From local to national projects and collective impact initiatives, IDEAS xLab is honored to be collaborating with partners who are dedicated to challenging the status quo, who are evolving toward new, cultural narratives around health and wellbeing, and who are actively incorporating arts and culture as catalysts for creating a more just, creative and healthy America.
The Year of Arts, HeALIng, and Action! is a year-long initiative focused on how creative approaches and grass-roots to grass-tops network building can impact social, mind/body, environmental and economic health in Louisville, KY.
From providing 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 to operationalizing the 6 Core Principles of Ali, we're excited to engage everyone from corporate leaders to neighborhood associations in the planning and implementation of AHA!
Louisville, KY | National
Louisville, KY was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize in 2016.
IDEAS xLab, Greater Louisville Project, Community Foundation of Louisville and KentuckyOne Health were the Louisville leadership team who led our city to being chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country for the prestigious RWJF Prize.
We are honored that our work was featured by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the factors contributing to the Culture of Health in Louisville!
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. IDEAS xLab co-founder, Theo Edmonds, is lead design consultant to CenterLink's Dr. Regina Washington, Director of LGBT HealthLink in her work with the CDC to establish a national LGBTQ+ Center of Excellence health model.
The mission of the Derby Diversity Business Summit (DDBS) is to support organizations who work to advance Diverse Owned Businesses. IDEAS xLab leads culturally-responsive design for DDBS efforts to explore how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and philanthropy can create new value for business and deepen its impact by developing a social innovation model in partnership with communities of interest (i.e., POC, LGBTQ+, Women, Veterans).
Southern + Appalachian
The personal is political. Our stories illuminate fundamental elements of human nature. ShPIeL-Bunbury Identity Institute is a dynamic new theatre and performance incubator project; producer of innovative works putting identity, culture and heritage into “play”. IDEAS xLab’s collaboration with Bunbury-ShPIeL Institute brings together creatives in a retreat setting to explore themes that resonate across time, gender, race, sexual orientation, class and religion. The summer of 2018 will be launch of this exciting new program for storytellers to collectively workshop original works about ethnicity, heritage, culture, gender identities, etc.
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.
IDEAS xLab team member Theo Edmonds co-chairs the Cultural/Social Impact Committee, and Josh Miller co-chairs the Communications Committee.
IDEAS xLab intentionally crafts an approach that puts artists working together with healthcare professionals. Beginning Spring 2017, IDEAS xLab embarked on a new partnership to activate new thinking around health equity and social justice by pairing artists together with medical students at the University of Louisville in The Health and Social Justice Scholars Program. The project is focused on addressing the gaps in access to care in the Smoketown community related to medical mistrust by administering the Medical Mistrust Index (MMI) to Smoketown residents and local healthcare providers.
This Neighborhood Plan is a compilation of community voices documented by
graduate students from the University of Louisville Master of Urban Planning Program, and supported by the Smoketown Neighborhood Association and supported by Meyzeek Middle School and YouthBuild Louisville (hosting community meetings), Steam Exchange (for inviting us to work with youth), IDEASxLab and Project Heal (for collaboration), and Shirley Mae’s Cafe for providing helpful insight.