Our Breathitt Summit

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HCTC Lees College Campus

601 Jefferson Ave

Jackson, KY 41339

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Our Breathitt is a community arts and health experience bringing together artists and Breathitt Countians from across Kentucky. The initiative is organized with IDEAS xLab (an artist-led nonprofit), and supported by:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • Center for Creative Placehealing at the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences,
  • University of Kentucky School of Art & Visual Studies,
  • HCTC Lees College, and
  • Numerous Breathitt County businesses, newspapers, governmental bodies, healthcare organizations and educational systems.

Learn more about Our Breathitt by visiting:

Our Breathitt Summit Objectives:

  • Connecting existing arts, culture and health initiatives to support the growth and wellbeing of Breathitt Countians.
  • Expanding the role that arts, culture, and heritage play in improving health and increasing economic opportunity, cultural tourism and entrepreneurship in Breathitt County.
  • Develop a 24 month action plan to jump start growth and attract resources to sustain it.


Friday (10/11) – SKILL BUILDING DAY


  • Keynote: Emerging Cultural Role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Rural Health

  • “Creative Placehealing 101” – How businesses can work with arts/culture to support community wellbeing

  • Culturally-Responsive Approached to Obesity Prevention Presenters: KY Dep Health & Family Services Discuss Kentucky’s SPAN Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Learning how to combine health research with arts and culture to support emotional wellbeing in adolescents (13-21yo)

Community Dinner: 5:30-7:30p

Engaging the faith & business communities in rural health development work. Dinner will also highlight work in progress from public health, film/arts and others to support families impacted by opioids and substance abuse (prevention, addiction, recovery).

Saturday (10/12) - CAPACITY BUILDING DAY

Focused on highlighting the work of Our Breathitt initiative and connecting the work with other related projects.

OUR BREATHITT: Arts & Youth Wellbeing: Highlighting current (and dreamed of) programming to support the emotional wellbeing of youth in Breathitt County

OUR BREATHITT: Exploring all the different components of the initiative, where are we in the process and looking to what’s next.

Together, after delving into what Our Breathitt has already accomplished, we will work together to chart a course for future action and impact. Lunch will be followed by an interactive planning session facilitated by the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development with a specific focus on exploring how we might combine Breathitt County’s arts, culture, tourism and healthcare assets to ignite entrepreneurship.

Special Evening Performance Event - The Breathitt County Opry

The 2-day summit will culminate with an artist showcase. The Breathitt County Opry will celebrate the place and its people -- featuring musicians, writers, quilters and arts and cultural collaborators who have come together over the past 12+ months (plus a few special guests) through the NEA supported project.

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HCTC Lees College Campus

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Jackson, KY 41339

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