About Creative Agents of Change

The Creative Agents of Change Foundation (CAC) is a new source for advanced learning for artists interested in moving beyond the traditional boarders of the art world to use their skills in new ways.

Founded as the nonprofit educational arm of IDEAS xLab, CAC’s goal is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and training artists to help solve some of Louisville’s most pressing community health challenges.

 CAC believes that artists can become a unique force of social entrepreneurs and creators of community innovations that transform Louisville for the better. By connecting great creative minds with the mentors, resources and opportunities needed in order to bring positive change in the world, CAC will empower artists to extend their reach, deepen their impact, and help to increase health equity.


Open call for Kentucky Regional Artists: Agent of Health Artist Fellowship (Louisville/NYC)

IDEAS xLab, an artist innovation company (KY/NYC) and Residency Unlimited (NYC) are pleased to announce an open call available to four Kentucky/Regional-based artists for a one year Fellowship artist residency program.

The artist fellowship is designed for artists with an interest in community health and intended to support the drive to improved health outcomes with Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood. The residency project will unite various organizational partners to inspire the development of new socially-based projects with community members that create impact in health outcomes and ignite social change. The year long flexible time commitment includes a funded one month residency in NYC.

About Smoketown: Smoketown, the oldest African-American neighborhood in Louisville. It is located directly adjacent to the thriving business district and less than a block away from the highest concentration of hospitals, physicians and medical services in the state of Kentucky. Despite Smoketown's proximity to health care services, the life expectancy is 69 (same as Iraq) and almost 10 years below Louisville's average life expectancy.

This new Fellowship program is made possible through the support of the Creative Agents of Change Foundation (CAC) based in Louisville, KY, with a curatorial board in NYC.

Fellowship Dates: Fellows must design projects that can be achieved between April 2016 – March 2017. Selected fellows are required to be fully available for the NYC portion of the fellowship, May 31st- June 27th, but should specify any other “blackout” dates/obligations.


February 15, 2016: Letters of Interest (LOI)

March 1, 2016: Artists notification by email for RFP

March 15, 2016: Full Fellowship Proposal Due 

April 1, 2016: Finalists will be notified by email


- Visual, performance, new media, and interdisciplinary artists.

-Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply

-BFA +10 years working experience as an artist ( Life Experience will be taken under consideration) 

-MFA +5 years working experience as an artist ( Life Experience will be taken under consideration)

-A rigorous work ethic and demonstrated commitment to social, health and community issues are encouraged .

- Community-based project experience a plus but not mandatory

- MUST be interested in developing or deepening their creative work through a collaborative approach with the health care partners .

- MUST live in Kentucky region and close enough to Louisville to attend all program activities.

-Students are not eligible.


Artists will be selected by the Creative Agents of Change advisory board, independent curators and advisors, for a year long fellowship focusing on developing projects in Smoketown based upon four strategic areas of the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Model of Health Model :

1. Health Behaviors (i.e., Tobacco/Alcohol Use, Nutrition, Exercise and Sexual Behaviors)

2. Clinical Care Access (Mental or Physical)

3. Socio-economic Determinants of Health (i.e, Educational Attainment, Economic Well-being, Community Safety)

4. Physical or Built Environment (i.e., Housing, Air Quality, Transit)

More information on the RWJF model can be found at: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/roadmaps/what-works-for-health

Each selected artist will be paired with an anchor institution in Smoketown with whom the artist will work to realize their project. Anchor institutions are selected based upon their ability to represent the various social networks in the Smoketown community like Bates Memorial Church or YouthBuild Louisville. ARTIST WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK FULLY WITH AT LEAST ONE SMOKETOWN ANCHOR ORGANIZATION IN REALIZING THEIR PROJECT.

Selections will be based on the following criteria:

* The creativeness and integrity of the proposal

* Previously demonstrated ability to successfully collaborate with organizations and wider audiences

* The public component and its depth of engagement with the community


Recipients will be provided with a $5000 stipend towards project implementation. Full room, board and one round trip travel will be supplied for the NY residency segment. Residents are expected to cover personal living expenses.

DOWNLOAD The loi application HERE

Submit the form below with questions about the Agents of Health Artist Fellowship or Application: 

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