Arts in Clinical Settings

Sector: Health | Audience: Artists, Arts organizations

The growing movement of integrating the arts and arts based therapies into health care environments—such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and mental-health facilities— is propelled by the many benefits of engaging in creative experiences or activities. This strategy sampler summarizes the many ways state arts agencies can foster creative engagements in health care environments. Based on a review of research, SAA program materials and conversations with SAA staff, it lifts up model practices and considers the evidence of how the arts support people of all ages in medical settings. It concludes with tips for how SAAs can begin or advance their support of arts based efforts in health care as well as a set of recommended resources for designing and planning programs.