CHURCHILL DOWNS AND HUMANA PRESENT KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION JUSTICEFEST

WATCH IT LIVE MAY 22!

 

In this inaugural event for Jefferson County students, local school children from grades 3-12 are pitching ideas to propose solutions to community-wide issues! Then on Saturday, May 22, they will present them to community leaders with hopes of initiating change. 

Students are bringing to the table topics on homelessness, trash disposal concerns, inclusiveness, and historical content from diverse communities. Their projects include interviewing and publishing books on justice issues, producing documentaries and animation to further the story and creating opportunities for hope and healing in Louisville, KY. 

The 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation JusticeFest is being produced as part of the recently announced Derby Equity and Community Initiative, with Kentucky Derby Festival, Churchill Downs and Humana.

This program is one of a kind, and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation is bringing business and community leaders, along with mentors, advisers, teachers and other professionals to hear their ideas. 

 

While the event is not open to the public, interested viewers can watch via livestream on the Derby Festival’s YouTube Channel HERE.

 

JusticeFest Schedule:

9 A.M.: Welcome Programming 

Meditation by Ariana Tulay 

Performance by Mighty Shades of Ebony “Red Line 

Welcome from JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio 

Overview by Matt Kaufmann, Nyree Clayton-Taylor, Dodie Howlett

9:30 A.M.: Morning Performances

Performance by Nadia Bansford and Aaliyah Compton

Performance by Dina Busaleh

9:45 A.M.: Morning Pitches

12:15 P.M.:  Afternoon Performances

Performance by Sage Snyder

Performance by Lucas McCranney 

Speakers & Special Guests 

Performance by Hannah Drake

Performance by The Young Prodigys’ “Crown” 

Remarks from Matt Kaufmann & Nyree Clayton-Taylor on Justice Now

2 P.M.: Afternoon Pitches

4:30 P.M.: Event Closing

*Schedule is subject to change, as of 5.7.21. By invitation ONLY, not open to the public

 

WATCH IT LIVE MAY 22!

 

Do you have a participating Student?

For information about your student’s schedule, pitch or other questions, please contact your student’s Justice Now teacher/coach.

 


 

Contribute to the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation to help fund Education Programs like JusticeFest!

 

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The Foundation perpetuates the Festival’s impact on the community by developing projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area’s cultural heritage. It works to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances and producing educational programming on the Festival’s schedule of events, such as a Student Art Contest, STEM Robotics Competition and a Quick Recall Tournament.

The annual charitable impact of the Foundation is nearly $250,000.

All contributions made to the Foundation are tax-deductible.