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LouisvilleKY Synergy Project aims to strengthen relationships between police and community

  Part of Lean Into Louisville, Synergy is designed to unite community to create a strategic plan on public safety   LOUISVILLE, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer, Police Chief Steve Conrad and Louisville Metro Government Chief Equity Officer Kellie Watson have launched the Synergy Project, a community engagement initiative aimed at further strengthening police and community relationships grounded in trust and legitimacy. By bringing together people from all parts of the community – residents, academia, business, youth, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and political leaders – this project creates an opportunity for police and community to work together in a safe, open,…


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Mayor Fischer declares this week Pride Week in LouisvilleKY

Fischer encourages residents to show their colors in support of LGBTQ community LOUISVILLE, KY — Mayor Fischer, Metro Council representatives, Karen Williams, President & CEO of Louisville Tourism, Civitas, the newly-formed Louisville chapter of the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, the Human Relations Commission and Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign, joined together to declare June 10 – 17, 2019 as Pride Week in Louisville. “Louisville is a compassionate city where everyone is welcome,” said the Mayor. “Let’s join together to show support and unity for our LGBTQ family, because no matter where you’re from or who you love, Louisville welcomes…


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LouisvilleKY’s official cocktail to be toasted during Old Fashioned Fortnight

Louisville Celebrates the Old Fashioned LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 31, 2019) – Kicking off on Kentucky’s birthday last Friday, Louisville’s official cocktail – the Old Fashioned – will be celebrated for two straight weeks (a fortnight) with festivities culminating on National Bourbon Day on June 14.   This June marks the fifth anniversary of Mayor Greg Fischer proclaiming the spirited Bourbon drink as the city’s official cocktail. Here are some ways to participate in the Old Fashioned Fortnight celebration:   The Kentucky Bourbon Affair, billed as the “Ultimate Bourbon Fantasy Camp,” takes place June 4-8 at various locations in Louisville and throughout the state. The…


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LouisvilleKY teams up with Papa John’s and community partners to provide summer swimming options

Louisville, KY., – With the help of local partners, a major donation from Papa John’s and a contribution from former University of Louisville and current Atlanta Falcons player Jamon Brown’s foundation, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a plan for summer swimming alternatives for youth and families in the Louisville area. The plan includes 10 community swim events at two YMCA of Greater Louisville locations, structured swims at Central High School’s pool, and daily community swim sessions at The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center – along with transportation options for those who otherwise would have trouble getting to the pools. The four outdoor…


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LouisvilleKY’s Locust Grove celebrates Hamilton and the American Revolution

Afternoon Lecture Series Dr. Richard Bell: The African American Revolution Wednesday, June 5, 1:15 pm Louisville, KY., – We all know that the American Revolution was about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But what did those slogans mean to black people caught up in that war? Historian Richard Bell explains that African Americans actually threw themselves into the war effort with more enthusiasm (and with more at stake) than did many white colonists. Stories like theirs beg us to think about the stakes of the American Revolution from their perspective and to wonder just how revolutionary the American…


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LouisvilleKY Zoo Opens Butterflies n’ Blooms

Louisville, KY.,. – Back by popular demand, the butterflies have made their return to the Louisville Zoo — the Butterflies n’ Blooms exhibit has opened and runs through Sept. 22. This temporary exhibit is free with Zoo admission or membership. Butterflies n’ Blooms is presented by Ford Motor Company and is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  and 2 to 4:30 p.m. weather permitting. Butterflies n’ Blooms is in collaboration with Idlewild Butterfly Farm.   Zoo guests will be able to walk amongst hundreds of native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers in our 1,000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located…


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LouisvilleKY among 57 projects to win National Endowment for the Arts grant funds

LOUISVILLE, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer joined community partners last week for two arts announcements: the awarding of a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the completion of the “Love in the Street” public art installation. “Today, we are excited to celebrate the completion of a public art project, Love in the Street, and a grant award that will support more public art in Louisville through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts. Public art plays an important role in the vibrancy of a city. It is art and artists that encourage us to reflect on and…


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Moms are Free for Mother’s Day at LouisvilleKY’s Zoo

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo will be honoring mothers this Mother’s Day, Sunday May, 12 with free admission. The day is made possible by Ford Motor Company. Teddy Grahams will have giveaways while supplies last. A Teddy Grahams Scavenger Hunt will also be handed out at the admission gate. Teddy Grahams will be located near the maned wolf exhibit. Moms and moms-to-be will want to stop by and visit African elephant Mikki who is also expecting this summer and Kindi’s surrogate gorilla mom Kweli. Details on the day are here: LouisvilleZoo.org/mothersday.


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LouisvilleKY’s Tyler Park to undergo million dollar restoration

Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation break ground on $1.1 million project Louisville, KY., – Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Louisville Parks and Recreation, Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilman Brandon Coan, and Tyler Park Neighborhood Association will kick off construction for the $1.1 million restoration project in Tyler Park on Tuesday, May 7. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on the east side of the bridge, in front of the historic tennis courts at 10am. The conservancy and its donors have funded $842,000 of the project with Louisville Metro Government and TPNA coming up with the rest. “We are all pleased to see the start…


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LouisvilleKY volunteers break new record

Louisville, KY., – With volunteers cleaning neighborhoods, donating bikes to refugees, building beds for local youth and collecting canned goods and personal care items, Mayor Greg Fischer’s eighth annual Give A Day Week of Service made a big impact on the city and amounted to more than 235,000 acts of volunteerism and compassion during the week that ended Saturday, April 20, 2019. That surpassed Louisville’s own 2018 world record of about 205,000 volunteers and acts of compassion. The Mayor, who started Give A Day in 2011 and has since expanded it to eight days that now occur as part of the…