Champion Julia Youngblood
For the past 10 years Julia Youngblood has been the Director of The Kentucky Center's ArtsReach Program. In its 25th year, ArtsReach empowers community centers to program the arts, nurtures and develops diverse artists and audiences, engages youth, and creates community through the arts. ArtsReach is a vital program which implements arts programming, during out-of-school time, where youth live and play. The program collaborates with community centers throughout Louisville to empower youth through studio arts instruction, special projects with community artists and residencies with national artists. ArtsReach provides affordable tickets to performances and the opportunity for youth to perform on The Kentucky Center's professional stages during the ArtsReach Annual Performing Arts Showcase, Keepers of the Dream, monthly Open Mic and other special events. ArtsReach students learn new skills, expand their horizons and develop a sense of self, well-being and belonging. As the individual is empowered, the arts simultaneously build and strengthen the community.