Community Development Sector

  • Collaborative programming between artists and YouthBuild Louisville resulted in annual volunteerism in the Smoketown community rising from 350 individuals (2014) to over 1500 (2016).
  • A spoken word artist created a policy initiative to limit predatory advertising. Both Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and Humana have supported the initiative with funding and as thought partners.
  • Project HEAL partners advocated for improvements to municipal government notification policies related to new liquor store licenses.  As a result Metro Government changed its notification policies and the State of Kentucky denied licenses to two new stores attempting to locate in Smoketown.
  • IDEAS xLab’s expertise in creative placemaking, social entrepreneurship and community development attracted over one million dollars in national funding to Louisville that directly funded new cultural and health equity programs (2014-2017).

Arts and Culture Sector

  • Through IDEAS xLab’s advocacy and leadership, Imagine 2020, Louisville’s new regional arts and cultural master plan, is the first in the nation to include a specific population health research strategy – a key step in the effort to make Louisville the national thought leader in arts and public health.
  • Americans for the Arts honored the collaborative work of Humana and IDEAS xLab as one of the Top 10 Business-Arts Partnerships in America in 2017. General Electric and IDEAS xLab won the honor for their collaboration in 2015.

Health and Wellness Sector

  • Louisville has a growing team of experts working at the intersection of arts, culture and population health    research through the Center for Art & Health Innovation -- a partnership formed in 2017 between IDEAS    xLab and the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky at the University of Louisville School of Public Health &    Information Sciences.
  • For the work being done at the intersection of health equity, data-driven decision-making and social    entrepreneurship in arts/culture, Louisville was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with its 2016 Culture of Health Prize. This is the highest honor given by the largest funder of healthcare in the world.