Latitude has received numerous awards and accolades but most significantly, perhaps, was its receipt of the 2012 Kentucky Arts Council Governor's Awards in the Arts.