Louisville Creative Center and School Summary:
The Louisville Creative Centre is a grassroots 501(c)3 recognized non-profit dedicated to arts education, production, and advocacy in the Metro Louisville, Jefferson County, and Kentuckiana area. Our service area covers the whole of the Kentuckiana area as it represents a unique blend of both urban and rural cultures not often found in other parts of the United States. Louisville Creative Centre has been an IRS recognized tax except 501(c)3 corporation since the 20th of February 2009.
It is the aim of the Louisville Creative Centre to open first a community arts and education centre. Secondly, we aim to found the Louisville Creative School, which will be an arts infused education model, coupled with a classical languages education model. The Louisville Creative School will start with preschool (ages 3-4), and add no less than one grade level each following year after it is open until the 12th grade. The opening of Louisville Creative School will address the substantial lack of arts education in our community for young children and teens.
Louisville Creative Centre
Mission Statement: We believe that those that have received training in the creative arts have a moral and ethical responsibility to return a portion of that training to the community and other up and coming artists. We provide an organized structure to allow for and support professional artists who wish to teach. We also provide an organized structure for individuals from all aspects of society who wish to work closely with professional artists in a structured and organized educational environment.
- Provide an organized structure for artists and students to teach and learn
- Provide low cost and high quality arts education to our service area
- Reduce the arts drain in our community by providing for local artists to return to or remain in our area after they have attended formal arts education programs
Louisville Creative School
Mission Statement: The mission of the Louisville Creative School is to prepare students artistically and personally to matriculate into the rigors of academia with classically enriched skills, creativity, integrity and a respect for culturally diverse environments.
- Fine Arts Infused Education:
o Young students (ages 3 to 6) experience their world in physical ways, so the many creative arts will be a daily part of the learning environment
o Creative self-expression leads to greater excitement about learning, and development of fine and gross motor skills, in a non-competitive environment.
o The creative arts improves language acquisition because of the narrative nature of children’s art
- Language Arts Infused Education:
o Classical language education improves vocabulary comprehension, cultural understanding, and rational thought
o Learning a second language in childhood is as easy as learning the first language, and greatly increases the ease of third language acquisition
o Foreign language study increases student ability to function in an increasingly multicultural and interconnected world
- Experiential Classical Education:
o Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind, where the early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves.
o Classical education programs include a heavy emphasis on all subject areas of self-expression, including drawing, painting, poetry, literature, history, and the dramatic speaking arts.
o Classical education recognizes the whole child must be developed and taught in accordance with Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, and that the educational methods must adapt to the student
Louisville Creative School Future Feasibility:
While Louisville Creative School will take between 5 and 10 years of development to expand to the high school level, the preference of other private schools in the Louisville area is a clear indication of the success of the model of private education. Each of the schools below has a different set of focuses, and priorities.
With the singular exception of Jefferson County Public Schools, all place a high priority of rigorous academic achievement, and the study of the arts. The public schools by stark contrast, place neither emphasis on rigorous academic achievement, nor the arts. With the passage of Kentucky Senate Bill 1 in the 2009, all Commonwealth requirements for testing in the arts were repealed. The current governing Federal Education legalization is still No Child Left Behind, which has no requirements for arts testing at all. Given these two facts, combined with site-based counsel planning, more and more schools are balancing their budgets by eliminating their arts programs. Also, the emphasis on “basic minimum skills,” has lead to the same elimination of Advance Placement (AP) courses from high school course offerings, in favor of virtual classrooms in which students work at “their own pace,” through computer based teaching software that requires little to no student-teacher interaction. The results of these markedly different approaches are clearly evidenced by the resulting SAT and ACT scores:
3 Year Average Statistics 2005-2008:
|Highlands Latin School||27||1897||$5,250|
|Kentucky Country Day School||26||1842||$16,190|
|Louisville Collegiate School||25||1878||$17,900|
|St. Xavier High School||24||1767||$9,725|
|Christian Academy of Louisville||24||1719||$7,400|
|Assumption High School||24||1738||$9,375|
|Trinity High School||23||1760||$9,735|
National 2008 ACT composite: 21.1 Kentucky 2008 ACT composite: 20.9
National 2008 SAT composite: 1511 Kentucky 2008 SAT composite: 1689
Only 6% of all Kentucky Public School Seniors took the SAT
We at Louisville Creative Centre and Louisville Creative School believe that this trend in the public schools is not only counter to the needs of a diverse and growing economy, but also dangerous in a very real way to the health and safety of our Commonwealth, country, and world. As globalization continues to bring all micro-economies into the larger complex fabric of international markets, the new future generation of business leaders needs not only the flexibility of creative thinking, but also the intellectual ability of factual analyses based on a practical understanding of world history, and world languages. Furthermore, it is our belief that the continued lack of understanding of modern history, international economics, and foreign cultures will continue to allow for radicals around the world the affect policy at our national level.
These worldviews are two of the essential motivations of the Louisville Creative Centre in founding the Louisville Creative School. These views are also essential to the formation of the development plan to combine arts infused learning, with classical language and traditional learning. Traditional schools combine both the arts, and rigorous training of the mind in factual detail, which will provide the mental material necessary for the creative processes to operate.
Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind that is called the Trivium. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. The Trivium is comprised of three subjects: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric, followed by the Quadrivium consisting of Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy (Science). Additionally, in Classical and Medieval education programs drawing, painting, poetry, literature-history, were taught as sub-topics of Rhetoric, Geometry, and Astronomy (Science).
Louisville Creative School Arts Education Models:
Arts Infused Education:
- Early childhood students (ages 3 to 6) will experience their world in physical ways, and the many creative arts will be a daily part of the Louisville Creative School learning environment
- Development of fine and gross motor skills, in a non-competitive environment.
- Creative self-expressions leads to greater excitement about learning
- Improves language acquisition because of the narrative nature of children’s art
Classical Education Model:
- Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind.
o The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the Trivium.
- The Trivium is comprised of three subjects:
o Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.
- The Quadrivium consisted of four subjects:
o Arithmetic, Geometry (Drawing), Music (Arts), and Astronomy (Science).
- Additionally, in Classical and Medieval education programs drawing, painting, poetry, literature-history, were taught as sub-topics of Rhetoric, Geometry, and Astronomy.
Classical Language Education:
- Francis Bacon wrote that ‘The scholar’s first duty is to learn languages, so that he can communicate with all men of wisdom, learning, and commerce.’
- Classical language education improves vocabulary comprehension, cultural understanding, rational thought through the study of grammar.
- Learning a second language in early childhood is as easy as learning the first language, and greatly increases the ease of third language acquisition
- Increases historical and cultural capital through the study of history of Latin, and its impacts on world history
- Classical language education improves vocabulary comprehension, cultural understanding, and rational thought
- Increases student ability to function in a multicultural world
All individuals in the Louisville, Jefferson County area that are interested in non-university creative arts education, and those individuals who wish to have arts programming for children. Many people in the community are increasing alarmed by the virtual extinction of the arts and art history in the public schools.
Also, starting in the second year, all individuals in the 40242 zip code, and surrounding codes (40242, 40223, 40241, 40222, 40207, 40245, 40220, and 40299) that have children that will require preschool and after school care for children ages 3-5. One of the major objectives for the Louisville Creative School pre-school will be to keep tuition at, or under the total reimbursement allowed by 4Cs for a normal academic school year calendar. This will enable Louisville Creative School to open its doors to individuals in our community that are economically disadvantaged, which are also most often our minority populations in Louisville as well. This policy, coupled with the geographical location of the Louisville Creative School between the intersections of Westport Road and the Watterson Expressway and Westport Road and Hurstbourne Parkway will allow for, and encourage substantially more diversification of economic class, and race than is normally found in Louisville area private schools.
We are currently offering general creative writing workshops. The workshops meet every other week 7 PM to 9 PM. These workshops are open to all forms of creative writing; short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, children’s literature, short novella, screen writing, playwriting, dramatic writing, genre work, along with other forms. We plan on offering other evening classes soon. Please contact us for more information. Please use the contact page for pricing details.
Our service areas in Kentucky are Metro Louisville, Jefferson Country, Oldham Country, Shelby County, Spencer County, and Bullitt County.Our service areas in Southern Indiana are Clark County, Floyd County,and Harrison County.
The Louisville Creative Centre is organized to comply with both the tax-exemption requirements of the 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code and the the nonprofit laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. To view the Louisville Creative Centre, Inc. 501(c)3 Compliance Letter click here, and to view our annual fillings with the Kentucky Commonwealth Secretary of State can be found in the Online Business Data Base click here.