Collaborative collage created during a workshop led by artist Alicia Rexroat. | Courtesy of StudioWorks

In 2017, five local nonprofits came together for two simple reasons — innovation and efficiency. The result was ImpactV, a shared services group that includes Family & Children’s Place, Boys & Girls Haven, the Center for Women and Families, Dreams With Wings and Zoom Group.

Members of StudioWorks, the artistic arm of the Zoom Group, decided to host several workshops with their new partners, and the results will be on display starting Friday, March 9, at the Highlands gallery that offers a creative and inclusive space for those with developmental disabilities.

Some of the art on display at “Stronger Together.” | Courtesy of StudioWorks

The exhibition, titled “Stronger Together,” features both individual pieces and large-scale collaborative collage, and all the artwork was inspired by the idea of working together.

StudioWorks manager Heather Drury told Insider that two of the organization’s artists, Chimel Ford and Reggie Weaver, led the workshops with those interested from each nonprofit, and the opening reception Friday night will be the first time the collaborations are being showcased.

The artists and ImpactV CEO Sheryl Rainey will be in attendance as well.

“All the work has centered around the theme of the show, ‘Stronger Together,’ and showcases the beauty that is created when we work together toward a common goal,” said Drury.

So far, ImpactV has been highly beneficial to each participating organization, she adds, which can be traced to its founding ideal of strength in numbers.

“These organizations are working together to share resources and funding, reduce costs and risks, improve purchasing power and operating efficiency, while ensuring access to and delivery of high-quality services, which furthers collaboration and leads to even more innovation,” says Drury.

“Stronger Together” opens Friday, March 9, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. It continues through April 21. StudioWorks is located at 2008 Eastern Parkway.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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