IDEAS xLAB
Leveraging the power of arts, culture, and the creative industries to frame, seed, and scale innovation in health and wellbeing.
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About

 Photo from IDEAS xLab’s Catalytic Forces 2017 hosted in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, including team members, partners, artists, and researchers from multiple states.

Photo from IDEAS xLab’s Catalytic Forces 2017 hosted in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, including team members, partners, artists, and researchers from multiple states.

The IDEAS xLab Story

IDEAS xLab has evolved from an exhibition program (2012) and creative chamber of commerce (2013-2014) to a dynamic nonprofit (2015-present) focused on arts-based, culturally-responsive change initiatives designed to positively impact health and wellbeing.

Currently providing technical assistance to partner sites in more than 5 states, with a predominant focus on the South and Appalachia, we are committed to leveraging the power of arts, culture, and the creative industries to frame, seed, and scale innovation.

Our work at IDEAS xLab has 2 primary focus areas:

  • CREATIVE PLACES: Activating the creativity of communities through arts-based discovery (Project HEAL Model).

  • FUELED BY CULTURE: Arts-inspired, sustainable, community impact initiatives (HOPEBOX).

Our Partnership with University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences

Creative places, fueled by culture, become even more sustainable when they are BACKED BY SCIENCE.

In Summer 2018, we began planning a new and exciting collaboration with University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences called The Center for Creative Placehealing (launching early 2019). Housed within UofL’s Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, and Directed by Theo Edmonds (an original co-founder of IDEAS xLab), the new Center for Creative Placehealing will support scientific research and innovation development in public health to further strengthen the impact of Project HEAL and HOPEBOX.

Additionally, the new Center will be focused on establishing the University of Louisville as a national leader in:

  1. Forging industry-engaged R&D which adapts public health research for re-imagining private sector Corporate Social Responsibility;

  2. Developing intersectional (LGBTQ, African-American, Lantinx, Women, etc) population health innovation leadership, education, training & professional development programs; and,

  3. Creating advocacy, messaging and policy innovation toward creating a culture of health in business through evidence-based programming with the advertising sector & creative industries.

Click here to learn more about the University of Louisville School of Public Health

IDEAS xLab Team

Josh Miller
Co-Founder

Chris Radtke
Curriculum Development

Ayelet Aldouby
Curator

Hannah Drake
Cultural Strategist

BOARD

Erik Eaker, Chair
Humana

Jared Giles
Workforce Development Initiatives at
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

Caitlin Cambron
Interapt

Rachel Kamau
WRK Consulting

Jan Walther
American Cancer Society

ADVISORS

Theo Edmonds, JD,MHA,MFA
Director, Center for Creative Placehealing
University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
(Co-founder IDEAS xLab)


Dr. Monica Wendel
Director, Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky
University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences

Dr. Craig Blakely       
Dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences

Karan Chavis
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Colleen Keegan
National Arts Advisor 

Our Funders

We are grateful for the generous support and thought partnership of our organizational funders listed below.  And, especially, to the many private donors who selflessly give of their time, talent and treasure to support our work.

Educational Foundation of America | National Endowment for the Arts | ArtPlace America  |  Health Impact Project -- a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with support from the Kresge Foundation  |  Humana, Inc.  |  Humana Foundation |  KentuckyOne Health  |  Metro Louisville Government   |  Owsley Brown III  | Clifton Foundation  |  Louisville Fund for the Arts

Partners: Arts+Culture

The Muhammad Ali Center (KY)

Arts Council of New Orleans (LA)

Beneath the Veneer Film Project (NC)

Breathitt County + Jackson City School Systems (KY)

University of Kentucky School of Art & Visual Studies (KY)

National Coalition of 100 Black Women - SW MS Chapter (MS)

Scent of Natchez (MS)

Miss-Lou Heritage Tours (MS)

Natchez Heritage Cooking (MS)

 

 

Partners: Health+Wellbeing

Humana (KY/LA)

Louisville Health Advisory Board (KY)

Making Connections (LA)

Mississippi State Department of Health (MS)

Buncombe County Health & Human Services (NC)

Metro Louisville Government Department of Public Health & Wellness (KY)

University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences (KY)

University of Louisville School of Medicine (KY)

Breathitt County Health Department (KY)

Juniper Health (KY)

City of Santa Monica Office of Civic Wellbeing (CA)

 

Partners: Community Development

City of Natchez (MS)

City of Santa Monica Office of Civic Wellbeing (CA)

Bates Community Development Corporation (KY)

YouthBuild Louisville (KY)     

Metro Louisville Government Office of Resiliency | Office of Civic Innovation (KY)

St Roch Neighborhood Association (LA)