ABOUT THE CULTURAL PLAN
The North Limestone Cultural Plan is a planning process that will engage residents of our neighborhood to collect input which will inform an assessment of public space needs, recommendations for public art programming, and strategies, to eliminate access barriers to cultural assets. The plan will also include methods to allow the plan to be continually updated, and neighborhood priorities for cultural and community development.
Once this information is gathered, the Plan will be given several public reviews, and will be published and accessible to the neighborhood through the NoLi CDC website and a printed materials available at community events and buildings. The Plan will also inform NoLi CDC’s work to make us a more democratic entity that is receptive to all of our neighbor’s concerns, desires, and visions.
With this program, we have a unique opportunity to gather information from communities that might be underrepresented in the typical civic process. With this Plan and process, focused at a neighborhood scale, we have the opportunity to dive into issues relating to our community’s past, present, and future. We can address concerns about everything from crime to gentrification.
The North Limestone Cultural Plan is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and University of Kentucky’s Sustainability Challenge Grant Program, and is possible through a partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation.
The purpose of the Cultural Plan is to get a more fine-grained understanding of neighborhood priorities and concerns surrounding public space, public art, and cultural assets than is provided in the Central Sector Small Area Plan. Instead of identifying challenges in a one-mile radius, the Cultural Plan will be able to pinpoint challenges in a much more specific and localized way.
To gather data, the Cultural Plan will rely on story gathering and “radical walking.” The Cultural Plan will host over 50 public walks with community stakeholders of all kinds who will be instructed to use their entire body as a data gathering mechanism. Once these walks are completed, walkers will be given a form with a series of questions (you can find examples here), and then will be asked to share their insights and reflections with the group through drawings, words that reflect their priorities, and other artistic expressions.
Here are some potential questions from the walk:
- In every community there are cultural factors that contribute to the vitality and robustness of the people living there. These factors are cultural and they are assets that make life valuable, that make life worth living. These cultural assets can be material, immaterial, emotional, or even spiritual. They can be 'solid' things, special tracts of the natural environment or the climate, and stories that may be attached to particular peoples and places, that are powerful enough to encourage people to care about and care for their place. During our walk, did you identify any space/place as a cultural asset?
- Did you identify any space/place where you would want to gather with friends or community members? Why would you want to gather there? Do you feel you have access to this space/place? Why or why not?
- Did you feel a sense of comfort and ease walking through the neighborhood? Why or why not? Were there specific locations where you did not?
RON HUSTEDDE, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY DEPT. OF COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Hustedde is an Extension Professor in the Department of Community and Leadership Development with a joint appointment in the Sociology Department. His research focuses on topics including rural economic development, leadership development, and public conflict analysis and resolution. He is the recipient of the 2007 National Award for Excellence in Extension from the National Association of Public Universities and Land Grant Colleges for his “cutting-edge programming in public issues education, conflict resolution and rural entrepreneurship.” His book chapters, peer reviewed articles and other publications are about venture capital markets, leadership, community development theory and practice, community economic analysis, learning communities, and public conflict resolution.
Dr. Hustedde has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has three Master’s degrees in the fields of Community Development, Agricultural and Community Economics and Rural Sociology. His undergraduate degree is in Journalism. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America and in the U.S. Army as a non-commissioned infantry officer.
JAYOUNG KOO, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY DEPT. OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Jayoung has a Bachelors degree in Horticulture from Korea University, a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Seoul National University, a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Yale, and a Doctorate in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Davis. Her position is comprised of teaching and cooperative extension activities, and as such she works extensively with communities along with teaching and how to design and plan effectively for these communities.