Latitude is thrilled to announce that our collaborative pop-art piece "Free Fallen" was accepted for the PRHBTN Exhibition 2017. This exhibition is produced in partnership with PRHBTN's seventh annual public art/mural festival. PRHBTN is a celebration of art forms that have been criminalized, marginalized, and underappreciated in the mainstream. The soft opening for the show is October 20 at Loudoun House Galleries, 6-9pm, and it will be up through November 19th. Congratulations to all of our contributing artists!
Institute 193 gives Lexington artist her first hometown exhibit in 14 years!
Latitude Artist Community is so excited for Beverly Baker's most recent accomplishments. In addition to her first home solo show in 14 years, Beverly's show was featured in the Lexington Herald Leader and Brut Force, a NYC art gallery. After the final day of the exhibition in Lexington, Beverly's show traveled to the LAND Gallery, an art studio for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in NYC. Congratulations, Beverly! See the links below for the Herald article and the Land Gallery curatorial statement.
Breaking Stereotypes: Latitude Arts is a small art studio located in the Warehouse District
– tucked away from the busy city lifestyle. Serving all people with an emphasis on those who have an intellectual and developmental disability, Latitude advocates for those needing assistance. However, disability does not mean inability. Often individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are viewed as “different”. Though, people tend to forget that everyone is different, with or without a disability. At Latitude, we embrace our differences by breaking the stereotypes and introducing new perspectives. Breaking Stereotypes is an exhibition encouraging and accepting diversity—embracing one’s unique personalities and one’s way of life. The Parachute Factory and Latitude Artist Community invites the community to advocate, encouraging social equity where it is needed most.
Latitude was thrilled to be part of the 2017 PlayThink Movement and Arts Festival! We were thrilled to have Maddison Parsons, Latitude artist, lead a collaborative painting workshop!
The PlayThink Movement & Arts Festival creates a community around movement, adventure, and mindful living. We provide a unique transformational experience through a range of activities inspired by the natural world in one of the most beautiful locations - a lush Kentucky holler.
PlayThink is a Family Festival offering activities for all ages. A place for friends and families to share discoveries, experiences, and adventure to create memories to last a life time. PlayThink is a celebration of art, sustainability, music, performance, movement, and life itself; full of unique opportunities for exploration, discovery, relaxation and connection.
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Latitude participated in a local art exhibition. The opening night of Tarot: An Exhibition was on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Bread Box, a Lexington art studio.
AN EXHIBITION featuring 78+ KY artists and their interpretation of one of 78 tarot cards. The night consisted of ambient music, tarot readings and great company!
|| ORGANIZERS || Ed Franklin, Jerielle Hanlon, Iya Morgan, Nishaan Sandhu, Mitch Snider. || HOSTS || Ed Franklin, Iya Morgan, Nishaan Sandhu, Sara and Brian Turner. || Volunteers || All of the above, plus SO MUCH from the amazing crew and owners of sQecial Media!
For their 24th anniversary, Latitude was invited to celebrate with Common Grounds Coffee Shop! On October 15, Latitude staff set up a pop-up tent for their Birthday Bash Block Party. The street shut down and local artists and musicians gathered for a day of celebration. Latitude sold art work and met some amazing people! Some of the artists were able to attend! What a blast!
Our artists were featured on Lexington's local new channel, WKYT. After hearing about the unfortunate tragedies in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, LA, our artists created a unique work of art. This piece honored the bravery and heroism of our local heroes, the Lexington Police. Watch the news segment and read the article below!
By Caitlin Centner, WKYT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - They're showing unity through art. Latitude Arts in Lexington gives people with disabilities a creative outlet and many of the artists recently showed their appreciation for Lexington police by coming up with a unique work of art.
"Bailey over here, she's an artist," Kenny Taylor said about one of the instructors at Latitude.
Taylor is acting modest because he's an artist, too. He's been doing artwork for 15 years but recently one of his buddies had an idea, to make something one-of-a-kind.
Lieutenant Jeremy Tuttle described the art, "One person drew the badge. One person drew the whistle. One person drew the K9, which I thought was a poodle but apparently it's a German Shepard."
The idea for the painting stemmed from recent shootings. One of the artists was bothered by the violence.
In a letter to police the artists wrote, "A big thank you for all of your bravery and heroism - a million times thank you for all the obstacles you encounter."
"I know that we're loved here. You know, they really appreciate what we do here because they can do anything they want here, but they choose to honor us with pictures and drawings and paintings and all kinds of art and it's amazing," Officer Kevin Jones said.
Officers say they learned a ton from their new friends, but they'll be sticking to their day jobs.
"I have no artistic skill at all and to see what they were doing is very, very, very nice," Tuttle said.
Lexington police plan to hang the new painting up at the department.
Unlearn Fear + Hate
It is unfortunate that discrimination against individuals with disabilities still exists. Often individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are viewed as “different”. Though people tend to forget that everyone is different, with or without a disability. Inspired by UNLEARN FEAR + HATE’s message, Latitude artist, Maddison Parsons, was honored to participate in this inspiring movement. To Maddison, everyone is beautiful, playful, and vibrant, no matter one’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender or identity. Join the movement. Encourage others to unlearn fear and hate!
UNLEARN FEAR + HATE is an intervention into the life of a city-- encouraging public dialogue and civic engagement. Unlearn Fear + Hate by Lexington-based artists, Kremena Todorova and Kurt Ghode, is a participatory human rights and justice art project.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, please contact Baylee @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Now showing at:
Third Street Stuff and Coffee
257 N. Limestone Lexington, KY 40507
We had a magical poetry workshop with Poets Jude Lally and Jim Lally! An amazing afternoon with thoughtful words and hearts!
A little sampling:
Windows its right here.
It’s the same thing with this
Bongos. Round this me at the
I see the floor the same color
Letter. I like. Who is this me?
And this one here? Same thing?
Same thing? Or not? Yea I
“Portrait of America”
He is by me
What can best
He could use
Look at him
He is a sucker
Two are the same
This is the
Yellow shirt glad
Yeah, year uhuh uhuh, I am glad
I’m sad when the sky falls
Today I am glad
I and the girl
Are the same
Local Poet, Jude Lally, is offering a poetry workshop at Latitude, which is open to the public.
Jude Lally's poetry reflects who he is and where he's from. Raised in central and eastern Kentucky by a single mother who sometimes struggled to make ends meet, he learned how to be independent and self-reliant at an early age. He and his small family moved around quite a bit but never out of region. This taught him the virtue of adaptability, which would also prove very useful in his life.
Jude was diagnosed with Frederich's Ataxia, a rare, degenerative neuromuscular disease, in the summer of 1998. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2006. His first collection of poems, The View from Down Here, was published in early 2010 by Accents Publishing. He currently resides in Lexington, KY.
(pg 67. I'm Fine, but Thanks for Asking- Jude Lally)