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The Year of Arts, HeALIng, and Action!

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In January 2019, as the culmination of the Year of Arts, HeALIng, & Action!, our last event in the series will delve into environmental health, exploring everything from the impact of air quality on respiratory health to how our workplace environments impact our ability to thrive.

AHA! Moments will feature dynamic artistic performances by the Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, and Muhammad Ali Center, along with lightning talks by Louisville-based organizations and Louisville Health Adv members.

AHA! Moments is part of the launch of the newly created Center for Creative Placehealing at University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences.

 
 
 
 Preliminary planning session winter 2017 at IDEAS xLab.

Preliminary planning session winter 2017 at IDEAS xLab.

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What is the Year of Arts, HeALIng, and Action!?

Led by IDEAS xLab, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Health Advisory Board, and a cross-sector group of partners in Louisville, the Year of Arts, HeALIng, and Action! (AHA!) will host quarterly AHA! Moments, events that will: 

  • Spotlight individuals and organizations taking creative approaches to improving health and wellbeing,

  • Operationalize the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality,

  • Provide opportunities for co-creation, customer discovery and launching the GUIDE TO GREATNESS, an art + health neighborhood toolkit being developed by IDEAS xLab in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center, with support from the Humana Foundation and Fund for the Arts.

Read Insider Louisville’s story on AHA! Moments by click here!


Our inaugural AHA! Moments events were held April 2018 at the Muhammad Ali Center, and in the Smoketown neighborhood, and featured lightning talks at the intersection of creativity + health by artist Briana Harlan, Trinidad Jackson of Youth Violence Prevention Research Center, artist and IDEAS xLab team member Hannah Drake on One Poem At A Time, Meyzeek Middle School student Denim Moore, Darryl Young of the Muhammad Ali Center, Tom Walton on Smoketown HOPEBOX, spoken word performances, a visual installation, and more.

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Our 2nd AHA! Moments event focused on mind/body health in June 2018 featuring speakers including Montre Davis of Linkin’ Bridge, former UofL basketball player Herb Henry, Carlos Rivas of ProFormance, and Val Slayton of the Louisville Health Advisory Board - who shared their stories from inside the boxing ring at Louisville’s Top Knotch Boxing Gym. Organized by the Louisville Sports Commission, this AHA! Moments event also featured an interactive demonstration by David Thurmond of Dance with Your Team in Mind.

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As the culmination of WFPL and IDEAS xLab's collaborative Tough and Universal: Stories of Grit podcast series, the Tough and Universal: Identity Lens event was held November 15 at the Louisville Public Media studio on 4th Street. The focus on Identity was explored through an in-person interview conducted by WFPL's Erica Peterson, followed by arts and culture provocations curated by IDEAS xLab, and a facilitated discussion, looking at the intersection of health and economic vibrancy through the lens of identity. The event is part of the Year of Arts, HeALIng, and Action! (AHA! Moments), an initiative of the Louisville Health Advisory Board, IDEAS xLab, and the Muhammad Ali Center.


AHA! Quarterly Focus:

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Q1: Social Health

Q2: Mind/Body Health

Q3: Environmental Health

Q4: Economic Health


AHA! was designed to engage corporate leaders, organizations, and communities to think expansively about how arts and culture can positively impact our health, and to build grassroots to grasstops relationships to foster greater trust between Louisvillians.
— Josh Miller, Co-Founder and COO of IDEAS xLab.

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Mind/Body Workgroup during planning meeting at the Muhammad Ali Center.

Participating Organizations include:

  • Louisville Sports Commission / Louisville Active

  • Louisville Urban League

  • Louisville Ballet

  • Manhattan on Broadway

  • Churchill Downs

  • University of Louisville

  • Louisville Metro

  • Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

  • The Pete Foundation

  • Fund for the Arts

  • Humana, Inc.

  • Health Enterprise Network

  • Louisville Visual Art Association

  • Passport Health

 

Health equity is one of the most important issues that our city faces. Living a healthy lifestyle was an integral part to Muhammad Ali’s success. The Ali Center is honored to be a partner in the AHA! Initiative so that our community can be inspired by his legacy and learn that a healthy lifestyle is a multifaceted journey.
— - Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center.

 
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Support for the GUIDE TO GREATNESS - an art + health neighborhood toolkit being developed by IDEAS xLab in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center - provided by the Humana Foundation and Fund for the Arts.

 

About IDEAS xLab: 

At IDEAS xLab - our vision is a creative society where everyone has a fair chance to become their best self, which we realize by leveraging the power of arts, culture, and the creative industries to frame, seed, and scale innovation in health and wellbeing. For more information, please visit www.Culture.Health


About Muhammad Ali Center: 

The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org


More about the Louisville Health Advisory Board:

Launched in 2015 by Humana, Inc, the Louisville Health Advisory Board (LHAB) is comprised of more than 70 members including businesses, government, schools, civic and nonprofit organizations.  

LHAB's mission is to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Louisville, with the goal of increasing the number of Healthy Days – your quality of life – 20 percent by 2020 and beyond.

Having more Healthy Days means things like spending quality time with family, exploring the outdoors, working jobs that challenge and fulfill us and opportunities to learn new skills. Click here to learn more.