A&S Partnerships

About the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships at the University of Louisville

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The mission of the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships is to enhance learning and research opportunities for the University of Louisville faculty, staff and students through the programs and resources of its arts and culture partners: in turn, the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships will facilitate access to the university’s intellectual capital and faculty, staff and student energies for the betterment of our partner institutions and the communities we serve.

Who We Are

The center is a project of the College of Arts and Sciences, but it serves all of the University of Louisville. The center serves the university’s metropolitan mission by fostering engagement in the cultural community and by making those institutions part of the vocabulary of resources and places that enriches the lives and learning of everyone in the University of Louisville community.

What We Do

Activities range from an annual symposium on the history of Louisville to workshops for partner institutions. Internships, research projects, engagement with the traditions of diverse cultures, conferences and exhibitions are other center activities. Most activities of the center take place away from the Belknap Campus.


Few communities of its size are as rich in arts and cultural resources as Louisville. One of the distinguishing hallmarks of the University of Louisville is its dedication to its role in improving all aspects of the lives of Kentuckiana’s citizens. The region’s arts, cultural and heritage organizations are key to our area’s quality of life, but are also important resources for learning.

Arts and Culture Community Issues

The center participates in issues of importance to arts and cultural institutions, such as working on Greater Louisville, Inc.’s Cultural Blueprint plan, nonpartisan forums for political candidates and international exchanges and study opportunities.

What do our partners contribute?

Opportunities for University of Louisville students are provided through the extraordinary resources of community arts and cultural organizations. These institutions become part of students’ vocabulary of research and learning opportunities. Partners also provide access to a wide array of recreational opportunities through their exhibitions, concerts, films and programs.

How can a partnership benefit your organization?

Partners have access to the expertise of University of Louisville faculty and staff, and have an opportunity to disseminate information about their programs through university channels. Partners may also benefit from supervised student internships, shared information and training provided by the university and collaboration on issues of common concern to the arts and cultural community.

How do you become a partner?

The center welcomes expressions of interest. Partnership requirements include a staff large enough for effective intern supervision in a learning environment. The Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships is one of many outreach efforts conducted by the university.

What are the long-term goals of the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships?

Louisville needs more well-qualified, highly trained college graduates in its workforce if it is to compete effectively with comparable cities. The center wants to ensure that all of Louisville’s extraordinary cultural resources are utilized in the education of its citizenry. Lifetime commitments to Louisville’s cultural institutions begin for many in their college and university years. In the long run, the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships will play a part in making Louisville more of a learning community and ultimately a more learned community.


Internships with partners have ranged from research on 19th century agricultural economics to a study and exhibition of posters from China’s Cultural Revolution. The center is attempting to create a model internship program to maximize learning impact.

Louisville History Symposia

History and heritage institutions suggested that an annual symposium on the history of Louisville would be an important contribution to their interpretive programs. Beginning in 2009 with an examination of antebellum Louisville, the center has brought scholars from across the country together with local and regional experts to examine the history of Louisville and the Ohio River Valley.

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The center leads workshops for partners on topics such as nonprofit governance, fundraising and oral history, drawing on university expertise.

El Día De Los Muertos

The annual downtown Day of the Dead Celebration takes place the last week of October and first week of November. U of L faculty, staff and students from many departments and programs collaborate with museums, such as the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Frazier International History Museum, the Louisville Science Center, and the Muhammad Ali Center, among others. Faculty, students, museum staff and members of the community erect altars to pay tribute to the deceased according to Hispanic traditions.

Current Partners

Each partnership has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University and is served by an advisory committee. Partnerships are growing, but
now include:

ACP Ali Center imageMuhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center serves as a cultural attraction and international education center inspired by the ideals of its founder, Muhammad Ali. The center emphasizes Ali’s six core values: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and spirituality.

Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

The Printing House is the largest maker of educational products for blind people in the world. Its museum and factory tour explores the power of literacy and learning in the blind community in an interactive setting that appeals to all senses.

Portland Museum

The Portland Museum is an educational resources that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the culture and heritage of Portland, once an independent town below the Falls of the Ohio. The Museum also owns and is restoring the Earick House, a ca. 1811 heavy timber frame residence that is important to Portland’s history.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

The Farnsley-Moremen House is the centerpiece of this 300-acre historic site. Visitors can tour the historic house and grounds, view ongoing archaeological excavations, see the kitchen garden and attend a number of special events throughout the year.

Speed Art Museum

Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum with over 13,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art.

Carnegie Center for Art and History

The Carnegie Center for Art and History is a history museum and contemporary art gallery located in New Albany, IN. It is known for an award-winning exhibit on the Underground Railroad and changing exhibits by local and regional artists.

Crane House, The Asia Institute, Inc.

Crane House, The Asia Institute, Inc. opened in 1987 in the Old Louisville neighborhood. The institute actively promotes cultural understanding among the peoples of the United States and Asia through educational programs, cultural exchanges and exhibitions.

Farmington Historic Plantation

Farmington, the center of a 550-acre hemp plantation, was built for John and Lucy Speed in 1815-16 and opened as a museum in 1959. Through historical reenactments it aspires to provide accurate, sensitive and honest portrayals of life on the plantation.

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Filson Historical Society

The Filson Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and telling the significant stories of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley history and culture. More than 12,000 people visit the society annually to conduct research, attend programs and tour the museum.

The Frazier International History Museum

The Frazier International History Museum provides a journey through more than 1,000 years with changing exhibitions, costumed interpreters, and special events and programs. Its shows chronicle local, national, and historic international events.

Historic Locust Grove

Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark on 55 acres established by William and Lucy Clark Croghan in 1790. It tells the story of George Rogers Clark, early Kentucky history, western expansion and everyday life on the frontier.

Jewish Center of Louisville

The Jewish Community of Louisville’s Jewish Community Center (JCC) is committed to the preservation and enrichment of Jewish and Israeli culture through educational programs, concerts, lectures, films, music, theatre, literature and exhibitions that enhance Jewish life, celebrate diversity, andpromote multicultural dialogue and understanding.

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

The new Kentucky Center for African American Hertitage speaks with the unique voice of the African-American people of our community. The center hosts exhibitions, cultural and educational programs and lectures and promotes research and scholarship.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

KMAC is a nonprofit organization established in 1981 to promote the rich art and craft heritage of Kentucky by exhibitions, education and support of artists through a retail gallery shop.

Louisville Arts Council

The mission of the Arts Council of Louisville is to connect, strengthen and support community arts. Activities include the creation of a comprehensive arts directory for Louisville and structures for support of artists and art activities throughout Louisville.

Louisville Visual Art Association

Since 1909 the Louisville Visual Art Association has engaged artists and audiences through education, community outreach, artist support and exhibitions. Programs nurture creative expression and stimulate dialogue, enhancing contemporary culture and community spirit.

Email: arts-culture@louisville.edu