2015 KY Cultural Organizing Learning Exchnage
June 19, 2015
Unitarian Universalist Church
Bowling Green, KY

With a focus on racial inclusion the KY Cultural Organizing Learning Exchange brought together artists, activists, advocates, & educators from across Kentucky in Bowling Green. The Learning Exchange was presented by Arts & Democracy, Kentucky Foundation for Women and Alternate ROOTS. Additional partners included Appalshop, Art of the Rural, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Step up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and Western KY University Folk Studies and Alive Center.


9:30 - 10:00 Registration, coffee, informal networking

10:00 - 10:30 Mapping: Who Is In The Room?  Kathie deNobriga, Arts & Democracy

10:30 - 11:20 Presentation and participatory discussion of Arts & Democracy framework for cultural organizing  amailia deloney, Arts & Democracy

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:45 Stephanie McKee of Junebug Production leads Alternate ROOTS Learning Exchange on Racial Inclusion 

12:45 - 1:30 Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 1:45 Reconvene: song and previews of workshops and case studies

1:45 - 3:15 Workshops (choose one): 

Louisville SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice): workshop on organizing white people to work for racial justice in Kentucky, including regional responses

What is Policy and How Does It Affect Me?  Caron Atlas and Kathie deNobriga of Arts & Democracy, including local examples

Southeast Community College (Cumberland, KY): students and community members present tools and methods for building a community-based theatre performance addressing local concerns 

3:15 - 3:30 break

3:30 - 4:30 Case Studies (choose one) 

KFTC's We Are Kentuckians Annual Event: A Case Study in Racial Inclusion, Jefferson County KFTC Chapter, led by Alicia Hurl 

Lessons Learned from an arts-based youth development organization in Bowling Green, Lauren Cunningham, WKU ALIVE Center 

The Higher Ground Project in Harlan County: how community-based theatre performances can make a difference

4:30 - 5:00 Closing session and take aways 

5:00 - 6:00 Informal networking opportunity