Leveraging the power of arts, culture, and the creative industries to frame, seed, and scale innovation in health and wellbeing.
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IDEAS xLab Team

Josh Miller    Co-Founder, CEO

Josh Miller
Co-Founder, CEO

Hannah Drake    Cultural Strategist

Hannah Drake
Cultural Strategist

Chris Radtke   Artist Liaison, Curriculum Development

Chris Radtke
Artist Liaison, Curriculum Development

About Us

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.

Click here to learn more about the University of Louisville School of Public Health

Our Funders

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

Our History

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

Jared Giles
Workforce Development Initiatives at
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

Whitney Mattingly
Switcher Studio

Jan Walther
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

Karan Chavis
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Ayelet Aldouby

Colleen Keegan
National Arts Advisor