The VIPP Report: LCCC will raise the roof in a ceremony for a new theater

PREPARING AREA YOUTH TO BE THE GREATEST IN THE ARTS ARENA WITH A NEW THEATER ALONG THE MUHAMMAD ALI ARTS, CULTURE AND INNOVATION DISTRICT

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LCCC RAISES ROOF FOR GRAND LYRIC THEATER   

Louisville Central Community Centers, the developer of the Muhammad Ali Boulevard Arts, Culture and Innovation District, is constructing a performing arts facility to support its Kids Art Academy and the continued development of the district at its’ Old Walnut Street Development at 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

On Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 am there will be a roof raising ceremony with key stakeholders in the community, LCCC and advocators to bring Muhammad Ali Blvd back to life will be in attendance to lend their support.  Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, an arts enthusiast, former Councilman David Tandy, Fund for the Arts’ CEO, Christen Boone, and representatives of the Norton Foundation and the Gheens Foundation all have confirmed their participation in the ceremony.  Representatives of the LCCC Kids Art Academy, the Tiny Tykes Theater Troupe and the Youth Repertory Theater Troupe of Louisville will perform to celebrate this achievement.

During the era between 1940-60’s, there was a theatre that was considered the hub where artists showcased their talents, which many went on to become professional entertainers performing alongside entertainment legends like Helen Hune, the jazz and blues singer with Count Basie’s band.  So, in 2019 we will revitalize the name The Grand Theater and Lyric Theater on historic Old Walnut Street in Louisville, KY in hopes of bringing life back into the arts and the community with a rich history in arts and entertainment.

The 300-seat Grand Lyric Theater will be home to LCCC’s Kids Art Academy (KAA), a youth arts education program with a focus on all facets of performing arts for over three decades.  KAA currently serves hundreds of school-age youth annually and has produced theater troupe sell-out productions of “Broadway-quality” musicals as “Beauty and The Beast”, “Black Nativity”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Once On This Island” and the nationally acclaimed show, “The Wiz.”. This state-of-the art facility will also serve as another venue for community groups to use for training, rehearsals and performances.

National experts from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Washington, DC endorsed LCCC’s economic revitalization vision by recommending to our community that Muhammad Ali Blvd. between 6th to 21st Streets be transformed into a cultural arts commercial district to help create a vibrant corridor that supports economic development and job creation west of Ninth Street.  This plan aligns itself with what used to be the historic Walnut Street (now known as Muhammad Ali Blvd.) between 6th to 15th Streets, an area once the commercial heart of the black community that contained thriving businesses, professional offices, restaurants and entertainment venues prior to the razing of the commercial district by an urban renewal plan in the 1960s. This plan has been included with support of Louisville Metro and Louisville Metro Housing Authority as an important part of the transformation of Russell.

Partial funding has been provided by U. S. Housing & Urban Development through its community development block grant to the city of Louisville and a number of private sources.  To complete the theater, additional sponsorship and naming opportunities are available to support:

  • lighting, sound and recording systems – $265,000
  • main stage, staging area and loading dock area – $140,000
  • rehearsal, restrooms and dressing rooms – $270,000
  • lobby, vestibule and restrooms – $250,000
  • seating, coat check and storage – $280,000

To setup an interview to discuss the Grand Lyric Theater and/or to setup a tour after the roof raising contact VIPP Communications at booking@vippcommunications.com.  We will see you on Friday, February 15th for the ceremony.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance so you can be in position to get everything you need for your stories.

 Louisville Central Community Centers Inc. is celebrating its 70th year of service to residents of the Russell neighborhood and west Louisville community.  As an anchor institution, LCCC provides an array of services including early childhood education, youth development, workforce development training, small business and neighborhood development activities.

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The VIPP Report: Students receive medals and prizes for the participation in eLearn Olympics

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Louisville, Kentucky (May 13, 2016)—Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC) will host their Spring eLearn Olympics celebration at 11am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to recognize nearly 80 medalists and their supporters. Students will be presented with gold, silver or bronze medals and other prizes for their achievements using Study Island, a technology-based system that supports the local school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative. Schools and community organizations who support student achievement will also be recognized. Currently, there’s 1,400 participants in the eLearn Olympics program.

eLearn Olympics was created in 2013 by LCCC as an initiative to celebrate academic achievements of students grades K-12. LCCC’s Senior Vice President, Kevin Fields, says as we approach the 2016 Olympics in Reno we want to motivate our youth not only in athletics but in academics. As we cheer on Olympian Angel McCoughtry who is a great supporter of our initiative we want to motivate our scholars to achieve at their ultimate potential and to use Study Island throughout their summer break.”

In eLearn Olympics, students win prizes and gain public distinction for completing online, skill-building lessons in Study Island. This program is geared toward helping students achieve proficiency in their common-core academic skill areas that are part of Kentucky Department of Education curriculum standards. eLearn Olympics offers annual recognition for participation and achievement in extracurricular academic programs.

You can see a complete list of our event’s honorees below. JCPS Director of Volunteer Talent Center Dr. Allene Gold, JCPS Board Member Diane Porter, Gheens Foundation CEO Barry Allen and representatives of the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation will join LCCC in honoring these students and their families. The public is invited to attend the celebration on May 14, from 11:00-12:00 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd (40203), in the Atrium Room.

We will also recognize the top three schools that had the most medalists during the Spring competition.   Price Elementary with 11 medalists, Western Middle School with 10 medalists and there’s a four-way tie with Johnson Traditional, Myers Middle, Meyzeek Middle and Newburg Middle Schools all having five medalists.

There will be three community centers acknowledged during the program. That’s Lighthouse Promise with 20 Spring medalists, Big Brothers Big Sisters with four medalists and Louisville Central Community Centers with a total of three medalists.

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About Louisville Central Community Centers

LCCC is headquartered in Louisville, KY, at 13th Street and West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the Russell neighborhood. LCCC is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organization that is governed by an independent, volunteer Board of Directors. LCCC offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Early childhood education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management and home ownership are just some of the services provided. Sam Watkins, Jr. is the president and CEO of LCCC.

About eLearn Olympics

Founded by LCCC with support from the Gheens Foundation, JCPS and other sponsors, eLearn Olympics is a set of academic competition events that incentivize and reward student achievement in areas of reading, mathematics, science & social studies. Now with over 1400 enrolled members, eLearn Olympic sparks a spirit of pride among students, parents, schools and community-based learning places by providing opportunities for educational competition, academic skill development and public recognition. Students can earn public distinction as gold, silver or bronze medalists in a variety of academic performance categories. For more information visit http://www.elearnolympics.com or call (502) 583-8821.

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Watkins poses with Olympian Medalist

Reading medalists

Gold medalists

Ashton Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Asia Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Treasure Wales (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Ezell Everett (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Marcus Griffin (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Silver medalists

LaMichael Arnold (King Elementary)

Jaelyn Pruitt (Crums Lane Elementary)

Gabrielle McDonald (Price Elementary)

Stephan Smith (Crums Lane Elementary)

Jacobi Jones (Crums Lane Elementary)

Perrion Hughes (Wheatley Elementary)

Jose Ortiz (Myers Middle)

Gavin Sams (Meyzeek Middle)

Bronze medalists

Ariyauna Ridgeway (Western Middle)

Ndeye Cisse (Noe Middle)

Warren King (Meyzeek Middle)

Hawa Simagan (Price Elementary)

Ameena Shareef (King Elementary)

Hugo Ramosleon (Myers Middle)

Tyquan Starks (Western Middle)

Deasia Dennis (Carter Elementary)

Philippine Simagan (Price Elementary)

Elean Meridaperez (Myers Middle)

Thomas Bryant (Myers Middle)

Andrea Trejo (Myers Middle)

Detrick Dyer (Meyzeek Middle)

Malachi Tilford (Meyzeek Middle)

Joseph Noah (Western Middle)

Ciara Higgins (Auburndale Elementary)

Joseph Foster (Noe Middle)

Skyla Todd (Price Elementary)

Mackayla Andrews (Noe Middle)

Ameera Delouvpre (Farmer Elementary)

Daquan Williams (Western Middle)

Joyceonna Grant (Newburg Middle)

Khia Briscoe (Crosby Middle)

Jaalyne Everett (Western Middle)

Kieron McMurry (Moore Traditional)

 

Math medalists

Gold medalists

Natalya Pitts (Price Elementary)

Ameera Delouvpre (Farmer Elementary)

Jayla Miles (Young Elementary)

Silver medalists

Seannae Williams (Field Elementary)

Breanna Carson (Western Middle)

Chloe Cary (Price Elementary)

Dominiquic Martin (Newburg Middle)

Donnavon Grant (Luhr Elementary)

Philippine Simagan (Price Elementary)

Elijah Todd (Newburg Middle)

Jayla Todd (Price Elementary)

Ibrahim Delouvpre (Newburg Middle)

Bronze medalists

Jayden   Harris (Wilkerson Elementary)

Jayden   Todd (Price Elementary)

Amari    Smith (Newburg Middle)

Treasure Murray (Western Middle)

Jordyn Pennebaker (Johnson Traditional)

Alexis Bryant (Western Middle)

Ashton Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

MaKiya  West (Price Elementary)

Asia Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Derica Johnson (Johnson Traditional)

Ryane Holmes (Chancey Elementary)

Zechariah Mimms (Hartstern Elementary)

Aniya Lawhorn (Conway Middle)

Alisia Crawford (Robert Frost Six Grade Academy)

Brooklyn Guy (Western Middle)

Davione Campbell (Sanders Elementary)

Kaleah Sheffield (Meyzeek Middle)

Kieron McMurry (Moore Traditional)

Timari Young (Western Middle)

Fanta Simagan (Price Elementary)

 

 

The VIPP Report: Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry’s foundation will honor Louisville youth and present medals and prizes

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Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc.’s (LCCC) will receive a $9,500 grant from the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation in support of LCCC’s Gheens eLearn Olympics at a presentation on Wednesday, March 9th, 10:00 a.m. at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Gheens eLearn Olympics seeks to spark a spirit of pride among students, parents, schools and community-based learning places through the incentive-based, educational program. School-age youth who attend Jefferson County Public Schools are encouraged to enhance their education by using on-line out-of-school-time tutorial software to improve reading and math. Kids who show levels of improvement are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals and many of these kids also receive educational prizes and gifts.

The initiative was created in response to the Jefferson County Public Schools’ call for more involvement of community stakeholders to address common core standards and academic achievement. LCCC has recognized over 500 youth for educational improvement using this on-line service over the last two years. “Angel saw a valuable connection with our Gheens eLearn Olympics initiative and her foundation. She has been very supportive of us from the beginning and we are grateful for her continued support,” said Kevin Fields of LCCC.

Angel is a former University of Louisville All-American basketball player who is now a franchise   player with Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association. She also plays professionally for the Turkish team Mersin BSB in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League. “I am pleased to be able to give while continuing to play professional basketball through my foundation. As an Olympian, eLearn Olympics really got my attention. Helping LCCC help young people succeed in school is important to my foundation and to me personally,” stated McCoughtry.

Angel was a member of the U.S. Olympic gold medal basketball team in 2012. She plans to try out for the 2016 U. S. Olympic Basketball Team this summer. The next Gheens eLearn Olympics celebration is scheduled for April 6, 2016 at Old Walnut Street. Over 100 participants are expected to be honored and recognized.

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