Special Programs

Arts and Health

Arts and health are intertwined in many ways. The arts contribute to good health and healing and situations affecting health inspire art. Art is used for patient care, therapeutic environments, caregiver support, personal and community well-being, memorialization, professional and public health education, advocacy, and fundraising.

Many cultures and communities have a long history of traditional arts, medicines and practices that have helped to sustain healthy living and address health challenges. Around the world, new attention is being given to the ways in which the arts and traditional knowledge about healing and wellness can address contemporary health issues.