Loneliness is as Lethal as Smoking 15 Cigarettes per Day.It is one of today's major public health crises affecting 30% of us. We're showing how creative expression can help in a number of ways.
Can Creative Expression be Medicine?
The arts have long provided an emotional context for the human experience. Now, research is demonstrating that creative expression also contributes to better health and wellbeing. People from all walks of life and every corner of the planet are expressing themselves through the arts—musical, performance, visual, writing, culinary—and discovering how it reduces the physical and emotional burden associated with various types of health conditions and life circumstances.
Join us as we:
- Explore the relationship between health and creative expression through scientific research
- Empower individuals through innovative programs and tools
- Engage our community through shared stories of “art and healing”
The First Annual UnLonely Film Festival challenged filmmakers to share stories spotlighting the impact of loneliness and isolation in our seemingly hyperconnected world. How many of us haven’t felt lonely at one point or another in our lives? And how many of us haven’t felt just a little bit better—and less alone—by realizing how others struggle with these feelings and social situations? Through the films we’ve curated here, you’ll find that’s the beauty and the healing power of art. You’ll discover what being UnLonely and creatively connected is all about.
The Second Annual UnLonely Film Festival and Conference will share diverse, inspiring stories of those who have found ways to move forward through the challenges of loneliness and isolation. It’s invitation to appreciate and benefit from the power of creative expression that can bring us together in challenging times.