Creative Innovation Zone (CIZ)

IDEAS 40203 The Chamber - A 501(c)(6) Creative Chamber of Commerce

Funding Received: 2014
Louisville, KY
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Louisville, KY was home to the Sheppard Square housing project in its downtown Smoketown neighborhood. In 2011, the Louisville Metro Housing Authority received a federal HOPE VI grant to demolish the housing project and replace it with human-scale, mixed income residential development. In 2015, 220 former Sheppard Square families plus more than 100 new families are scheduled to return to the neighborhood, half of whom will be under the age of 25. There is no formal community center in this neighborhood, so IDEAS + YouthBuild Louisville  proposed establishing a Creative Innovation Zone (CIZ). This would include artist residency projects, where artist/innovators would be charged to work with the community to develop and implement projects around workforce development, including education and makers; public design; and entrepreneurship.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Sep 28, 2016
Rob Tinker has been working with Youthbuild for over 40 years educating, training and teaching life skills. Now that Mr. Rob is ready to retire,... Read More
Sep 28, 2015
IDEAS and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence have partnered to create a new program that would train artists to serve on non-arts related boards of... Read More
Sep 14, 2015
Louisville Slugger manufacturer Hillerich & Bradsby Co. announced on Sept. 14 it’s donating a 2-acre parcel of land in Smoketown to the Community Foundation of... Read More
Below is a summary of a conversation between Susan Delvalle from the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, and Lynn Rippy from YouthBuild...Read more