Understanding the science behind the connection between art and healing is at the core of the Foundation’s reason for being. Encouraging greater knowledge of how and why the arts and creative engagement lead to positive health outcomes is a critical piece of our mission. The Foundation’s knowledge discovery initiatives combine two approaches:
- The use of traditional scientific and medical research methods
- Collaborations between accomplished experts from the realms of science, medicine and public health with artists and others for whom creative engagement is a life’s work. These engagements deliver new insights into both the artistic and the healing process, as well as the links between them.
Through funded research, roundtable discussions, and commissioned papers, the Foundation explores the linkages between art, creativity, illness and healing. You can find out more about our initiatives here.
Our article, “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature,” was published in the February 2010 edition of the peer-reviewed American Journal of Public Health. This review is intended to establish a foundation for continued investigation into the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes and to inspire further interest in researching the complexities of engagement with the arts and health. You can read the article here.