Firefighter's Eternal Flame photo by Louisville Metro
Firefighter’s Eternal Flame photo by Louisville Metro

Earlier today Mayor Greg Fischer named Sarah Lindgren as Louisville’s Public Art Administrator.

Lindgren will be responsible for a variety of duties geared toward maintaining Louisville’s existing public art and administering grants that will help create new public works. According to the press release, she will also “identify potential funding sources for the creation and care of public art.”

Lindgren will work closely with the Commission on Public Art (COPA) as outlined in the Mayor’s Public Art Master Plan. The master plan, authored by Creative Time and adopted in 2010, called for the creation of Lindgren’s position.

Lindgren is the first to take the office, but other positions in COPA with similar sounding titles have existed on and off, including public art consultant, a position held by Yasmeen Siddiqui from July 2011 to October 2012.

Lindgren is no newcomer to Louisville’s art scene. She most recently served at The Speed Museum as their director of Principle Gifts and Membership and director of Corporate and Foundation Development.

Mayor Fischer stated in a press release that this appointment will “elevate the role of public art,” adding that Lindgren is “a great addition to our team.”

Lindgren’s first day on the job is Jan. 6, 2014.

To catch a glimpse of Louisville’s public art you can check out Metro Government’s growing online database, take a virtual tour, or take an actual stroll around downtown.

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Eli Keel
Eli Keel is “pretty much” a Louisville native. You may have seen him around town reading poetry, short stories, dancing or acting. He’s a passionate locavore, so you may have also seen him stuffing his face at one of Louisville’s amazing restaurants. When he isn’t too busy writing short stories, he blogs at amanwalksintoablog.wordpress.com.

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