PARTNERSHIP History

CCP began as a collaboration with IDEAS xLab. Since 2014, IDEAS xLab has trained over 60 artists and creatives from 5 countries -- a large majority of whom were African Americans, people of color, LGBTQ+, rural, or women -- on culturally-responsive innovation projects (cultural solutions) designed to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life across 4 states (KY,NC,MS,LA). The prototype was called the HEAL Community Approach (Health. Equity. Arts. Learning.). An evaluation of HEAL was conducted by the University of Louisville School of Public Health in 2017-2018 which found that HEAL positively impacted hope and created new social/cultural capital in historically marginalized communities. In July 2018, IDEAS xLab’s co-founder, Theo Edmonds, joined the faculty at the University of Louisville School of Public Health to formalize and expand the collaborative work of previous years, and to connect this ground-breaking work with other University resources and with the private sector. Center for Creative Placehealing (CCP) is the result. Below are our current partners with whom we have worked with in our launch year. This coming fall (2019), CCP will be announcing a host of new partners for the Cultural Wellbeing 2020 initiative.