Kemmons Alley Art Project: Bashford Manor
Team Beargrass Thunder walks through the Kemmons Drive alley and talks about how the local community's efforts are improving the neighborhood and surrounding ecosystem in this video series!
About the Kemmons Alley Art Project
The Kentucky Alley Art Project is an initiative started by Jody Dahmer and Dr. Mariah Corso of Beargrass Thunder. When they moved into their new apartment on Kemmons Street in West Buechel, the condition of the alley was less than ideal. Trash, abandoned vehicles, and used needles littered the pavement, and invasive species had all but eliminated the once green foliage. Vehicle break-ins, drug use, and other illicit activities were making the area unsafe. Through the efforts of Jody and Mariah, the "Kentucky Alley Art Project" began. The abandoned vehicles were towed, trash was picked up, needles were disposed of, and some local art was hung up. Local residents began to take notice and the community started to come together in an effort to maintain and improve the state of the alley.
Donations of drawings, paintings, and other pieces of art began to be displayed. A patio table, chairs, and other outdoor furniture started to appear in the alley. The Wingate by Wyndham hotel at the end of the alley even installed a lighting fixture in an effort to increase visibility and reduce crime, as well as commission a mural along the fence! Local residents started to feel comfortable parking and recreating in the alley, and visitors from the hotel could be seen walking and viewing the growing collection of art installations.
People of all ages continue to donate their art and help keep the alley clean and safe. Invasive foliage has been removed and replaced with plant species native to Kentucky. Native trees donated to the Kentucky Alley Art Project by the Louisville Nature Center have been planted along the sides of the alley, turning what once looked like a desolate wasteland into a place where wildlife and nature is beginning to thrive. A place where the community can come together and feel safe is important to Beargrass Thunder.
Improvements to the alley and the surrounding environment as well as donations of art continue to be made daily and weekly. Check out this article about the Kentucky Alley Art Project and keep up to date with the progress with our "State of the Alley" video series on YouTube. If you have art to donate or would like to help in another way, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roland St. Alley : Shelby Park
Our latest project is the Roland St. Alley, nestled in the Shelby Park neighborhood between Floyd and Preston St.
We are currently working with adjacent business owners to allow for gardens to be installed and artwork painted on adjacent historic buildings.
If we are successful with this 500 ft. alley, this concept could then be scaled to a larger area or neighborhood in Louisville very easily.