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THE CARNEGIE CENTER FOR LITERACY AND LEARNING
WINNER OF THE 2009 METLIFE INNOVATIVE SPACE AWARD
Awarded $10,000 for exceptional art space and programming
Lexington, Kentucky- Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and MetLife Foundation announced the six winners of the nationwide, competitive 2009 MetLife Innovative Space Awards. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning was awarded $10,000 in recognition of itsrobust programming for professional writers and commitment to fostering improved literacy levels in its local community, recognizing the impact that art can have on basic life skills. The awards recognize outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable space for artists, which is an integral part of LINC's Space for Change: Building Communities Through Innovative Art Spaces program. These spaces provide a stable foundation from which artists may pursue their works and shape the neighborhoods they inhabit. The winners were selected from more than 90 organizations in 29 states.
Left vacated for nearly a year after the Lexington Public Library moved locations, the historic Carnegie library building was restored to public use with the idea of the Carnegie Center. Serving as the home of Lexington's Public Library since 1906, the building now continues on as a community learning and arts center. Since its inception, the Carnegie Center has become an established haven for writers, as well as a welcoming place that addresses the needs of Lexington's diverse community. From ESL courses for recent immigrants, to advanced workshops for established writers, the Carnegie Center exhibits a range of offerings for creative individuals at any stage of education. The building is also home to learning and arts organizations, aspiring and professional authors, writing/book discussion groups and the site for other non-Carnegie events, including the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. In addition to offering a gallery and performing arts events, the center's emphasis on writing and promoting books by regional authors has made it the state's literary hub.
"We are pleased to recognize The Carnegie Center for its extraordinary work to create innovative, affordable, and sustainable artist space that positively impacts its community," said Dennis White, president and CEO, MetLife Foundation. "The Carnegie Centerand the other winning programs serve as models for communities interested in creating and benefiting from sustainable art spaces."
"The Carnegie Center exemplifies how the development of affordable living and working spaces for artists can play a powerful role not only in the lives and careers of those artists, but in the communities where these spaces are located. The Carnegie Center is an outstanding example of excellent programming, socially progressive real estate development, and the ability to provide creative and economic sustenance in a community," said Judilee Reed, executive director, LINC.
Four other winning organizations each received a $10,000 award:
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, Pa. provides outstanding levels of service to artists in exile through a residency program with a full range of support services for the personal and professional recovery of artists and their families.
Open Book 2.0 in Minneapolis, Minn. exemplifies collaboration among local non-profits. Three independent organizations, The Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts pooled resources to form a vibrant literary arts center.
Soo Theatre and STARS in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. jumpstarted the economic and cultural revitalization of its area by bringing arts education and programming to the region. Soo Theatre is now a cultural asset that allows the local hospital and university to attract and retain talent.
Watts House Project in Los Angeles, Calif. meshes artists' skills with local needs to improve households, creating a bond between artist and neighbor by integrating sustainable building and landscaping into everyday life.
The Carnegie Center is calling on young women in grades 9-12 to apply to the Young Women Writers Program, a FREE series of intensive workshops focused on self-expression through writing. Applications are due no later than Friday, January 15, 2010. Selection will be limited to 15 participants.
Kelly Flood and Neil Chethik have donated to the Carnegie Center two tickets for the UK-Louisville basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. This will be the first meeting of head coaches John Calipari and Rick Pitino since Calipari took over at UK. The seats are in the Lower Level of Rupp Arena, about a dozen rows from the floor (Section 11, Row J).
The Carnegie Center is auctioning off the seats. All of the money from the auction will go to support the Center's mission to promote literacy and learning for all ages.
We are starting the bidding at $500, and are accepting bid-raises in $100 increments only. If you'd like to make a bid, please call or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 254-4175. All bids will be taken in the order of the time stamp indicated on the e-mails received (or the time of the phone call). The latest bidding will be posted here on the Carnegie Center's blog, www.CarnegieCenterBlog.blogspot.com. Visit the blog or contact the center for the current bid.
Bids will be taken until 5 pm on Monday, Nov. 23. At that point, we will contact the highest bidder, who will have 24 hours to pay for the tickets.
Feel free to send this e-mail to others who may want to bid. The bidders do not need to be connected with the Carnegie Center.
Thank you, good luck, and let the bidding begin!
The Carnegie Center
for Literacy and Learning
251 West Second Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507