Smoketown Initiatives


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One Poem At A Time is an initiative of Project Heal (Health. Equity. Art. Learning), and designed by IDEAS xLab's Cultural Producer & Strategist Hannah Drake. Working with community members, the Smoketown Neighborhood Association and community stakeholders, One Poem At A Time replaces negative/predatory advertising and billboards within the community with positive images and messages depicting Smoketown residents and lifting up their voices.


New Roots believes that fresh food is a basic human right. The main fruit of their labor is the Fresh Stop Markets — farm-fresh food markets that pop up at local churches, housing authorities, and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. The food has been paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market.

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Smoketown NEighborhood Association

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Project HEAL
HEalth. Equity. Art. LEarning

Project HEAL (Health Equity Art Learning) uses arts and culture engagements to work with communities to discover creative new ways to identify health priorities and to develop a health equity action plan for maximum impact. Project HEAL is an initiative organized by IDEAS xLab and Creative Agents of Change Foundation.

One Poem At A Time, led by artist Hannah Drake, kicks off April 1.

Smoketown Laundry

The Smoketown Laundry uses an creative  approach to developing community-wide strategies for improving the health, wealth and social connection of Smoketown residents by transforming the vacant liquor store at the corner of Hancock and Breckinridge into a working laundromat with spaces that facilitate neighborhood health, support new businesses in the neighborhood and provide cultural programming based on African American history.


The Wheelhouse Project

The Wheelhouse Project was founded in partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville to work with the longtime residents of Smoketown to develop a 2-acre vacant parcel of land into urban green space, a safe place for children to play, and a place for workforce development opportunities. The Wheelhouse Project believes art and culture are essential to building healthy neighborhoods. 

With life expectancies 10 years below other Louisville neighborhoods, Smoketown Family Wellness strives to establish healthy lifestyles from the beginning of life, providing education and programming for the children and their families in a safe community environment.