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Undressing Normal – an Unconference on Sexuality

The Latitude Artist Community and the Human Development Institute at UK will host an unconference next week that will focus on sexuality and gender identity within the context of services to persons with disabilities.
As with any unconference, there is no set agenda for the day. Instead, participants will present topics of their own interests and/or areas of expertise. Attendees will then “vote with their feet” by choosing which sessions they would like to attend. The purpose of this unconference is to bring attention to these sensitive issues, in a welcoming and supportive environment.
The unconference organizers have a particular interest […]

Parks & Rec Wants to Hear from YOU!

It’s no secret that our economy is struggling and Lexington is not immune. As a result, many of our city’s services and departments will see a reduction in funding. One that I am personally concerned about is the Division of Parks and Recreation. Our public parks and trails are a vital part of our community and add immeasurable value to our quality of life, at very little cost to each of us. In May, at the Now What, Lexington unconference, I facilitated a session discussing how citizens can get involved in saving our parks. You can read my previous […]

Fundraiser to Benefit ProgressLex

Looking for a way to support your favorite community groups while enjoying a great night out? Look no further… We are so excited to invite you to the Balagula Theatre Company’s season opener – One Flea Spare at Natasha’s Bistro & Bar.  Balagula continues its tradition of partnering with local non-profits and will donate a portion of their ticket sales to ProgressLex for the production Friday, September 2nd. (curtains: 8p; dinner seating: 6-7p)
Playwright Naomi Wallace is originally from Prospect, Kentucky, but currently resides in England. One Flea Spare’s American premiere was in Louisville at the Humana Festival of […]

Saturday: Change for Art at CD Central

The popular “Made You Look” storm drain artist, Blake Snyder Eames, will install her public art meter on August 27 at CD Central on South Limestone, as part of the Change for Art project.
“Iʼm thrilled to be a part of this project! While painting the streets of Lexington last summer, I realized how hungry our community is for public art,” says Eames.  “Our supporters said a lot of the same things to0: ‘art is not in my daily life’ or ‘Iʼve never been to a gallery’ … they had no access.”

Change for Art was an inspiration from the […]

Next Steps & Ideas

More than 150 local advocates braved the cold and gloomy weather Saturday to share ideas and innovative solutions to some of Lexington’s biggest challenges. We shared local coffee, muffins, scones and a delicious lunch as we discussed, debated & ultimately took responsibility for improving Lexington’s future. Approximately 40 sessions were held throughout the day, with topics including public transit, sustainable agriculture, economic development, private funding for the arts & parks and health & wellness activities in Lexington.

Below are a few action items attendees committed to working on in the coming months. If you would like to help out with […]

Now What? Save Our Parks!

Like most of us, I love my local park system. I grew up at Woodland, Shillito, Southland and Jacobson parks. My parents hosted family picnics at Shillito; I rode paddle boats & fished with my grandma at Jacobson; I took swimming lessons at Southland. As an adult, I hike at Raven Run; I run/walk at the Arboretum, Town Branch & Legacy Trails; I played my first round of golf at Meadowbrook; I play tennis at Ecton; I play kickball at Jacobson & Kirklevington; my son played soccer at Masterson, baseball at Shillito & football at Douglass and attends the […]

ProgressLex Wants YOU…

Everyone is so busy these days, right? Work, school, kids, sports, church, exercise, volunteering… the list goes on and on. And despite our best efforts, there is much work still to be done. As an organization that relies solely on the efforts of volunteers, we know that many of you share our passion for Lexington and we would love your input and energy.

We are an optimistic group, with some lofty goals (some might say). After a successful first year, we’re excited to do even more. We invite each of you to bring your talents, knowledge and passions to […]

Adaptive Reuse: Preservation Through Innovation

This is a guest post by Rachel Alexander, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky’s Historic Preservation Graduate Organization and College of Design are hosting their fifth historic preservation symposium on March 31st and April 1st at the Carnegie Center in downtown Lexington. This year’s theme, Adaptive Reuse: Preservation through Innovation, is more relevant than ever as Kentucky cities attempt to rejuvenate downtown districts and grapple with effective strategies to do so.
Are there better solutions to redevelopment than demolition a la Lexington’s CentrePointe or Louisville’s Whiskey Row? Are there more cost-effective solutions? More sustainable solutions?
Professionals […]

Join us!

This is a moment of unusual opportunity in Lexington. We have a new Mayor and an excellent new Council. Now is the time to dream big and figure out how to make those dreams reality!

To that end, we are issuing a call to anyone who wants to help make Lexington the greatest city it can be. We continue to rely on dedicated volunteers and would like to ask for your help in joining our board, serving on a committee, writing posts, fundraising, or organizing events.

Anyone interested in learning more about us or […]

What’s the Emergency?

When I first learned that two emergency homeless shelters will be open 9/22 – 10/10 for the World Equestrian Games (WEG), I got a terrible taste in my mouth. The kind you get when you know – in your heart of hearts – that there is more to this story than meets the eye. As an advocate for social justice and a professional social worker, I certainly understand the plight of the homeless and the myriad of issues that bring them to their dire circumstances. It wasn’t unfathomable that those who generally live and sleep in Phoenix […]