THE WORLD IS BEFORE YOU AND YOU NEED NOT TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT AS IT WAS WHEN YOU CAME IN.
-JAMES A. BALDWIN
We are driving large-scale social change by training artists to become a unique force of social entrepreneurs in the health sector. We help to create equitable places and nurture healthy communities.
Through direct engagement with corporations, communities and governments, IDEAS xLab's framework for art + health innovation empowers artists and cultural workers to extend their reach, deepen their impact, and fundamentally improve the health of society.
We do this through:
1. Prioritizing learning: We are intently interested in creating knowledge for the betterment of the entire creative placemaking field. We focus on not just learning for evaluation, but field-relevant learning, about trends at the intersection of arts/culture and health. This focus forms the basis for innovation, transformation, and sustainable impact.
2. Systems thinking and acting: We are intentional in our efforts to understand and address the full chain of factors that contribute to health at a systems level, including the ecosystem of relevant players effectively working the intersection of art and health..
3. Democratizing access to assets: We focus on equitable access to assets rather than on individual ownership. To ensure this access, we work to create or leverage open source platforms.
4. Building long-term, diverse, transformational relationships: We inclusively and deliberately bring together unusual suspects who work together to build mutual trust, respect, and complementary activities over time, and foster transformational relationships across a wide range of stakeholders.
ideas xlab team
Louisville, KY | New York, NY
We are Proud that The Staff, Governance and Leadership of both IDEAS xLab and Creative AGents of Change are 100% comprised of Women, LGBTQ or People of Color and represent Different faith Traditions.
Ayelet Danielle Aldouby | Chief Curator + Partner (New York, NY)
Based in New York, Ayelet is a public art and social practice curator focusing on the tools of social practice as manifested in the intersection of art and health. Ayelet has curated numerous public art projects commissioned by the Alliance for Downtown NY among others and as the special projects curator for RU implemented art projects in the NY public school system, and in civic and corporate settings.
As a mentor for artists, Ayelet believes it is instrumental for artists to expand their role in society by creating an impact beyond the traditional "white box".
Hannah Drake | Project HEAL Cultural Producer + Strategist (Louisville, KY)
Hannah Drake is an artist-advocate with an inspirational message. Frequently asked to speak throughout the country, she brings message of hope and deliverance believing that poetry can ignite true transformation. Hannah is a veteran performer whose credits include the legendary Showtime at the Apollo in Harlem. In 2014 she joined Roots and Wings, a dynamic group of artists that seek to bring social change in Louisville. Before joining IDEAS xLab, Hannah spent many years as Pastoral Administrative Assistant to Dr. F. Bruce Williams at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Smoketown. (Louisville, KY) In her role with IDEAS xLab, Hannah acts as a lead artist for Project HEAL and other community-related initiatives. Visit Hannah's website to learn more.
Born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of south eastern Kentucky, Theo is an artist and former healthcare executive who was selected as one of "50 People Changing the Face of the South in 2015" by Southern Living Magazine. Over the past 3 years, he has been dedicated to establishing new value paradigms and mutually-beneficial relationships between artists, entrepreneurs, corporations and emerging philanthropic structures. Theo is a founding co-director of Roots & Wings, Vice Chair of Americans for the Arts' Private Sector Council, a Commissioner on Louisville Metro's Commission on Public Art, Co-Chair of the Louisville Health Advisory Board's Cultural Committee, and a member of Louisville's LGBTQ+ Community Coalition. He was co-leader for Louisville's successful 2016 bid to be named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner.
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Josh is a photographer with a background in art administration, business, and editorial production. Since the launch of IDEAS xLab, he has engaged a broad spectrum of stakeholders around cultural and health equity while managing operations, documentation and special project implementation. Josh is Co-Chair of the Louisville Health Advisory Board's Communications Committee and a member of the Social/Cultural Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for Strive Inc and Creative Agents of Change Foundation, and is a member of Louisville's LGBTQ+ Community Coalition. He co-led Louisville's Culture of Health Prize application in 2016.
Jessica Oberdick | Administrative Coordinator (Louisville, KY)
Jessica Oberdick is a visual artist originally from West Virginia. She holds a BFA from Shepherd University, and was a co-founder of the non-traditional artist run space The Slant Factory in Charles Town, WV. Currently, she is the Gallery Manager at Zephyr Gallery and is also working toward her dual MA/MPA in Critical and Curatorial Studies and Non-Profit Management at the University of Louisville.
ShawnNika Marie Queen | Project HEAL Community Health Champion / In Partnership with KentuckyOne Health (Louisville, KY)
ShawnNika Marie Queen is the Community Health Champion for Project HEAL in Louisville, KY's Smoketown neighborhood. In collaboration with IDEAS xLab's Project HEAL team and artists, Shawnnika serves as a liaison and resource - working towards improving health, well-being, and equity by bridging gaps caused by health disparities in the community.
Chris Radtke | Partner (Louisville, KY)
Chris is a practicing artist, Commissioner on Louisville Metro's Commission on Public Art, and co-founder of Zephyr Gallery. She has been a valued advisor to IDEAS since it's inception, and joined the team to launch IDEAS xLab and further develop roles for artists as innovation consultants.
Notes on Self is Chris' ongoing series of installations that quietly, nearly imperceptibly respond to their environment. Gradually shifting and changing over time, they blur the boundaries between sculpture and drawing. chrisradtke.org
Mariko Takashima | Intern + Curatorial Assistant (New York, NY)
Mariko Takashima is an arts administrator based in New York, with a strong interest in exploring the role of the arts and artists in community health and urban revitalization. Mariko holds an MA from NYU in Visual Arts Administration.
Mallika Sabharwal, UofL Social Justice Scholar with IDEAS xLab
As an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, Mallika Sabharwal volunteered at the Equal Access Clinic, a student-run free clinic that provided medical care to underinsured communities in North Florida. Patients were often uninsured, homeless, or undocumented immigrants. Learning how the clinic addresses non-medical barriers she designed a social services resource manual for volunteers to refer to patients, like local GED classes and federal aid program enrollment. Before starting medical school, she worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health through the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. In Chicago, Mallika worked in the school-based sexually transmitted disease program which educated and tested high school students on the south and west sides of the city, areas of high morbidity that also lacked health care professionals.
Currently a second year medical student at the University of Louisville, Mallika is an active member of Students for a National Health Program, advocating for equitable and affordable healthcare for vulnerable populations.
CREATIVE AGENTS OF CHANGE, Governance BOARD
YouthBuild Louisville (Primary)
Creative Agents of Change Foundation (IDEAS xLab's Educational Non-profit for Support Advanced Artist Training + Social Change)
Potager du Roi (King's Kitchen Garden) Versailles, FR
The Special Project for Families Affected by Incarceration
Primary Operational Advisors:
Primary Research Partner:
Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky: A transdisciplinary collaborative for population health improvement, policy, and analytics at The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS).
National Advisory Curatorial Board:
Katherine Glaser Getchell, Deputy Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Barbara J. Bloemink, Ph.D., Curator
James Croak, Artist
Michael and Susan Hort, Collectors