The Connection Between Art, Healing, And Public Health

The Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey connects artists and arts professionals and those who provide health and wellness services in order to educate, advocate, and advance best practices in arts and health. Directed at a combination of education professionals, artists, scholars, mental health practitioners, and graduates in psychology and social sciences, the MSc offers students the opportunity to learn from both arts and mental health science perspectives about how theatre and performance can be used both to promote mental health and wellbeing, and to explore and interrogate issues in the field of mental health.

Below, a short and beautiful film from Lithuania, and no, you don’t need to speak Lithuanian to understand it. And on the subject of all things LT, my personal congratulations to Simona Karpavičiūtė on the awarding of her PhD in Public Health – much hard work and well deserved.arts and health

Another example by Andre Smith (2014), associate professor of sociology, University of Victoria, in the book Creative Arts in Humane Medicine (McLean, 2014) explains an innovative pedagogical approach for end-of-life health care providers to help teach empathy to medical students through role play and fabric art.arts and healtharts and health

Through the partnership, health care and academic professionals will collaborate to examine the ways art can contribute to medicine and vice versa – for instance, the way art therapy can be used to help patients being treated for Alzheimer’s disease, or the way sports medicine might assist dancers and performers.

Applicants with appropriate qualifications in related fields such as teaching, art training, arts administration, occupational therapy, arts therapies, health sector management, arts and disability, social services, community work, youth work, or a period of professional employment in the field, will also be considered.