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IMAGINE GREATER LOUISVILLE 2020 PUBLIC COMMENTS --

The following Public Comments were submitted to the Louisville Metro Council on behalf of the MAMMOTH in support of two submitted grant applications in Fall of 2018. One project requested assistance in funding the repairs of the warehouse basement posts and the other to build a Community Garden in the back of the outdoor Gardens for community members to have a place to learn and practice horto- and perma-culture.

Of the 88 pages filled up by Louisvillians for Imagine Greater Louisville 2020's open Public Comment process, 11 FULL PAGES were written in support of the MAMMOTH and our proposed projects.... with 160 projects in the running. In other words 1/8 of the comments that were recieved for ALL APPLICANTS were in favor of our projects, yet we received no financial assistance from the Metro Council nor the Fund for the Arts. We question why there is a process requesting the offer Metro Louisville Government feedback to make a proper judgemend

Project: Reawakening the Mammoth

Comment - (250 words or less): For as long as I've known him, Aron Conaway has been an active pillar in the Louisville Arts community. He was in Portland before anyone; fighting for The Mammoth, a place where artists congregate, collaborate, and create. Artists are the R&D department of humanity and Louisville is in dire need of a place such as The Mammoth in order to grow and evolve. I believe in this project and Aron's vision, and hope to one day be a part of what he is able to build.

Project: Reawakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): The amazing civil war era building, The Mammoth, has the potential to be an anchor in the Portland neighborhood. The amount of possibilities, in our River City, is staggering for the cultural hub that could be created. With proper funding, this mixed use space could house artists studios, public performance spaces, be the hub of city wide public art initiatives, community gardens, a cafe and retail space. This project has the potential to be a huge asset to the neighborhood, the community and the City of Louisville.

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): DIY art spaces like the MAMMOTH play an important, though often unsung, role for the creative class providing both economic opportunity and community for Louisville artists and makers. Our art collective, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM came from even more humble beginnings than the MAMMOTH and is now a major driver for the local economy - with an estimated economic impact of over $358 million in the next decade and 250 new full time jobs. Small investments into creative communities can produce positive social impact and drive growth in the creative sector. Please support this local effort to galvanize Louisville's thriving DIY art scene.

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: Mammoth Gardens Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): I think the MAMMOTH could be an amazing space for the West Louisville community and the city as a whole, giving a place for artists of all types to work on their craft and to share their work. It would be a great resource for the DIY art scene in Louisville.

Project: REAWAKEN THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): This venue needs support! Rarely in my travels have I seen such community and infinite possibility in a venue! And as a Louisville resident, I want my town to facilitate art and a VISION like this!! For community!! For THE MAMMOTH!!!!

Project: Mammoth Garden Project Comment - (250 words or less): Mammoth is an amazing public space to gather. I have been to many Christmas, Bizarre, flea market sales there that would blow your mind. There is a great outdoor space that would serve as perfect community garden. We need more food being produced within the city limits. Help the Mammoth make this happen.

Project: The Mammoth Gardens Comment - (250 words or less): The Mammoth is a beautiful, historic building, with property of great potential surrounding it. Everyone who has been involved in the Mammoth has demonstrated much creativity, energy, and a commitment to enhancing the surrounding community. The proposal for The Mammoth Gardens offers ideas that are attainable and would strengthen the community in multiple ways.

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH When we started the Kentucky College of Art and Design our vision was to create a school without walls – an open space connected to community. The MAMMOTH is exactly the model we envisioned. It will complement academic programs throughout the state, and become an enormous asset to this city’s culture ecosystem. I have watched MAMMOTH artists thrive and then come to screeching halt due to structural issues, only. Over eight years, I became close friend to Aron Conaway and worked directly with Conaway, Shannon Westerman (former director, LVAA) and numerous artists, designers and filmmakers from MAMMOTH. The community benefits of reviving this project are apparent. Equally clear is the MAMMOTH Team desire do whatever necessary to succeed. Which is why grant support is significant to IMPACTING community access and social equity. The MAMMOTH open-door PHILOSOPHY has been life changing for many – and offers potential impact to myriad youth who may otherwise NEVER experience the transformative power of Art. Formalizing a constructive path will nurture a new core of creatives and city energy. A real place for youth to realize their creative dreams, make vital connections, overcome barriers and utilize quality resources to CHANGE LIVES and discover sustainable paths to success. The MAMMOTH is huge yet humble – a rare organization in our troubled world; a world where barriers often outnumber mentors and negativity outweighs positive leadership. The MAMMOTH is pure LOVE – for art, for our city and for neighbors working together – helping Louisville fulfill its promise of tomorrow.

Project: Mammoth garden project Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: Reawakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in the mission and vision of The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities and the city as a whole. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the a huge impact for an amazing property and mission. Please!

Project: Reawakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): The Mammoth has provided a safe place for scores of my students to express themselves freely. Director Aron Conaway has graciously invited students from my 2-D Design and Experimental Photography courses to wheat-paste artworks around his facility. Not only did my students experience an opportunity to present their artwork outside of the university, they also found themselves quickly immersed into the conversation of socially engaged art. I am forever thankful to Aron and The Mammoth for both supporting the expressions of emerging artists and providing a platform for reflection, collaboration and community building. The Mammoth is deserving of all of our support in return.

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): The mammoth has the greatest potential for a positive impact socially, culturally, and economically on the city of Louisville. We are a fast growing city and in the wake of all these new commercial and technological changes to our home, we can not lose touch with what makes louisville so great, and that is the artists who serve our community so invaluably. We need a space to create in and give back to our community with our art, and The Mammoth is just the place for that. Choose Reawaken the Mammoth as your project to back, and Louisville will thank you!

Project: Mammoth gardens Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: Mammoth gardens Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: Mammoth Garden Project Comment - (250 words or less): If the purpose of the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 project is to engage diverse community members in the production and enjoyment of art, I cannot think of a more deserving candidate than The Mammoth. For many years proprietor Aron Conaway has dedicated himself to serving the community, bringing art to places where it has not flourished before. He is a hero in the local creative community constantly giving his time and attention to children and artists in economically challenged parts of our city. The Mammoth has been a hive of creative activity ever since he purchased the building and the recent development of the outdoor space has attracted interesting artistic and musical events to this West End cultural icon. I think the Garden Project would be a very healthy addition to the vibrant facility. I have been impressed with all of the happenings recently at the Mammoth and am constantly in awe of Aron's commitment to Louisville's creative community. I highly recommend the Mammoth Garden Project for Imagine 2020 funding and I am certain the creative culture of our city would be improved because of it.

Project: Mammoth Gardens Comment - (250 words or less): I do appreciate the idea behind this project. As many people know there are many food deserts in the Louisville area and I believe that the Mammoth Gardens would be of great benefit to the area. By offering the gardens as a service to the community to learn agricultural skills and enjoy the fruits of their labors by eating and selling their crops, I believe that it will help develop a better sense of appreciation of self and their immediate surroundings. Best wishes to the team at Mammoth.

Project: REAWAKEN The MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): When we started the Kentucky College of Art and Design our vision was to create a school without walls – an open space connected to community. The MAMMOTH is exactly the model we envisioned. It will complement academic programs throughout the state, and become an enormous asset to this city’s culture ecosystem. I have watched MAMMOTH artists thrive and then come to screeching halt due to structural issues, only. Over 8 years, I became close friend to Aron Conaway and worked directly with Conaway, Shannon Westerman (former director, LVAA) and artists, designers and filmmakers from MAMMOTH. The community benefits of reviving this project are apparent. Equally clear is the MAMMOTH Team will do whatever necessary to succeed. Which is why grant support is significant to IMPACTING community access and social equity. The MAMMOTH open door PHILOSOPHY has been life changing for many – and offers potential to impact myriad youth who could otherwise NEVER experience the transformative power of Art. Formalizing a constructive path will nurture a new core of creatives and city energy. A real place for youth to realize their creative dreams, make connections, overcome barriers and utilize quality resources to CHANGE LIVES and discover sustainable paths to success. The MAMMOTH is huge yet humble – a rare organization in our troubled world; a world where barriers often outnumber mentors and negativity outweighs positive leadership. The MAMMOTH is pure LOVE – for art, for our city and for neighbors working together – helping Louisville fulfill its promise of tomorrow.

Project: Re-awakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): Aron Conaway's application for support to gain the technical expertise to solidly be able to identify the specific structural needs is a beginning practical step to undertake in a very ambitious overall social practice art project. The project speaks directly to the the idea of "Imagining" a new city arts/artists relationship that needs the support of seed or venture dollars that are not readily available elsewhere. He has been thinking and working on this project for more than five years so this is testimony to his commitment, as well as his creativity and innovative spirit to have kept this project progressing during this period. I cannot think of a more appropriate use of Imagine 2020 funds than to give this "big" idea the opportunity to take another gigantic step forward. if Louisville's culture is to progress to another level such chance-taking ideas must be supported, this innovative grant program offers the chance to do just this sort arts entrepreneurial activity.

Project: Mammoth Garden Project Comment - (250 words or less): Aron Conaway has been working diligently for the past several years on the renovation and adaptive re-use of an old industrial building called the Mammoth on 13th Street for the past several years. Through several iterations he has persevered in finding uses that meet both artist and community needs that can prevent the abandonment and desertification of a inner city Louisville neighborhood. His "Garden Project" is another direct, but achievable idea to further carryout his commitment to social practice art that addresses community needs. He has tested this idea of a community garden this past year with good results and I know he has the patience, personality and community connections to successfully carry out his proposal. The impact of both the garden in a food desert and the community-building of shared activity will be positives for both neighborhood and city. I urge you to support his straightforward and simple project proposal.

Project: Mammoth Gardens Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in and hope for a ReAwakening of The Mammoth! I fully support their Mammoth Gardens and all the work they do for and in our community! The grants to The Mammoth will be a gift to all of us! Thank you!

Project: Mammoth Gardens
 Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: Reawakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): I support the Reawakening the Mammoth grant proposal, in order to restore an already viable program that was providing studio and rehearsal space for creative individuals and groups prior to the discovery of repairable structural issues with the building. Since value to the community and demand for the service have already been well established, repairing the physical plant is a logical last step in reestablishing the benefits of the program, without needing a large additional outside investment or major time commitment before those benefits can be restored post-renovation.

Project: ReAwakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): I have attended several events at the Mammoth and fully support funding this project. Mr. Conaway has worked tirelessly and selflessly to promote the arts in Louisville and he has demonstrated he can successfully build community across a wide spectrum of people. The new outdoor space is magical and I am certain the renovated indoor space will be too. Thank you for your consideration,

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): I enthusiastically support and ask for full consideration to fund the Reawakening the Mammoth project! Not only is my family an avid supporter of the arts in Louisville, but my daughter is actively involved in Cirque Louis and Turner's Circus, the first of which would not have ample rehearsal space or support without projects like this that open up space and opportunity for burgeoning artists. This project would create more opportunity, community and productivity from our vibrant, but need-ful community of artists!

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in The Mammoth. Bring back The Mammoth. Its gardens and community art spaces support many large Louisville-area communities. If this grant is given to The Mammoth it will make the greatest impact and help the most people.

Project: Reawakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): It is my sincere hope that the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 grant body will choose to support Reawakening the Mammoth to the fullest extent. I first met Aron Conaway shortly after he and Hallie Jones purchased the structure. I was very impressed with their overall vision, their commitment to the entire community and their day-to-day grinding it out in neighborhoods that many others would pass on. Aron is no stranger to hard work, and this historic structure needs our help to once again become a community gateway, a neighborhood meeting place, an educational experience for all and a source of pride for all artist and activists, students and families. Historic Preservation can be complex work, but we are losing our historic structures at an alarming rate. I know of no one more dedicated to Preservation, Community, The Arts and Urban-Civic and Social Concerns than Aron and his vision for The Mammoth. As a business owner, proud artist parent, musician and citizen activist, I am impressed that there are still folks like Aron out here who are walking the walk and lifting heavy weight to improve Louisville's landscape for all artists and residents. Aron is a true Connector and The Mammoth can be The Hub. Many of us are still dreaming of the day when we can all walk into The Mammoth and have it be the experience that we All deserve.

Project: MAMMOTH GARDEN PROJECT Comment - (250 words or less): The Mammoth is a very special space that has been of great benefit to many Louisvillians (including myself and many people I know) and visitors to our city. The MAMMOTH GARDEN PROJECT has the potential to do great things for the California neighborhood by bringing its people together around practices of sustainability. Please help the Mammoth become what it has always meant to be!

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): The Mammoth is a very special space that has been of great benefit to many Louisvillians (including myself and many people I know) and visitors to our city. Supporting the REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH project is vital to realize the full potential of this space for creativity and community building. Please help the Mammoth become what it has always meant to be!

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): As an artist having a sense of space and community is invaluable to continued growth and exploration. I had the wonderful opportunity to join the community at the Mammoth Art Space in early 2013. Although I have since moved away from Louisville my time and experiences at the Mammoth have proved invaluable foundation for the practice of my art today. The large spaces, loading doors, and freight elevator all allow for creative minds to follow their visions, as opposed to creating work that is only obtainable in a small cube. Meeting, working around and collaborating with other artist is not only important to the artists themselves but the city as a whole. My experience at the Mammoth has shown me what a great potential this space has to spread art experiences throughout the city. Allowing artist to work, create, and show in this space can ultimately attract the larger or traveling exhibitions and art experiences (much like the recent Cincinnati BLINK exhibit) pulling in people from not only the metro area but from the state and beyond. The convenience and ease of access of its location one block from Broadway makes this site a reasonable attraction for any visitors, and continues to spread the Louisville Renaissance further. If I had not moved away I would still be active in the support and reconstruction of this vital artist space in Louisville. I hope that others can see the vision and potential that the Mammoth holds for everyone in the community.

Project: Reawakening the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): In 2015, I was invited by Aron Conaway to tour an immense Civil War-era structure at 13th and Maple streets, a building Aron has appropriately dubbed "the Mammoth." Built of native materials (stone, brick and heavy timber) whose salvage value may seem to exceed the economic value of the structure itself, the building is so rare and unique that simple restoration will demonstrate that the economic and cultural value of the reconstituted whole will far exceed the sum value of the individual parts. The notion of creating affordable space for artist studios in repurposed industrial and loft structures has long held sway. However, creating collective studios that are both affordable to practicing artists and that can support the costs of basic renovation and ongoing operations has most often proven infeasible due to the cost of just the basic improvements required to make a former factory or warehouse safely habitable. The Mammoth is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst for creativity and for the revitalization of one of Louisville's most forgotten districts. However, to reach even the threshold of possibility, significant repairs will be required to stabilize a portion of the interior structure damaged as the result of ill-advised modifications done by a previous owner. The remedy is straightforward and easily achievable, but for the lack of funds to undertake the repairs. I therefore urge your favorable consideration for a strategic investment that would begin to make possible what I believe will be an extraordinary contribution to Louisville’s artistic community.

Project: RE-AWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): As an artist in this community I know the importance of feeling like you have a place to call your "artistic home". That has been the Mammoth for myself in the past and helped me grow as well as other artists and should be getting the support it has so graciously given to those who make or city and world worth living. Where would we all be without that support system? I hope you can realize the dream of so many for so long in this historically relevant building that has been a huge catalyst for me and will Continue to be so for us all if we can come together and reawaken the spirit of not just this place but it's people and their passion.

Project: MAMMOTH Gardens Comment - (250 words or less): The main reason The MAMMOTH deserves funding to establish a garden and farmers market is that this part of the city is a food desert. Aron Conaway has proven himself to be a community leader whose tireless and selfless work in bringing arts to the community has enriched the lives of adults and children citywide. An Eagle Scout, he also has proven many times that he follows through on plans. It would be a great use for this historic building, to help teach residents in the neighborhood the importance of gardening, marketing, collaboration and sustainability.

Project: REAWAKEN THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): There are several reasons The MAMMOTH deserves funding. First and most important, it is a center of culture in a part of the city that needs as much attention as possible. Aron Conaway and people who volunteer their time for him were offering art shows, music performances and a range of cultural and arts events that drew hundreds of people. It also became a center for artists to collaborate in studio space and even in the renovation of the building. This virtually stopped when city inspectors found the Civil War-era building was unsafe. That brings me to the second reason: This is a historic building worth saving, but not just that - it is a historic building that can be saved through adaptive reuse. There is a plan for this beautiful structure. Finally, Conaway has proven himself to be a community leader whose tireless and selfless work in bringing arts to the community has enriched the lives of adults and children citywide. Please fund The MAMMOTH.

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): Please use $ to help with structural issues of this historic site

Project: Mammoth Gardens Comment - (250 words or less): Please fund & help feed some of the neighbors

Project: MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): To whom it may concern, I want to take a moment to share words of support and encouragement for MAMMOTH. I always squirm a bit at employing the word "magical"- but it is appropriate. The composite history, potential, and the love and spirit of the artists involved in any MAMMOTH event and/or endeavor reminds me of what makes Louisville truly great. Support the arts and artists. Support MAMMOTH.

Project: Mammoth Garden Project Comment - (250 words or less): I believe this is a wonderful project. Access to fresh food is very important especially in urban areas. I hope that this project gets funded as it would be a great benefit to the citizens in the community.

Project: The Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): I am very excited to see the 2 projects for The MAMMOTH, the Gardens for the Portland community and the structural repairs needed to make The MAMMOTH an anchor in the Portland neighborhood. There's exciting things happening west of 9th!

Project: mammoth garden project Comment - (250 words or less): REAWAKEN THE MAMMOTH

Project: Reawaken the mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): The spirit of The MAMMOTH began as an idea in 2005 as we departed from the LAVA House to search for space to work toward new possibilities and frontiers – to construct a co-op for artists and other creatives to rent or purchase studio spaces in one massive building. The underlying principle was to give us — artists, musicians and creatives — an opportunity to create our own living space, studios and to exist among other progressive people. We purchased this 90,000-square foot warehouse on 13th Street in 2012, inspired by repurposed buildings and creative artist communities worldwide. Countless hours of volunteer labor from artists and community members helped turn The MAMMOTH Art Studios into a community space with 21 art studios, band practice spaces and storage business that subsidized creative life. For over three years, The MAMMOTH had been a haven of creativity, a location for photo, movie, music video shoots, glass and printmaking, art and music shows, film screenings, art/craft sales, public art projects and meetings. This has been a project based in evolution. However, development of the heavy timber and old, red brick building halted in 2015, due to minor structural issues in the basement. Since then this once-thriving community has become silent and still. Receiving assistance through Vision2020 will allow hiring a structural engineer/architect, and acquiring permits to repair poplar columns. Once complete, the MAMMOTH will return to development as a DIY multi-use space, where ideas and creativity flourish and community benefits tremendously. We will offer educational / instructional space, studios for working artists, recording studios, and exhibition / multi-purpose space all artists. There’s magic now, outside in unique, beautiful MAMMOTH GARDENS, our outdoor venue. Once inside we will explode with creative abundance! We are ramping up to begin development of an enormous experiential art installation space with the likes of St. Louis’ City Museum and Santa Fe’s Meow Wolf. This immersive Art experience will be developed and run on sustainable technological infrastructure, encompassing the concepts of sustainability and renewable resourcing throughout artwork, encompassing inspiring and powerful concepts to each viewer – a transformative and empowering “BIG PICTURE” experience. The project will offer dozens or hundreds of jobs to artists, potentially bringing millions of dollars into the Louisville economy. CM is the ultimate family experience, what MAMMOTH should be. With our own concepts and local talent, the MAMMOTH will create Louisville’s version of the mind-blowing art experience.

Project: The Mammoth Project Comment - (250 words or less): The Mammoth is the best choice for the Imagine 2020 grant. They will help the most people and really improve the community.

Project: Mammoth Garden Comment - (250 words or less): Once in place, the MAMMOTH GARDEN project will provide access to fresh vegetables and fruits for the immediate community. This safe and constructive space is for youth and adults of the area and allows for a space to work together in a calm and productive space, building greater relationships with each other, their community, and most importantly within themselves. By making the community garden free of charge, we open the door to more involvement and development that will have the opportunity to affect more people. The space will be an educational learning place for people and with access to open soil gardening, a greenhouse that is already on site and aquaponics gardening which would be added later, educational opportunities are limitless. Participants will can also calmly work through problems and challenges, and create sustainable resources that will improve their health and well-being. Instead of asking for a plot fee, the MAMMOTH GARDENS plans to use the abundance of materials to sell in a farmer’s market that we will host biweekly. This will be sustainable fundraising source that will support additional gardening needs. We will provide community volunteers to assist in the market and affordable structuring thus offering marketing skills and learning opportunities to better assist anyone willing to further their skills in a professional setting. In addition to the sales of the GARDEN’S bounty, The MAMMOTH will provide spaces for booths to be set up and the wares of local artists and organizations will be welcome to promote their goods and services. This GARDEN MARKET will be an enjoyable, social marketplace that showcases the offerings of the California Neighborhood, and will involve access to the communities beyond.

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): The Mammoth is an incredibly special place to me. I rented a music rehearsal space in there for quite some time and fell in love with the creative atmosphere that flows through the place. It's hard not to stand inside the building and marvel at the possibilities. An event space, an art gallery, studios, band rehearsal spaces, a community meeting place. Aron Conaway has really tapped into something that our city desperately needs. A space for people of all creative backgrounds to come together and exist in one place, challenging and supporting each other in an environment that fosters their drive to create. Spending time at the Mammoth has made me feel like a real member of the arts community of Louisville, and I think that would be true for anyone who spends any time there. Long live the Mammoth!

Project: Mammoth Gardens Comment - (250 words or less): This is a very unique and exciting project of adaptive reuse of a heritage, one of a kind structure in an area of Louisville that could really benefit from this. The Mammoth Garden project would be an unquestionable benefit for local gardeners, the neighborhood, and the Louisville tourist trade. The structure, while dilapidated and not currently proper for habitation, would provide a vibrant and exciting setting for our burgeoning local community garden scene. The surrounding population in the neighborhood could access healthy local food in what is now a food desert. The gardens could provide a place for education and community, as well as a place for young people to learn and be safe. What a gift to our city. I strongly urge the funding of this project to development and strengthen our community, to add economic growth to the neighborhood, and to creatively develop a unique heritage structure.

Project: MAMMOTH Garden Project/Reawakening The MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): I was lucky to have grown up in an area of Louisville rich with diverse venues and avenues of expression and creative development. I know that there are other areas that lack the focus of art and would greatly benefit from a positive outlet of expression and a healthy sense of responsibility and accountability. In the California district, the demographics show a struggling, underprivileged yet an area that can achieve a great potential for success with the right outlet and welcoming space. I believe The MAMMOTH can bring people together in part with a much needed community garden and fresh fruit and vegetable outpost and stimulating economic activity by enhancing artistic involvement and culture. If granted funds from this amazing opportunity, not only would The MAMMOTH thrive but the community around it and the communities beyond for a better, happier sense of purpose and joy.

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): I'm 24 years old, and I just recently moved to Louisville this past March. Since then, I have had the privilege and the thrill of getting involved with the massive project that is, "The Mammoth." I moved to Louisville from Michigan with 5 childhood friends, all looking to pursue the arts and music. Lucky for us, we got connected with Aron Conaway (Mammoth owner, local artist) through a mutual friend. Before we knew it, we were boots on the ground. We talked about the history of the space, and more importantly the future of it, and after a few team meetings discussing the limitless potential and vision we all shared for the project, we got to work. The Mammoth Art Studios and Storage Space has been open since 2012, sadly however, it's been storage-only since the building was condemned in 2015 due to minor problems with the basement pillars; a simple fix, but a pricy one. Before that though it was filled with artists and musicians of all kinds renting studio, rehearsal, performance, and gallery space throughout the building. So, the goal is to get it back to that, then take it even higher from there. Starting from square one now, since we can't raise any money from doing anything inside the building, we turned our attention to the back yard of The Mammoth which we named, "The Baby Jungle." Over the next five months, the 7 of us in total, transformed an untamed jungles back yard full of trees and brush, into to a magical, fairy garden style, hidden forest music venue with two stages, a fire ring, candle lit woodland pathways, and much more! Lead by Aron and his girlfriend Rhian (who also cultivates the beautiful gardens at the mammoth), we spent day after day clearing brush, leveling ground, building infrastructure like stages and electrical installations, and general maintenance and repairs to the building as well. But what made it all worth it? Before long we were able to start hosting music events and fund raisers in support of the mammoth, and that’s when the magic really started to happen. One of the most important things we wanted to emphasize in our big picture vision was maintaining a high level of diversity in the styles and genres of art and music that could have a place at the mammoth. In the time I have been involved now I have seen everything from punk rock shows, to hip-hop, to experimental abstract music, to music videos, photo shoots, raffles, art vendors, and even a vaudeville circus act! It is not only the opinion of me and all of my friends, but also the seemingly unanimous opinion of the people who visit (or so they tell us), that The Mammoth is the hottest and most anticipated up and coming community arts and music venue in Louisville. It’s been among the greatest experiences of my life so far and has incredible potential to totally reshape Louisville as we know it forever.

Project: MAMMOTH Garden Project Comment - (250 words or less): I believe in the power of food - and the power of growing food - to feed our hunger for greater connectedness with each other and our hunger to live in a stronger community. This proposal supports those goals in many ways. It offers free access to growing plots that will connect neighbors, create economic opportunity, and produce healthy food - all in neighborhood the lack healthy connections, economic opportunity, and healthy food.

Project: REAWAKEN THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): My name is Andrew Robinson and I am a Louisville-based freelance film director working primarily with music videos. In my line of work, the location you secure is the single most important decision that will dramatically impact the outcome of your final product. The Mammoth has been a pleasure to film at in the past and offers many variety of options for several genres of film. I would be more than thrilled to have the opportunity to film at The Mammoth again and think of no other place to more highly deserve structural restoration.

Project: MAMMOTH Garden Project Comment - (250 words or less): I ask that the Imagine 2020 grant committee please consider The Mammoth Gardens and its much-needed assistance to put this project in to place. The abundance of community resources that this project will create for the neighborhood along with activities designed to build self-esteem, healthy relationships and leadership skills is exactly why I feel this project is so important for the City of Louisville. I’ve known Aron Conaway, the Mammoth owner for many years and his involvement in the community has been something to admire. Teaching the community about sustainability, self-expression and mindfulness is what I see the establishment of Mammoth Gardens providing the City of Louisville. The Mammoth Gardens will offer a creative outlet for all people interested in urban gardening, food sustainability, natural building, aquaponics and community togetherness. The Mammoth Gardens will provide a safe place to learn from others in the community, to share ideas, implement technique and create a lasting and harmonious environment. Fruits and Vegetables grown in The Mammoth Gardens will provide nourishment to those in the neighborhood with immediate needs, providing healthy food to many homes often unable to purchase such items.

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): During a time of ruthless social program funding cuts, gentrification free-for-all's, racial and class-motivated legislation, and the ever present turmoil in the highest offices of government, the time for the Mammoth is NOW. Growing up in the Beecher Terrace housing project near the Russell area, I watched the challenges that West Louisville in general has faced, for nearly forty years. The Mammoth offer solutions to a majority of issues facing the community through encouraging creativity instead of violence, teaching life skills and respect instead of ignorance and separatism. The Mammoth Community Garden offers a variety of healthy fresh produce to a community that finds such goods difficult to afford. Together, The Mammoth and West Louisville can grow!

Project: MAMMOTH GARDEN Comment - (250 words or less): I recommend funding this project. This project can help assist with a critical void in our community. With both grocery and corner stores closing, this garden project/farmers market will be a tremendous asset. Teaching our youth about other food choices and resource as well as providing the community with access to fresh vegetables will make a lasting health impact on the community.

Project: REAWAKENING THE MAMMOTH Comment - (250 words or less): The MAMMOTH! An over 150-year-old building with ties to the Union Army and a deep Civil War history? The City of Louisville must help save this amazing history! I have worked with the curator of this historical treasure for years. His passion for the arts, his dedication to the preservation of this local treasure is hands down, amazing. As a folk musician, community organizer, supporter of all things local, I cannot think of a better way for the City of Louisville to lend a helping hand to this project than to fully fund it's caretaking. Already, despite all odds, Aron Conaway, and a small tight knit collective of artists and musicians have transformed the Mammoth into a safe space, in a very lonely part of this city, for underserved artists and musicians to perform and communicate. The funding to fix the supports of the building would give the living art project a stable foundation well as enabling the already dedicated fundraising to focus on much needed stability and growth. The possibilities that could come from this project being funded, are limitless! The space is - in name, MAMMOTH and the need is tremendous. Please consider this project as you can tell it would mean so much to me and the many who are searching for a place to create and celebrate our eccentric Louisville style!

Project: Reawaken the Mammoth Comment - (250 words or less): When I visited the mammoth a little under a year ago with my mother. At the time it was cold, rainy, and the mammoth was imposing to say the least. It just dominated the landscape as soon as it came into sight. This huge brick building, lines of windows on either side, extending back to train tracks. Going inside it was impossible not to love the building. The pillars rising up out of the floor, the dim dark inside with bursts of light from windows flowing in. As soon as you step inside it's a different world and you can forget about your troubles in a strange way. Walking in the building, you get lost in the labyrinth of spaces. Inside every sectioned block was another location full of art and strange artifacts. Things people were working on, things people were selling that they'd made, people plying their crafts and reinvesting into the community. The mammoth should get this grant because it's a space that not only is going to actually build a unique Louisville community within its walls, but provide a space for Louisville to flourish as an architectural center, utilizing the resources that exist there, rather than trying to bring in new buildings that wipe away the history of the city.