Louisville storytellers - Kenneth Woods, Marlesha S. Woods, and Lance G. Newman II- led 2892's inaugural journey to explore the complexity of truly becoming a Compassionate City in light of racial injustice. They illuminate stories from history, the present, and of those who are building a more just future. Explore their storymap here.
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2892 Louisville's Storytelling Team
Lance G. Newman II
Lance G. Newman II, director of SpreadLovEnterprise (c)2013, is a multidisciplinary artist. He teaches creative writing and public speaking in various educational contexts; hosts poetry slams, open mics and showcases; creates visual art pieces using recycled materials; and he has written various poetry operas and plays. He uses these disciplines to uplift and inspire his community. Lance has a very “Google-able” resume. The first two pages are glowing with exploits he has accomplished over 16 years of creating out of Louisville, KY. Lance has lived and worked in Louisville’s West End for years and seldom sees this self-titled “Compassionate City.” Lance considers the contradictions of this phrase that play out in his daily experiences and takes us along his daily route, illuminating the history and complexity of the land, the people, and the injustices therein. Join Lance’s effort to "Spread Love" by following his ongoing work here.
Marlesha S. Woods
Louisville native, Marlesha S. Woods, is a dedicated visual arts educator, a member of the National Art Education Association and National Guild for Community Arts Education. As a mixed media artist her works are translated into eco-friendly wearable art exclusively designed for the Muhammad Ali Center. Her artistry includes commissioned paintings focused on abstract expressionism intertwined with portraiture. Marlesha’s work reaches beyond cultural and societal barriers, and her practice centers art as an essential component of public health and wellness. She graduated cum laude from Sullivan College of Technology and Design and studied Sociology at Indiana University. Marlesha has partnered with nonprofit organizations nationally within the U.S. to strengthen communities and spark critical conversations around health equity, diversity, and civic rights. As an inaugural 2892 Miles to Go Project Wayfinder, she explores a deeper understanding of education, public health, and well-being in her community through an interdisciplinary art lens illustrating the continued work needed toward a more thriving, compassionate city for everyone.
Marlesha Woods is a visual artist, educator, creative placemaking strategist, and art program developer. Facilitating community engagement, creative placemaking & art education in diverse communities Marlesha Woods makes art culture accessible.
Kenneth L. Woods
Kenneth L. Woods is a poet, writer, author, storyteller, content creator, fun-loving father, and husband. He has shared his spoken word poetry with intimate crowds to auditoriums of over 3,000. His artistry has spanned from the U.S to Greece and France through the nonprofit sector and corporate collaborations. He is the CEO of Refresherpoint LLC, a spoken word brand and freelance writing service that reaches beyond cultural and societal barriers to provide a fresh lens from which to see the world and ourselves. Kenneth L. Woods is a Hawaii native, literary enthusiast, published author, entomology fan, fun-loving father and husband. As an Indiana University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in biology and an Associate degree in chemistry his love for science and poetry actualized provides a distinctive performance-art experience.
Beyond the Map
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Written by Lance G. Newman II for National Geographic Education.