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Side by Side is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals of all ages to develop confidence and compassion through creative arts-based approaches to advocacy and education.


We offer preschool, elementary-aged, teens, and family art programs. We specialize in programs focused on process-based art, purposeful and child-led learning, social and emotional skills, and Project-Based education philosophies. 

Community Programs

  • Customized Art Education for Pre-K through High School-aged Children.

  • Family Art Events

  • Trauma-Informed Art Based Programming

  • Teacher Training

  • After School Art Groups

  • Community Building Through Art Events

  • Mobile Art Bus, Our Studio on Wheels

Community Partners

  • Metro United Way

  • Community Foundation

  • Neighborhood House

  • The ACE Project

  • Linking East & West

  • Louisville Metro Government in partnership with the Fund for the Arts--Imagine Greater Louisville 2020.

  • Fund For the Arts

  • Pheonix Rising

  • Kentucky Foundation for Women

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Our Team...


Kim Frazier-Pirog: Founder and Director


Kim, the mother of two and founder of Side by Side, has been working with children and youth for 20 years.  She holds multiple degrees including a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Studio Arts from the University of Louisville, as well as a degree in Health and Human Services. Kim has studied with and has received training from Harvard Project Zero, Attachment and Trauma Network, The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning, Conscious Discipline, Boulder Journey School in Colorado, Early Learning Insitute at the University of Tennessee, and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.


Read the story of Side by Side on Fund for the Arts Blog.

Susie Roethgen: Studio Manager & Whole Child Teacher

Susie is a Northern California native but has lived in Louisville since 2004 with her husband and their children Sam and Sadie. She received her BFA from Hunter College New York followed by participation in the NYC Teaching Fellows Program where she gained immeasurable experience working with underserved children with ASD.  With 14 years as a preschool teacher she believes in the value of learning through exploration and play. 

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Jaclyn Darst: Whole Child Teacher & Assistant Studio Manager 

Jaclyn is a Louisville native with a passion for education and arts. She earned her BFA in Fiber arts at U of L and has a decade of experience in the public school setting. When she is not creating new mixed media works she is playing volleyball, hanging with her cats, or cooking and eating yummy foods.

Rose Ellery: Community Engagement Coordinator

Rose has been a part of Side by Side Studio since her daughter (now in elementary school)  

attended Whole Child. She has stepped in as needed at Side by Side in the classroom or at Community Events over the years.  Now, as Community Engagement Coordinator she brings over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds, in the healthcare field and with nonprofits. She has worked with international and local nonprofits to raise funds and awareness of the work they do in the communities they serve.  Side By Side is thrilled to have Rose helping continue to make art accessible for all. 

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