After more than three decades in the historic Water Tower on River Road, the Louisville Visual Art Association will move downtown later this year. In October, the LVAA will move into interim headquarters at 609 West Main Street while they search for a new permanent home. Scheduled children’s art classes will remain at the Water Tower through the fall semester.
Executive director Shannon Westerman says they’ll likely seek out space in what he calls the art nexus—between the East Market district and West Main and Ninth Streets, extending down to Spalding University south of Broadway.
“As the art community has evolved over the last ten or fifteen years, it is increasingly difficult to attract people in their busy lives to a destination that’s off the beaten track, if you will,” says Westerman.
The LVAA has leased the Water Tower from the Louisville Water Company for 32 years. The Water Company opted not to renew the organization's lease earlier this year.
Westerman also says the the organization has outgrown the Water Tower. They're seeking six to eight thousand square feet of multi-use space for public art programs for their new headquarters.
LVAA will hold a moving sale Saturday at the Water Tower to clean out their archives of art and art supplies. The sale begins at 8 a.m.