Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Home

The Carnegie Center's blog has moved!

Find us at our new blog home on Wordpress.

Check it out here!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Young Women Writers Project

The Carnegie Center is very pleased to announce the young ladies selected for the 2009-10 Young Women Writers Project.

Kayla Biddle
Egan Colbert
Olivia Corbin
Kayla Craig
Katherine Depenbrock
Jessica Fortenberry
Claire Johnson
Julia K. Mead
Julie Niklas
Camille Palladino
Daylyn Randolph
Jamie Ritchie
Nikki Roop
Sydney Slade


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Carnegie Center Receives National Recognition

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 grand prize winning organization, The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA), received $50,000 in recognition of its development of the Curley School, an exceptional, community-engaged artist space anchoring an arts-based revitalization movement in the border town of Ajo, Ariz. and neighboring Tohono O'odham Nation and Sonora, Mexico.

"Artist spaces should be fundamental to well-planned communities. We hope a broader set of stakeholders, including policymakers, planners and other civic leaders, will embrace arts and culture as significant components of effective development strategies," said Susan Silberberg-Robinson, associate project director, MetLife Innovative Space Awards and lecturer in Urban Design and Planning, MIT.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Parlez-vous francais?

Don't miss your last chance to sign up for a TRUE beginners French course.

It will be meeting on Mondays from 10:30-noon, beginning January 25th.

Call today for more details (859.254.4175)!


Monday, January 11, 2010

One Community...One Dream

Off work or school next Monday? Join us for our annual MLK celebration and day of service.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Community Celebration
Monday, January 18
12:30-3:00 pm

After the downtown MLK march or your other morning activities, head to the
Carnegie Center to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for lunch
and a series of interactive family workshops including art, music, dance, a group
service project, and a showing of Dr. King’s inspirational speeches. This event is FREE
and open to the public. No registration necessary.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Carnegie Center is Open

The Carnegie Center will be open today for regular hours (9-5 pm). There is no tutoring today due the closing of Fayette County Public Schools.

As always, stay tuned for additional information.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Carnegie Center is Open

We are currently open and enjoying the view of our snowy Gratz Park backyard. Stay tuned for updates on closings. We will be closing at 5 pm.

No tutoring today, since Fayette County schools are closed.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Family Fun Night

Make your voice heard! Do you have thoughts or suggestions for future youth and family programs at the Carnegie Center. Share your ideas for Family Fun and Learning Nights while your children have fun, too! (recommended for families with children ages 3-12)

Family Fun and Learning Night
Planning Night

Tuesday, January 12
5:30-7:30 pm

FREE event, dinner will be served
For more information or to pre-register, call 859.254.4175.


The January FFLN made possible by the generous support of

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Carnegie Center Class

Check out this new writing class offered for Winter 2010!
Feeling as a Foreign Language:
Finding Your Poetic Voice
with Emma Bolden

January 30-March 6
10:30 am-noon
COST: only $60

Want to find, flex, and strengthen your voice as a writer? This workshop is
designed to help you do so. Through a series of discussions, exercises, and
prompts, we’ll explore the ways in which one can make a poem, delving into
different aspects of form and content so that you can find the best notes for
your own voice as a poet. Bring a blank notebook and a sense of adventure.

Register now by calling for emailing! (859.254.4175 or


Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year

The Carnegie Center is back up and running today. It has been great to talk to so many of you on the phone. While we all enjoyed a nice holiday break, we miss our patrons!

Reminder that classes begin next week. Want to learn french? Attend a Writer's retreat? Come to Family Fun and Learning Night? Call today to get registered (859.254.4175).

A complete list of classes can be found here.

Happy 2010!
Hope to see you soon!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Building Hours

We will close Wednesday, December 23rd at 5 pm.

The building will reopen to the public on Monday, January 4th.

The Carnegie Center staff wishes you all a very happy holiday!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Application Deadline Extended: January 15

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.

Those admitted to the program will receive full scholarships covering all instruction and materials as well as lunch at each session. Five sessions, held on consecutive Saturdays during
KFWJanuary and February 2010, will incorporate creative writing exercises in flash fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry and young adult fiction. The selected participants will gather for five 4-hour workshops taught by experienced writers with expertise in a variety of fields and genres. Download the application by clicking here.

The Young Women Writers Workshop is offered by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and is funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Calling All Instructors

Call for Enthusiastic
& Experienced Instructors!

Here’s your chance to lead & inspire
middle school students as they explore the world…

Potential camp topics include:
Movie Making/Screenwriting • Sports Medicine/Nutrition • Technology
Performance Poetry • Experiential Creative Writing • Science Writing
Song Writing • Architecture & Design • Photography • Art Creation & Critique
Law & Justice • Travel Writing • Film Critique • Community Gardening
Computer Programming • Graphic Novel/Comic Creation • Graphic Design

2010 Camp Slots:
July 12-16 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00-5:00pm
July 19-23 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00-5:00pm
July 26-30 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00-5:00pm
  • Each instructor teaches a one-week, half-day session
  • Camp topics and activities geared towards rising 6th - 8th grade students. Campers should have fun while being exposed to potential careers. Day trips encouraged!
  • Competitive stipend: $25 per hour of instruction time
  • Experience instructing middle school students required
  • Topics listed above are suggestions – feel free to propose your own ideas!
Application deadline Friday, January 29, 2010!
Submit email resume & paragraph describing your camp topic to:
Laura Whitaker, Program Specialist (859) 254-4175
251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY, 40507

Monday, December 7, 2009

Young Women Writers Project

Calling all 9-12th grade young women!

It's the final week for applications to the Young Women Writers Project.

More information here.

Download your application here.

All applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, December 11. The Carnegie Center will be open from 9-5 pm that day.

Please let us know if you need further information. You can send me an email at

Here's a photo of last year's wonderful ladies. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Celebrate Culture Night

November's Family Fun and Learning Night theme was Celebrate Culture Night---one of our most popular of the year. This year was no exception with 80 in attendance. Students received a passport and could "travel" station to station doing crafts and activities from around the globe. Families were also treated to an international food tasting. Here are a few photos from the event:

Stay tuned for information about future Family Fun and Learning Nights!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter Classes

The Carnegie Center Winter 2010 class schedule is now available online! Check it out here.

Schedules should be arriving in mailboxes next week.

We can't wait for you to see some of the exciting offerings this season. Here are a few new class highlights:

Divining the Self through Words and Movement

Mondays, February 1-March 15 (no class February 15)
5:30-6:30 pm
Lori-Lyn Hurley

This workshop incorporates basic yoga postures and stretching with journaling prompts designed to help us achieve clarity around issues of self- image and the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. Through movement, we achieve body awareness that allows us to delve deeper into self awareness.

Feeling as a Foreign Language: Finding Your Poetic Voice
Saturdays, January 30-March 6
10:30 am-noon
Emma Bolden

Want to find, flex, and strengthen your voice as a writer? This workshop is designed to help you do so. Through a series of discussions, exercises, and prompts, we’ll explore the ways in which one can make a poem, delving into different aspects of form and content so that you can find the best notes for your own voice as a poet. Bring a blank notebook and a sense of adventure.

Everything You Need to Know About Getting an Agent
Saturday, March 20
10:00 am-noon
Chuck Sambuchino

In this seminar, Writers Digest Editor Chuck Sambuchino will address all things literary agent, and show writers how to snag a rep without fear of being scammed. We’ll discuss book proposals, novel synopses, query letters, pitching, how to find an agent, and everything else. Questions welcomed and encouraged!

Many more exciting offerings this season. Get registered today! 859.254.4175.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Doing a little Christmas shopping?

Gift certificates are now available for holiday gifts. They can be made in any amount, and are good for any Carnegie Center program---Winter Writer's Retreat, Language classes, Saturday seminars and much more! For more information, feel free to call the center at 859.254.4175 or send us an email:

Remember, it is also the last day to make a bid on the UK tickets being auctioned. Check here for more details.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Great Game, Great Seats, Great Cause!

UK-Louisville Basketball Ticket Auction: Great Game, Great Seats, Great Cause!

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 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, 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!