628x471In addition to the many concerts, films presentations, talks, and other events that are part of the Live at the Clifton Center series, the Clifton Center is working to build an outreach program that provides opportunities for children and adults alike to have deeper interactions with the art and the artists who are part of the series.

The centerpiece of this effort is the Louisville Heritage Project, a program designed to help Louisville’s residents gain a greater understanding of their own cultural traditions and explore rich cultural traditions from around the world with which they may not be familiar.

In its early stages, the Louisville Heritage Project’s outreach efforts have focused on the Center’s partnership with Field Elementary School. Since the program’s inception in 2012, the school has welcomed musicians from Africa, Ireland, Brazil, and from throughout the U.S. to perform for Field students and to discuss their music and their cultures with the children. The partnership and friendship continues to grow as the Center’s friends at Field – from the students to the teachers and administrators – have embraced the program enthusiastically and in a spirit of collaboration.

See a video of Trio Brasileiro’s visit to Field Elementary School in 2013.

The Center is now developing partnerships with other institutions, including several other schools in Jefferson County, as well as non-profit organizations like Kentucky Refugee Ministries, with whom a multifaceted project is now being planned. The project is connected with the visit of the Iraqi musician Rahim AlHaj, who will appear at the Clifton Center as part of the 2014-2015 Live at the Clifton Center series.

For more information about the Center’s outreach programs and activities, please contact Julie Purcell at jpurcell@cliftoncenter.org.

The Clifton Center would like to offer thanks to its many friends who have helped make the Louisville Heritage Project possible, including Mini of Louisville, the Brown-Forman Corporation, DD Williamson Company, Republic Bank, the Kentucky Arts Council, its many corporate and foundation sponsors, and the Friends of the Clifton Center.

The Center would like to offer special thanks to the program’s primary sponsor, Louisville Metro Government, who supports the program through a Metro External Agency Grant, and to Kay Rountree, who created the video of Trio Brasileiro’s visit to Field Elementary. The Center is extremely grateful for their support.