In a moment increasingly defined by displacement and migration, the idea of “home” as a fixed, physical destination is an oversimplification. As more people face housing insecurity, political instability, and climate-related disasters, how can we hold onto our physical sense of home as it is taken away or made inhospitable? As we individually grapple with questions of identity and trauma, is there home to be found within the body in the pursuit of healing and self-actualization? As technology develops ever more rapidly, will the impending obsolescence of our devices mean the dissolution of our memories of home? In Louisville, nearly all of us have been touched by these issues directly or by association. 1619 Flux’s latest exhibition, Perspectives of Home: An Exhibition of Social Practice, casts a wide net and creates a rich visual experience with a broad range of local interpretations of home as a concept. (CLICK TO READ MORE)



Staffpicks: "Montage Lives! Our Artistic Past Informs The Future"

By Jo Anne Triple


Since creating art is usually a lone endeavor, it helps to have friends. Ed Hamilton, William M. Duffy and Gloucester Caliman “G.C.” Coxe realized that back in the 1970s when they formed Montage, an African-American artist collective. The other original 13 members were Gretchen Bradleigh, Bill Buchannan, Janice Carter, Robert (Bob) Carter, Sylvia Clay, David Cooper, Eddie Davis, George Embers, Janet Finger and Andrew Jackson. The exhibition is featuring work by six of the Montage artists. Duffy recently did an online Q&A with LEO where he mentions how excited he is that Embers is showing in the exhibition. “I recently reconnected with [Embers who] started his art career at the same time as mine. His work is incredible and I’m hoping he can get some recognition from the general public at some point.” The opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with food, drinks and music by The Ron Jones Quartet.


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Flux Expands to Second Location in West Louisville with Focus on Education and Growing New Businesses

When the Flux Transformation and Innovation Hub opens in the old Carnegie Library at 1718 West Jefferson Street next year, it will be a place to get things done.

That’s the way Charles Booker sees it. Booker is the Director of Partnerships and Development for 1619 Flux, a nonprofit group that opened an art gallery/event space on West Main Street in 2016. That building will continue to operate as 1619 Flux: Art + Activism, while the new space will be called 1718 Flux: Education + Entrepreneurism.

For nearly three years, the innovative space at 1619 has hosted a series of art exhibits and meetings designed to bring members of the community together to share ideas. The organization has now purchased the historic building on West Jefferson, built in 1912 as one of nine local Carnegie Libraries, which has been mostly vacant for the past two decades. 

“The synergies, the progress here (at 1619 Main) inspired it,” Booker says. “We’ve had the conversation series, bringing people together.”

For Kara Nichols, who had the idea to create 1619, the programming and art exhibits have been inspiring. She wanted to do more, Booker says...




Center for Neighborhoods president leads housing discussion at 1619 Flux

Tim Holz, president and board chair of Center for Neighborhoods, led a discussion about neighborhood revitalization at 1619 Flux: Art + Activism in the Portland neighborhood on Wednesday night.

“What About Housing?” was part of the 1619 Flux Provocative Prospectives Series, a partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville to encourage a community dialogue about pressing issues impacting the city’s future.

Each talk in the series, which started in February, features a guest speaker serving as a Provocateur and four group facilitators. After the Provocateur presents the topic, attendees break into smaller groups led by the facilitators to examine the topic on an even deeper level...




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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As he strolls through the art gallery he helps manage in west Louisville, Charles Booker is absorbed by so many of the pieces.

"Looks like somebody that's working really hard, and that resonates a lot with me," Booker said as he looked at a framed photograph of a man's tired face with his rough hands supporting his chin.

Booker is one of the directors of 1619 Flux. Though it's an art gallery now, that wasn't always the case. In fact, years ago, it was far from it.

"This was a run down space," Booker said. "This doorway was not there. Of course, there was no paint. Bushes and everything growing tall."...



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Visions of Power Exhibition Review

When visiting 1619 Flux: Art and Activism on a warm Saturday at the end of July, I’m greeted immediately by a space brimming with activity. Artist Bryan Holden is standing behind a large table covered in small plastic bins, where thousands of computer keys are waiting to be sorted for Holden’s upcoming public art project in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood. A couple of volunteers are assisting in separating, while a few other guests are casually strolling around the gallery...



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Portland gallery creates space for art and activism

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - When you think of an art gallery, you might picture a place for hushed and proper conversations. That's not what the owner of one gallery in the Portland neighborhood is trying to create.

Kara Nichols grew up in Louisville, but moved to New York, San Diego, and Chicago before returning home with a vision.



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How 1619 Flux plans to unify our community through creative expression

Don’t call 1619 Flux an art gallery. Certainly, it does show work in a gallery format; and it does sell work, but 1619 Flux is so much more.

Their mission is “to unify diverse people through creative expression as a catalyst for social change.” It is this distinction that separates them from most gallery spaces. 1619 exists to act as a conduit for people to connect through creative expression. Art is a part of that...



Former Psychologist Brings People Together Through Art and Activism at 1619 Flux Gallery

Kara Nichols grew up in Louisville’s East End, oblivious to what she would later see as a remarkably segregated city. After living in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, she came home with a determination to create something that would help diversify her hometown.

In April 2016, she opened the 1619 Flux: Art + Activism gallery on West Main Street, purposefully seeking out a home for her nonprofit that was firmly in West Louisville...


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Summit invites community to showcase Portland, Russell neighborhoods

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Center For Neighborhoods is holding its 2017 Neighborhood Summit. The day is meant to celebrate, support and strengthen areas in the west end. 

1619 Flux is one of nine nonprofit organizations and businesses that are opening their doors and acting as mobile workshops for neighborhood leaders...


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Art and Activism Collide in West Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS 11) - There’s a non-profit in West Louisville that is trying to help break through segregation of all sorts. It can be hard to get people of different ages, races, backgrounds, and beliefs to all work together in the same room, but it’s happening on a regular basis at 1619 Flux: Art + Activism...  (CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL VIDEO SEGMENT)



1619 Flux gallery features more than a dozen artists in "Meet Your Neighbors: LGBTQ Perspectives"

More than 12 visual artists and six spoken-word performers are converging at the West Louisville gallery and event space known as 1619 Flux: Art + Activism for an exhibition that’ll explore voices that are often marginalized in our society. “Meet Your Neighbors: Feminine & LGBTQ Perspectives” opens Saturday and will continue throughout the month, featuring several exhibit-related events along the way.  (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)


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1619 Flux: Not just an art gallery

Staff members of 1619 Flux Art + Activism were in the middle of planning an exhibit for the nonprofit's one-year anniversary when a man wandered into its Portland gallery to ask if there was any interest in showing his work.


The man had recently been released from prison after five years, founding director Kara Nichols said, and he'd been pounding the pavement trying to get his work seen.

Other galleries hadn't been interested. But at 1619 Flux, the request perfectly coincided with the theme of its next show: "Neighborhood Revitalization & The Creative Flow." (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)



"Neighborhood revitalization & the creative flow"

Of the many ways a neighborhood can be revitalized, the use of creativity can be the most interesting and effective, whether for a day or a lifetime. That’s what the co-curators of the exhibition “Neighborhood Revitalization & The Creative Flow” know.  (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)



Feature: 1619 Flux

Kara Nichols and Jessie Levesque did not want to open an art gallery on West Main Street. Not that there’s anything wrong with that notion, it’s just that the pair had something else in mind.  (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)


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Iraqi-born artist Vian Sora presents her latest work, ‘Displaced Narratives,’ at 1619 Flux

When she was 4 years old, Vian Sora was given a paintbrush with some water colors and crayons by her grandparents. She recalls her immediate fondness for recreating various shapes and patterns she encountered inside her house. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)


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Down the Rabbit Hole with Kaveh Zamanian; Art and Activism with Vian Sora and Kara Nichols

Iraqi-born painter Vian Sora knows the hard realities of war from the months she spent painting in Baghdad (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST CLIP)
Iraqi-born artist's new work references ravages of war

Iraqi-born painter Vian Sora knows the hard realities of war from the months she spent painting in Baghdad after the American invasion inspired the images that she put on her canvas. She continued her painting after marrying a Louisville native and moving to this city...  (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)


10 things to do under $5 this week in Louisville

1619 FLUX’s fall exhibition is showcasing work by Iraqi-born and self-taught painter Vian Sora (who now lives and works in Louisville). Her new series of artwork illustrates “life narratives of those who have suffered during wars, as a result of oppression of race, religious minorities and sexuality.” So hold off on the usual Friday boozing and debauchery, and take a second to reflect on this impressive work and important message.  (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)


1619 Flux opens in west Louisville to help foster art, activism, discussion and desegregation

Kara Nichols is bold, frank, hard-working, inclusive, unafraid and just a little bit feisty. When she sets her sights on something, it will be done. And if you aren’t with her, you’re against her. But perhaps this is just what Louisville needs right now — someone who addresses injustice with honesty and compassion. Her overarching goal with opening 1619 Flux — a new art gallery/community center/nonprofit in west Louisville — is to desegregate the city. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)


1619 Flux bridges the gap between Russell and Portland with art
and activism

If you walk along West Main Street, you might not have ever noticed a humble concrete block warehouse set way back off the street behind a chain-link and barbed-wire fence. Located between 16th and 17th streets, the space was used for little more than storage. But in just a couple weeks, it will be hard not to see how that warehouse is making an impact in tearing down the Ninth Street Divide. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)


Art of all stripes featured in
B. KIND events

The opening of a new art space called 1619 Flux: Art + Activism and the launch of a mini-festival called Louisville B. KIND dovetail this week in efforts to creatively encourage the connection of people across a segregated city. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)