Louisville Magazine

DEC 2018

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keeplouisvilleweird.com 12 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.18 LIBA Partner Pages watershedfestky.com Lance Minnis calls Kentucky "a glistening little green gem" and is enthusiastic about keeping its waterways and green spaces clean and available to everyone. Minnis is the mastermind behind Watershed Festival Kentucky, a music and storytelling weekend in Louisville that raises money for water preservation and economic justice programs across the state. "We want to de-silo people around issues of water quality, sustainability and economic justice," says Minnis, founder of Luminary, Inc., the non-profit that launched Watershed Festival. "Social media and politics have really fractured people into these little political camps. We want to talk across these divides." The next Watershed Festival kicks off August 25-27, 2019. There will be a dozen bands over two days, beer trucks, food and square dancing. Music embraces a Kentucky theme with bluegrass, Appalachian string bands, jug bands, blues, and river jazz. Headliner for the recent Watershed Festival was Dom Flemons, the Grammy-winning member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. One reason Luminary, Inc. was founded is to keep Kentucky's lush waterways pure and accessible to all for generations to come. "Kentucky has more navigable waterways than any other state in the U.S. except Alaska," Minnis says. "Hundreds of thousands of residents fish, canoe and swim in our water." Because of pollution in the Ohio River A conversation with Lance Minnis, founder of Luminary, Inc. By Rachel Reynolds and strip mining in Eastern Kentucky that creates toxic runoff, Minnis says Kentucky must be intentional about preserving the quality of its waterways. Also, as out-of-state real estate developers build new hotels and structures, residents need to advocate for the preservation of urban green spaces. "The Ohio River has been a mess for a long time," Minnis says. "If they're dumping stuff in Pittsburgh, we're going to get it here. And Beargrass Creek is one of the most polluted waterways in Kentucky." In addition to the Watershed Festival, Luminary sponsors other music and storytelling events throughout the year. Regan Wann, Minnis' wife and a storyteller and educator in her own right, oversees one-day true storytelling events and workshops. The next event is scheduled for January 19, 2019 in Louisville. Because January is Anti-Human Trafficking Month, the storytelling and music will revolve around this theme. Members of the community are invited to participate by attending or telling true stories about the effects of human trafficking. Tickets went on sale for next year's Watershed Festival in November. "We need a lot of volunteers for the main event," Minnis says, adding that those interested in volunteering at the next Watershed Festival can contact him at watershedfestky@gmail.com.

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