Community Engagement

Community engagement activities coordinated by AIM since 2006

    Versailles Road Design Contest

  • Informational presentation about AIM to LFUCG Corridors Committee (which is made up of citizen and government representatives) in January, 2007.
  • Versailles Road pilot design contest proposal (with Letters of support from LexTran and LexArts) presented to Corridors Committee in March 2007 and received initial $10,000 funding.
  • Coordinated a year-long design contest process, including widely advertising the design contest through above process, processing entries, forming a selection committee of stakeholders (LexTran, LFUCG, LexArts, KTC, and AIM) to choose jurors and coordinating the design contest itself, which involved two jury meetings—first to choose three finalists and then to interview the finalists and choose a winner.
  • Developed partnership with and secured funding from Central Kentucky business/ institution Ale-8-One.

Art exhibit of 17 Versailles Road design entries (September, 2007) at Downtown Arts Center

  • In partnership with UK School of Architecture
  • During Gallery Hop, with catered reception provided by LexArts.
  • Public invited, as well as designers and artists whose works were on display.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Bottlestop shelter (August, 2008)

  • Public invited.
  • LexTran officials, Mayor, Vice-mayor, AIM board members, LFUCG planning division and Vice-President of Ale-8-One invited to speak.

Art Shelter Summit in October, 2008

  • Half-day conference in which LexTran officials, AIM board members, Vice-mayor Jim Gray, LFUCG planning staff and architects were invited to speak.
  • Public invited with special emphasis on invitations to architecture and artist communities.
  • Lunch catered by Stella’s Deli with donated AIM funds.

Dedication ceremony for Bottlestop (January 19, 2009), Kentucky’s first ‘art shelter’

  • Public invited.
  • All officials invited to speak/ribbon-cutting.
  • Received coverage on local TV news stations, radio, Herald-Leader, Courier-Journal and international design coverage.

East End shelter design/art mural stakeholder meetings

  • Held multiple meetings with community and East End neighborhood stakeholders identified by First District councilperson Andrea James’ office to review proposed shelter design donated by EOP Architects/gathered feedback.
  • Held stakeholder meeting to review sculptor Garry Bibbs’ potential designs for sculpture and gather feedback.
  • Held brainstorming session for art mural space that included Lexington Art League, LexArts, ArtsPower and individual artists.
  • Design firm, contractors and subcontractors donated expertise, services and goods to project.

Bluegrass/Newtown project

  • 100 percent of design and general contract administration services donated.
  • Multiple presentations before the Corridors Commission, which is made up of citizen and governmental representatives.
  • Secured funding from LexTran and Corridors Commission.

Linden Walk at Euclid design contest

  • Secured funding from University of Kentucky (Bob Wiseman and Lance Broeking, Facilities Management) and LexTran
  • Partnered with Historic Aylesford Neighborhood Association, University of Kentucky (Bob Wiseman, Lance Broeking) LexTran and LFUCG planning division to develop call for public design contest
  • Coordinated publicly-advertised design contest that brought entries from 18 design/design-build firms, UK School of Design and local sculptors.
  • Developed jury of stakeholders and experts, including neighborhood reps, LexArts and UK Architect Warren Denny.

Southland Drive public design contest

  • Part of $150,000 CMAQ grant LexTran received in partnership with AIM and Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Partnering with Good-Foods Co-op, The Southland Association, LexTran and LFUCG planning to develop call for public design contest

Leestown Road public design contest

  • Part of $150,000 CMAQ grant LexTran received in partnership with Lexington Area MPO
  • Partnering with developer Dennis Anderson, Meadowthorpe neighborhood association, Town Square Park HOA, Second District councilperson Tom Blues and LexTran on public design contest
  • Meadowthorpe neighborhood association, Town Square Park HOA providing $1000 for design prize, Urban County Council funds providing additional $1000 for design prize

Main Street design contest

  • Part of $150,000 CMAQ grant LexTran received in partnership with AIM and Lexington Area MPO
  • Partnering with Mentelle Neighborhood Association and Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) to negotiate easement and develop call for public design contest
  • Will partner with 5 Lexington high school recycling clubs to raise design prize funds.

UK Rose Street at Euclid project (February, 2010) to serve LexTran and UK shuttle system

  • Coordinated meeting with representatives of UK Art Museum, Singletary Center, School of Design, UK Opera and Facilities Management to discuss art shelter that celebrates UK’s arts-related programs.
  • Met with  UK College of Landscape Design professor
  • Secured commitment of UK funds for 2011-2012 fiscal year.


Fundraising concerts with numerous local business, artists, music and design partners, widely advertised and public invited

  • The Dame (February 2008)
  • Natasha’s Bistro (February 2010)
  • Buster’s (April 2010)
  • Food contributed by Good Foods Co-op, Alfalfa’s and Stella’s Deli.


Outreach through media:

  • GTV
  • Business Lexington
  • LexTran’s website and publications
  • Herald-Leader
  • ACE Magazine
  • ProgressLex
  • neighborhood association newsletters

Coordation with other local groups:

  • Lexlinc
  • Bluegrass Green Expo
  • BGCF Legacy Center
  • Roots and Heritage Festival Committee
  • Fayette Alliance
  • Bluegrass PRIDE
  • numerous planning and MPO groups
  • neighborhood associations and FCNC







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