Healthy Individuals, Healthy Communities

The Arts from prevention through wellness

Individuals, community, society

According to the World Health Organization, good health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being; as defined by Dr. Kenneth Pellitier-“Good health is functioning at your best, whatever it is you do.” Health needs to be recognized as an ongoing process of self-discovery, manifesting a positive influence on the world around us. Thus we embrace a definition of health as including not only personal health and healing but holistic community life and well-being. The project seeks to promote healthy communities and lifestyles as a creative, active and ongoing process.

The project seeks to facilitate the understanding of the interrelationship between the arts and personal health and healing, public health issues, prevention which includes education and workforce development and will create and facilitate specific projects and workshops.

We can place the impact of the arts on a continuum, in which they impact health from prevention through treatment; enhance service delivery in healthcare institutions, academic institutions and promote healthy communities and lifestyles.

Research specific to the arts emerging from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia indicates that participation and involvement in creative activity can contribute to better health and stronger communities and that there is a strong correlation between the health of individuals and that of their community.

‘The arts are an essential nutrient for human culture. Every society has used art to create a social glue, to express its faith and ideas and to interpret the world’ Patch Adams, MD ‘Because creativity is great medicine for all, both the creator and the one who experiences it, it prevents disease and promotes wellness.’  PatchAdams, MD

From the forward of the book, Illness and the Art of Creative Self-Expression, John Graham-Pole, MD

We want to create a new awareness – the utilization of the arts as a new prescription for health, wellness and our future possibilities. Quite simply, art is good for you and should be as important to your individual health as balanced nutrition and regular exercise and as important to society as science and math.  The arts are exercises for your mind, body and spirit-they are energizing.                                               

Arts in the Workforce (powerpoint)

Arts in Prevention (word doc)

Breaking Down the Walls of Silence (article)


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