Hester Street, together with partners Kale & Flax and UberGreen Spaces & Homes, collaborated with the Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) Foundation on a placekeeping initiative to pilot design ideas to activate campus spaces, inspire creativity, and foster community connections and feelings of belonging as JCTC implements a new campus Master Plan.

The team’s process centered the community as experts to inform interventions that promote equitable, safe, vibrant, and healthy neighborhood development while showcasing student talent, setting the stage for economic development and coalescing conversations and priorities across a diverse stakeholder group of students, faculty and staff, local artists, community-based partners, local businesses, residents, unhoused individuals, and the City of Louisville. Placekeeping interventions centered student and community art, and included spaces for students and community to work, gather, and play along JCTC’s First Street corridor. This initiative will generate excitement and provide JCTC an opportunity to lead in testing and piloting innovation – not only for the college, but for all of Louisville.

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