Debra's Social Stimulus

People. Planet. Purpose.

Debra Hensley’s Social Stimulus is about providing connectivity amid peers, among generations and between the varied dynamic groups that make up our community. Listen in as we explore the personal stories of inspiring community members who are making our community stronger. Then see it first hand at our informative gatherings, free and open to the public, where you’ll enjoy local food and dynamic local environments while learning about a shared local initiative. Join us as we celebrate our community and continue on a journey to a more engaged, vital and compelling place to live.

Good Lives, Good Lives Podcasts

Stimulating People with Stimulating Stories

Good Lives, Good Lives is an ongoing series of podcasts featuring stimulating individuals in the Lexington community.

Dr. Necia Desiree Harkless

“You create your own life”—This is the motto Dr. Necia Desiree Harkless lives by, a sentiment imparted to her by her father. Born and raised in Detroit, Dr. Harkness is an educator, musician, poet, author and scholar. She came to Lexington in the 1970s to develop the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Kentucky and was responsible for bringing about universal Kindergarten in our state. Her love for the arts led to spearheading the first African American Arts Festival in Lexington in 1980. Despite her accomplishments, Dr. Harkness does not consider herself an artist. Rather she views art as a vehicle for teaching, something she has shared with our community for decades.

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