Amy Word, owner of Lamasco Bar, Amy’s on Franklin, and founder of the Franklin Street Events Association is the force behind the development of the West Franklin Street district. Amy was a science teacher when she had a dream that changed her life. She was returning to the classroom after a sabbatical to care for her young children, when the opportunity presented itself to purchase Lamasco Bar and Grill. That night, she dreamed of converting the old Lamasco into a music venue. Without benefit of experience or business training, she bought the bar and learned on the job. She has used the nearly decade of experience to open her newest business venue, which is her namesake, and on the street where it all began, Amy’s on Franklin.Through her leadership, Franklin Street has tackled large projects, from Gumbo Cook Off (raising $120,000 for local non profits), Mardi Gras on Franklin, TED: Trolley of Evansville Districts, and the new Stop Light City Playground.Being in a male dominate profession Amy sets an example of pushing boundaries, breaking molds and embracing innovation. Through hosting events like Open Mic Night, Pride Events, and Equal Pay Day, Amy demonstrates how a business can bring diversity and inclusion to a business model, and awareness to the community. Her passion is her family, music and the arts, and community. When she gets downtime, she loves to sit on the porch and play guitar. She has three children, Isabelle (a senior at Indiana University), Andrew (a sophomore at Williams College in Massachusetts), and Cecilia (who is in her third year at Montessori).