October 6, 2016 / 9a-1p
A Cultural + Health Equity Convening

At Clinical & Translational Research Center at the University of Louisville

Presented by IDEAS xLab + Creative Agents of Change | Sponsored by University of Louisville Medical School


Today, in America, a zip code has more to do with life expectancy than genetic code. In both urban and rural settings, those with less income, education, social mobility, and people of color, experience poor health because of inequity. 

As a nation, we can change this if we have the intention to do so. 

There are systems of power in our nation that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result. These are human designed systems that can be changed. 

We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen. 

Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.  

Catalytic Forces 2016: The Opportunity of Equity will cultivate new pathways for connecting the work of cultural and health equity as mutually reinforcing actions that, together, show promise for producing a new training pipeline for cultural leaders, improving health outcomes and creating a more equitable society. 

Creative Agents of Change and IDEAS xLab are inviting our operational partners and advisors to Louisville for a day of knowledge sharing.  The morning session will also be live-streamed event so the others can learn along with us.


(1) Encourage meaningful and productive partnership dialogue between the cultural and health sectors; 

(2) Facilitate access to current arts, culture and health research and encourage robust evaluation practice with population/public health professionals; 

(3) Raise the profile of arts and health integration in the Project H.E.A.L. partner regions (Northeast, Central Appalachian and Southern States); 

(4) Provide a new collaboration platform for cultural and health practitioners at a strategic level; 

(5) Identify the drivers and upstream determinants of opportunity in both the cultural and health arenas; and

(6) Reframe the discourse on health and cultural equity using an opportunity lens.


AGENDA:  (Livestream)

8:45 Music by Tasha Golden

8:55am Welcome by University of Louisville Medical School

Dr. Dwayne Compton is the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Community Engagement and Diversity at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is responsible for establishing, implementing, and assessing diversity and inclusion programs throughout the school and local community. In addition, Compton is task with serving as an advocate and resource for all populations at the School of Medicine with particular focus on issues that impact: women, members of minoritized ethnic/racial groups, members of the LGBT community, and members of underserved populations specific to medicine in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

9am - 10:15am / SESSION ONE: Emergent Frameworks

Cultural Equity - Colleen Keegan is a corporate Strategic Planner and Arts Activist. She is a partner in Keegan Fowler Companies, an equity investment and consulting firm specialized in providing strategic planning and business affairs services to companies in the communications and entertainment industries. Previously, Keegan served as the president of Pacific Arts Video Production and Washington Video Services, She also worked as a producer for MTV Networks, WETA and Showtime. Keegan is the co-chair of the endowment committee for The Creative Capital Foundation and the Creator of the Creative Capital Strategic Planning Program for Artists and the Executor of the Theo Westenberger Estate and the administer of the Westenberger grants and fellowships for art and conservation. Keegan is the art business adviser for the TED Fellows program and the Co-Chair of the TED Fellows Arts Committee. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors and advisory boards including New York Live Arts, the American Refugee Committee, ARTHOME, Artists for Obama,  The Artist Book Foundation, The Center for Creative Arts Berlin, Emily/s list, I.D.E.A.S. 40203, One Million Bones, Moveopolis, The MS Foundation. The NOW legal Defense Fund, Show of Force, Picture Projects. The Texas Film Commissions. She lectures on art and new markets at California College of Art, Cal Arts, and the Wharton Business School among others.

Health Equity - Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor (last name: Kelly Pryor) is the Director for the Center for Health Equity in Louisville, KY.  It is the first and oldest Center for Health Equity in the United States. Dr. Kelly Pryor is jointly appointed with the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at University of Louisville as an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kelly Pryor brings to the Center an expertise in incorporating innovative techniques of narrative, visual, performance and network analysis to discuss and evaluate communities that shape identity, health narratives, and spaces of hope. 

Arts as a Public Health Strategy: Combining Cultural and Health Equity - Theo Edmonds Born in Appalachia, Edmonds earned his BA in Theater from Transylvania University (1991), JD/MHA from Tulane University (1996) and MFA-Art Studio from the University of Kentucky (2012). He is co-founder of the artist innovation consultancy and think tank, IDEAS xLab. Named by Southern Living Magazine as one of ‘50 People Changing the South in 2015’, Edmonds' pioneering work at the intersection of cultural and health equity has led to a growing national profile as one of the south’s most innovative social entrepreneurs. He is a board member of the national Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts and, recently, help lead Louisville to being named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Winner for 2016.

Short Break with Music By:

Tasha Golden is the frontwoman and songwriter for the critically acclaimed band Ellery (http://www.ellerymusic.com). Her songs have been heard in major motion pictures and TV dramas, and her prose and re search have been published in Ploughshares, Reflections, and Ethos Journal, among others. Her debut book of poetry, Once You Had Hands (Humanist Press, 2015), explores violence in both intimate relationships and religion; it was a finalist for the 2016 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Currently a doctoral student in Public Health at the University of Louisville, Golden researches the impact of the arts on stigma and community health, and leads creative writing workshops for incarcerated teen women. 


10:30 - 11:15 / SESSION TWO: Opportunity in Practice

Creative Agents of Change "CAC" Foundation - Jared Giles, Board President, is a Louisville native with a passion for dance and newfound love for musical theatre. When not in rehearsal, Jared works with Louisville companies to develop innovative mobile and web solutions. As CAC board president, Jared is using his love for art and technology to help build communities and inspire the next generation. Creative Agents of Change Foundation provides education, information, support and advocacy for everyone who believes in the value of creativity in enhancing health and wellbeing. CAC's aim is to encourage the development of artists as social entrepreneurs who use their artistic practice to support equitable places and to nurture healthy, compassionate people.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Culture of Health Prize 2016 - Josh Miller was born in Chattanooga, TN, and earned his BA in Art Administration and Business from Bellarmine University, and MBA from Indiana University. Miller is a photographer with a background in art administration, business, and editorial production. Since co-founding IDEAS xLab, he has engaged a broad spectrum of stakeholders around cultural and health equity while wearing many hats including operations management, documentation and special project implementation. Miller is on the Louisville Health Advisory Board, and on the board of directors for Strive.

Using Art to Advance Social Justice - Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye and Lance G. Newman, II. 

Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye is the executive director and co-founder of Bridge Kids International and co-director of Roots & Wings, a 2015 ArtPlace America grantee.  She served as executive director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville and the directors of Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities at Manhattanville College.  She has also held a variety of positions in student development and multicultural affairs in colleges and universities in the US. For several years, she was the executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence in Westchester, NY.  Ms. Bailey-Ndiaye has served in a number of community organizations and on non-profit boards related to social justice and international relations.  She is currently on the board of the Rotary Club of Prospect/Goshen. In addition to her work with Bridge Kids, Stacy is a trustee of the James H Bailey Sr. Family Heritage Project. Stacy has managed global projects, federal grants, and has traveled extensively building relationships between people and institutions.  

Lance G. Newman II has been writing and performing since he was 13 years of age. As the founder of SpreadLovEnterprise and the 'slam master' for the adult poetry slam team, Loohavul Lip; Lance uses his long standing relationship with the city, to teach, encourage, and conduct poetry workshops and spoken word events all around. He is a founding member and co-artistic director of Roots & Wings.

Youth Violence Prevention Research Using Cultural Production - Monica Wendel DrPH, MA, joined the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences (SPHIS) as associate dean for public health practice and associate professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in June 2014. Dr. Wendel also serves as director of the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky.  Dr. Wendel is specifically interested in applied research focused on community capacity building around social and health equity issues.  She is Principal Investigator for, Changing the Narrative:  Using Media to Shift Norms of Violence among Youth in West Louisville, a $5.7 million grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(10 Minute Break)

11:15 - 12:30 / SESSION THREE

Creative Placemaking: The Role of Art in Sustainable Community Development - Jamie Hand, ArtPlace America, brings a background in landscape architecture, project management, and grantmaking to her role as ArtPlace's Director of Research Strategies. Previously, she served as a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she launched and managed Our Town -­ the agency’s signature creative placemaking grant program -­ and oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design programs. Jamie also worked closely with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to develop the Rebuild by Design competition brief and team selection.  Prior to her federal service, Jamie was Program Director at the Van Alen Institute in New York where she led large-scale design competitions focused on building social, economic, and ecological resilience for Gateway National Recreation Area (Envisioning Gateway) and the Lower Mississippi River Delta (Changing Course). Jamie started her career in the Bay Area as a research assistant and project manager for public artist Topher Delaney. Jamie is coeditor and author of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), and currently serves on the board of IOBY. Jamie holds degrees from Princeton University's School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She was raised at West Point, which to this day fuels her passions both for place and for public service. 

The Role of Arts & Culture in Humana's Bold Goal - London Roth joined Humana Inc. in 2009 as a consultant on the Associate Well-being team within the company’s Human Resources department, where she focused on the health of Humana’s ~50,000 employees through benefit & incentive design and well-being program creation and implementation. London created and implemented a sustainable functional capability around volunteerism, achieving a three-year goal to more than double company volunteer participation two years early. She currently leads Humana’s Bold Goal Louisville efforts, seeking to improve the city’s health 20% by 2020 by partnering with Humana employees and the community to make a difference and help improve lives. 

Integrating Artists + Technology for Cancer Care - Joseph M. Flynn, D.O. & Chris Radtke

Dr. Flynn joined Norton Cancer Institute in October 2015 after serving at The Ohio State University, Columbus, where he held several positions including co-director, division of hematology; associate physician in chief, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute; medical director, James Cancer Network; and associate professor of medicine of the university’s College of Public Health. Dr. Flynn earned his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, and a master of public health degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania. Dr. Flynn completed his fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda. He is board certified in medical oncology and he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has been active in community education on a wide variety of cancer-related topics and has contributed to more than 50 medical publications.

Chris Radtke is a practicing Louisville artist whose work is in the collections of the Speed Art Museum and 21c Museum Foundation and has been exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Mainz, Germany, Aluna Art Foundation in Miami and the Mitchell Art Museum in Illinois. Recent collaborations include a major project with the Louisville Ballet and the Balanchine Foundation, NYC. Radtke is a co-founder of Zephyr Gallery now in its 30th year of business as an artist-owned space exhibiting regional art and catalyst for the re-vitalization of Louisville’s East Market Street District. Radtke organized a corporate art loan-to-purchase model that has supported Kentucky artists by developing regional art collections in over 50 businesses throughout the city. She is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Speed Art Museum and served as chair of the Commission on Public Art that oversaw the writing of Louisville’s first master plan for public art in 2010. Radtke is a founding partner with IDEAS xLab and strategizes to further develop roles for artists as innovation consultants. 

Project H.E.A.L. (Health. Equity. Art. Learning.) - Panel Discussion Led by Hannah Drake and Ayelet Aldouby

Hannah Drake is an artist-advocate with an inspirational message. Frequently asked to speak throughout the country, she brings message of hope and deliverance believing that poetry can ignite true transformation.  Hannah is a veteran performer whose credits include the legendary Showtime at the Apollo in Harlem. In 2014 she joined Roots and Wings, a dynamic group of artists that seek to bring social change in Louisville. Hannah comes to IDEAS xLab after spending many years as Pastoral Administrative Assistant to Dr. F. Bruce Williams at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Smoketown. (Louisville, KY). In her role with IDEAS xLab, Hannah acts as a lead artist and Health Equity Strategist for IDEAS xLab's Project H.E.A.L. and other health-related initiatives.  Visit Hannah's website to learn more.

Ayelet Aldouby is a curator at large at IDEASxLAB , a founding member of the Creative Agents of Change Foundation and IDEASxLAB and the special projects curator at Residency Unlimited  in Brooklyn, NY. Since receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Art and Gallery Administration from the Fashion Institute of New York in 2002, Aldouby has been a public art curator whose work contributes both to artistic advancement and community development. She has curated with the International Artists’ Museum for “Poles Apart, Poles Together” and for “Divine In Tent” at the 51st & 52nd Venice Biennales and Documenta in Kassel, Germany. She has also curated numerous public art projects under “Re:Construction”: a public art program initiative commissioned by Alliance for Downtown New York, Department of Design and Construction, MTA, and several developers including Silverstein Properties and Time Equities Inc. In addition to curating Project H.EA.L, Aldouby curates and implements post residency projects into the New York Public School System, community centers in the Bronx and and Behavioral Health Services . Aldouby’s curatorial focus is on the theory and tools of social practice. She mentors artists as social entrepreneurs in both civic and corporate environments. 

STRIVE and Performers: Caleb Adonay Leiva Vasquez, Cheyenne Mize, Nina Rodahaffer


AGENDA: 2-4pm (Closed Session)

Project H.E.A.L. Regional Partners Meeting