IDEAS xLab Team
IDEAS xLab is a dynamic artist-run nonprofit based in Louisville, KY committed to leveraging the power of community creativity and culture to transform people’s lives through art.
Our HEAL Community Approach supports communities in their drive toward positive health outcomes through music and drumming circles, open mic poetry slams, visual art exercises, writing workshops and more.
Through our partnership with UofL through the Center for Creative Placehealing, we are measuring the impact of our artist-led initiatives on hope and belonging.
Our Partnership with University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
Creative places, fueled by culture, become even more sustainable when they are BACKED BY SCIENCE - which is why we formed an exciting collaboration with University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences called the UofL Center for Creative Placehealing (launching early 2019). Directed by Theo Edmonds (an original co-founder of IDEAS xLab), the new Center for Creative Placehealing will support scientific research and innovation development in public health to further strengthen the impact of the HEAL Community Approach and Smoketown Hopebox.
We are grateful for the generous support and thought partnership of our organizational funders listed below. And, especially, to the many private donors who selflessly give of their time, talent and treasure to support our work.
Educational Foundation of America | National Endowment for the Arts | ArtPlace America | Health Impact Project -- a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with support from the Kresge Foundation | Humana, Inc. | Humana Foundation | KentuckyOne Health | Metro Louisville Government | Owsley Brown III | Clifton Foundation | Louisville Fund for the Arts | Community Foundation of Louisville | Gheens Foundation | Sutherland Foundation | Brown-Forman
IDEAS xLab has evolved over the years from an art exhibition program (2012), to a creative chamber of commerce (2013-2014), a for-profit LLC with a nonprofit arm, and into it's current form - a dynamic 501c3 nonprofit focused on arts-based, culturally-responsive change initiatives designed to positively impact health and wellbeing.
Erik Eaker, Chair
Workforce Development Initiatives at
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Community Foundation of Louisville
Theo Edmonds, JD,MHA,MFA
Director, Center for Creative Placehealing
University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
(Co-founder IDEAS xLab)
Dr. Craig Blakely
Dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
University of Louisville School of Medicine
National Arts Advisor