Thanks to Everyone Who Helped Make this a Very Special Evening
On October 30th, the Foundation for Art & Healing proudly celebrated its 10th year anniversary by honoring Steven Safyer, MD, President and CEO of Montefiore Health System at the Harvard Club of New York.
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder and President of the Foundation, opened the evening by inviting the attendees to recall times in their own lives when creative arts helped them to deal with a challenging situation.
He informed the attentive NYC crowd that the birth of the Foundation was inspired by 9/11, which made clear the benefit of creative arts in helping children cope with that terrible event, and that he then realized could be broadened to become a major public health initiative to benefit all.
Mike Paseornek, President of Motion Picture Production of Lionsgate Films, spoke on the importance of stories in making sense of our lives and the world and connecting us to others. Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Advisor of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Master of Ceremonies emphasized the powerful health improvement opportunities that creative expression can offer. Both shared personal experiences with creative expression and well-being that added a warm intimacy to the evening.
On hand was a diverse crowd of over 150 supporters including individuals from sponsoring hospital systems, health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, museums, arts foundations, arts advocacy and media companies, as well as a host of artists, therapists, researchers and other “Foundation Friends.”
The video “Can Art Be Medicine” was shown and you can see it below. The program closed with Dr. Nobel providing a look towards 2015 when the Foundation will continue to pursue its mission to drive awareness that creative expression can improve health while simultaneously promoting research to demonstrate the positive results unequivocally.
This celebratory evening of shared warmth and imagination served as a reminder that all of us have open access to the power of creative expression to help and heal, and that the arts can deliver health and well-being to individuals and community in almost limitless ways!
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Short Film: Can Art be Medicine?
More on the event’s Flickr Page