Our Emotional Wellbeing (OEW) is a 2-year initiative organized by IDEAS xLab, and designed to measurably impact hope and belonging of young people 12 – 20 years old through an arts-based co-creation process. The leadership team includes photographer Josh Miller, poet Hannah Drake, and visual artist Chris Radtke.
Our youth-serving partner organizations:
Louisville Youth Group
Justice League at Meyzeek Middle School
Bates Kingdom Academy
We believe our students and young people have the power to impact lives. Their life, the lives of family and friends, lives around the globe.
By collaborating with local artists, young people can harness their power to create hope, building on their values as young leaders. Imagine creating a set of projects, activities and experiences with artists that could be used by other groups of young people to impact hope and belonging – which can impact academic achievement, and your health!
To understand and document the impact of OEW, we are working with University of Louisville's Center for Creative Placehealing, a team that also includes an artist, and leader with experience in youth development and leadership.
Our Emotional Wellbeing embodies principles from the JCPS Backpack for Success including cultivating:
Globally and culturally competent citizens
Starting in August, Our Emotional Wellbeing activities will take place at Meyzeek on Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm, and with Louisville Youth Group one Friday and one Wednesday evening of each month. Not involved in either location? You still have time to get involved and to participate!
Our Emotional Wellbeing is made possible by funding from a private foundation, Brown-Forman, the Kentucky Civic Engagement Table, and an Arts Fund Grant from Louisville Metro Government. Additional funding is still being sought.