About Us

Our Mission:

To ignite community engagement and promote awareness of current social issues through education and cultural expression.

Who We Are

The Arts Caravan in collaboration with other charitable organizations, has developed audience-inclusive traveling programs, which are intended to stimulate civic engagement, promote literacy, and motivate audiences to take action and get involved in their communities.  The programs include socially relevant short plays, interactive improvisation, living history presentations, face-to-face panel discussions, educational workshops, distribution of educational and community resources, and access to public library materials.  The Arts Caravan travels to many public venues throughout Louisville annually, including events at the Ali Center, the Garvin Gate Blues Festival, the Better Block celebration in the Beechmont neighborhood, the Summerbridge program, and many others.

How it Works

Touring Multi-Use Vehicles

The key of our project and what started everything: recycled public transportation vehicles that today serve the streets of Louisville as mobile stage, library, and meeting room.

Interactive Productions

Different productions run in all of our programs. We use different performing art formats to educate, create awareness, and stimulate engagement of the audiences to take action beyond our events.

Roleplaying through Improv

Nothing facilitates talking about current controversies better thanadding games, prizes, and laughter. Our Improv programs offer a safe space for audiences to express concerns and laugh at themselves.

Reference Materials

Literature is made available from the Louisville Public Library and other community partners on a wide range of subjects. We also give away thousands of free books per year.

Our History

1995

The Dream

The possibility of the recycled buses becoming touring art centers was the subject of many conversations, but it was just a dream.

2014

The Realization

On November 8th, 2014, a retired mass transit bus, donated by TARC, drove into the Louisville Zoo, where we proudly piloted potential Arts Caravan programming in partnership with another existing arts organization.

2016

Giant Baby Steps

Having received only one grant for less than 10% of the required budget, The Arts Caravan reached nearly 100,000 people in Louisville, KY.

2018

The Arts Caravan, Inc.

After for years of steady growth The Arts Caravan lauched as an independent 501c3 organization in July to to better serve the communities in Louisville, KY.