Monday, June 1, 2009


This is the blog home for Collaborative Projects, described in the "about me" entry on the right. For each project please see the individual blog sites:

Shelter: Poetry

Shelter: Transit
Shelter: Children

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Art reporter Diane Heilenman covered three of our bus shelter pieces in the Courier-Journal today. Read it on the website or here:

Poetry and art to steer Louisville bus shelters

By Diane Heilenman, May 12, 2009

Forget statuary of dead white men costumed in bronze.

The trend now is a guerrilla attitude toward public art, and it's playing out in Louisville bus shelters. The idea is that public art ought to be up close and personal and have a transitory rather than (yawn) almost-forever moment in the sun.

The large panels — almost posters, really — of art and poetry are replacing marketing messages about aggressive attorneys and Lasik surgery in bus shelters all across town.

The art panels promote a restful stillness amid rush hours and through long stretches of night. They are gifts from a University of Louisville program that combines art and writing.

The theme is "Shelter."

Poets have taken a diverting diversity of poetic license with the theme.

Nicole Pollitt discusses bees "clutched into an anemone of whispers" in their winter hives, and artist Sarah Hall follows flawlessly behind with a print of hives with hats of snow, marching away from a ghostly beekeeper.

Jak Cardini writes of "the strangest debris" of cities that encloses citizens sitting unaware, eating fruit in their living rooms — which artist Alexia Serpentini perfectly envisions in a bizarre collage of a young couple on a couch.

Laurie Doctor makes an "Ode to a Blue Umbrella," imagined as wings of sapphire angels, and artist Crystal Ludwick "finds" that exact umbrella left folded in a brick alley.

It is an arresting project that brings art to the people.

The poems are by students of humanities professor Annett Allen and some are by community writers. The artwork was done by students of art professor Mary Carothers.

The concept came out of Collaborative Projects, a studio art class organized by Carothers with a UofL grant for Supporting Undergraduate iNNovation (SUNN) and with the cooperation of the Transit Authority of River City.

Each poster began with the writing and each artist responded to the writing.

A map is at, which also provides images of the bus shelters, the posters and transcripts of the poems.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bringing Art to Your Door...

Collaborative Projects students Alexia Serpentini, Collin Lloyd, Roea Wallace and Hallie Jones worked with Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya to create this groundbreaking piece of art. Read all about it on the New York Times website.

Service Learning Expo

The Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service and The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville invited us to participate in their 1st Annual Service-Learning EXPO: “Connections to the Community”

Ideas Into Action Event

Idea to Action is celebrating our initiative, boosting awareness and working to reach more faculty, staff and students by hosting an i2a Day from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on April 13th at the Red Barn. Free lunch will be provided for the University community, student multimedia projects will be showcased as a result of our Lights, Camera...Ideas to Action project and collaboration with the Library's Digital Media Suite, in addition to fun and prizes!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Habitat for Humanity

We spent a Saturday early on, working together for Habitat for Humanity. A few days prior we visited an almost finished home with Sharri Zink, a University of Louisville grad who now develops the designs for new and rebuilt homes for Habitat. Our task for the day was to demolish a house, so that the Habitat team can rebuild it. The work helped bring us together, and got us motivated. Here are some images from the day.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


We have a logo! Thank you, Sarah Hall, for your beautiful work!