Our arts and health initiatives aim to make our hospital environments welcoming places to visit and work in. Instead, our intent is to summarize current knowledge about the connection between art and health, identify the most compelling next steps for investigation, and generate further interest in researching the complexities of art and health. We conducted a review of current research to determine what is known about art and healing.
An advisory board was established with representation from leading universities and institutions across North America and diverse disciplines in education, the arts and healthcare (nursing, public health, medicine) fine arts, design and business. The WMAH&W website is a practical resource useful to anyone involved in arts and health.
Taking an holistic view, the wellbeing of individuals and groups in society is enhanced by being connected to the arts – any kind of arts at any kind of quality level. She completed her PhD in 2014 on aesthetic deprivation and the role of the arts for older people in hospital at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine under the supervision of Prof Desmond ‘Neill.
The subsequent refinement of the process and addition of bonobo DNA, resulted in an altogether more promising result, but as Foster reveals, there’s something of a twist in this groundbreaking research. If you’re an AAHPERD member and subscribe to the American Journal of Health Education, you can log on to the AAHPERD website and read the article for free.
The UK’s longest established arts and health organisation is based at Manchester School of Art. The European Medicines Agency is hosting workshops for its Working Parties of Patients’, Consumers’ and Health Professionals’ organisations. The creative arts intervention consisted of several creative arts activities designed for bedside delivery.