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Our Emotional Wellbeing

Bricks from Hannah Drake's These Are My Bricks arts activity.

Bricks from Hannah Drake's These Are My Bricks arts activity.

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 team member Carter Hatchett participates in Josh Miller’s Showing up 100 arts activity.

Louisville Youth Group team member Carter Hatchett participates in Josh Miller’s Showing up 100 arts activity.

Student and Justice League member at Meyzeek looks into mirror created through Chris Radtke’s Unmix the Message arts activity.

Student and Justice League member at Meyzeek looks into mirror created through Chris Radtke’s Unmix the Message arts activity.

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:  

  • Resilient learners 

  • Globally and culturally competent citizens 

  • Emerging innovators  

  • Effective communicators  

  • Productive collaborators  


Our Emotional Wellbeing Artists:

Jasmine “Jazzy J” Reed  is a poet, writer, and youth advocate. Following her undergraduate career as a Psychology major at Eastern Kentucky University, Jazzy worked with the youth in social services for seven years before submitting to the alignment of her passion for writing.  Click here to learn more .   Shawn Wade  is creator + artist of - Artistry of a Dreamer, specializing in acrylic painting and custom designs. Wade’s work has been featured on multiple platforms in the fashion industry, further expanding to other avenues.  Click here to learn more .   Talesha Wilson  is an artist and Louisville, Kentucky native who has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to self-awareness, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement.  Click here to learn more.

Jasmine “Jazzy J” Reed is a poet, writer, and youth advocate. Following her undergraduate career as a Psychology major at Eastern Kentucky University, Jazzy worked with the youth in social services for seven years before submitting to the alignment of her passion for writing. Click here to learn more.

Shawn Wade is creator + artist of - Artistry of a Dreamer, specializing in acrylic painting and custom designs. Wade’s work has been featured on multiple platforms in the fashion industry, further expanding to other avenues. Click here to learn more.

Talesha Wilson is an artist and Louisville, Kentucky native who has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to self-awareness, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. Click here to learn more.


Starting in August, Our Emotional Wellbeing activities will take place at Meyzeek on Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm, and with Louisville Youth Group the first Friday and second 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 Sutherland Foundation, Brown-Forman, the Kentucky Civic Engagement Table, and an Arts Fund Grant from Louisville Metro Government. Additional funding is still being sought.


Have questions about OEW? Feel free to contact the artists at IDEAS xLab to learn more.