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The Year of Arts, HeALIng, and Action!

The culmination of the Year of Arts, HeALIng, & Action! and the launch of the Center for Creative Placehealing at University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences on January 25, 2019 brought together dynamic artistic performances including the Louisville Ballet and Teddy Abrams, along with lightning talks by Louisville-based organizations and Louisville Health Advisory Board members.

“This is so exciting,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi about the launch of the Center for Creative Placehealing directed by Theo Edmonds. “For me, this is so important, because when we think about health and wellbeing - we have to take a holistic approach to healing... we have to be a community of care.” President Neeli described the historical precedent of how the arts, and culture, have played a role in healing, and the opportunity the Center created for UofL.

To fully closeout the Year of Arts, HeALIng, & Action! IDEAS xLab and the Ali Center will be releasing the Guide to Greatness in Spring 2019, an arts + health neighborhood toolkit made possible with funding from Humana Foundation and the Fund for the Arts.


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 delve into how culture shapes health including: 

  • 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


It has been tremendous to see the breadth of participants who have been engaged through AHA! Moments in 2018, from young people to athletes, artists to corporate and civic leaders, all delving into creative approaches to health and wellbeing. Our final AHA! event focused into environmental health — both the physical environment, and the spaces where we spend so much of our time, like the workplace. From air quality to diversity and inclusion, the environment can impact our healthy days and quality of life.
— Josh Miller, co-founder and CEO of IDEAS xLab and co-chair of the Louisville Health Advisory Board’s Communications committee

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

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 - we leverage the power of arts, culture, and the creative industries to support health and wellbeing innovation. Through drumming circles, poetry slams, visual art exercises, and writing workshops - we’ve seen communities – both urban and rural – come together to drive positive health outcomes.  Whether it’s an urban neighborhood advocating for policy change,  middle-school students focused on environmental justice solutions,  or community residents partnering with a federally qualified health center to leverage art for space beautification and to decrease medical mistrust –  approaches grounded in culture, and fueled by the arts, can support a community as it celebrates its identity and designs solutions with lasting health impact.  


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.