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ART & WELL-BEING: TOWARD A CULTURE OF HEALTH
A guide for artists, creative organizers, healthcare providers, educators, funders, policy makers and communities responding to threats to well being. Art & Well-Being is for everyone who wishes to bring about this shift in our culture of health. The USDAC published this guide for Citizen Artists who place their gifts at the service of healing, working for both individual and collective well-being, for those who recognize social justice as the foundation of a culture of health. And for medical practitioners, funders, and policymakers who want to understand the critical importance of arts-based interventions.



NASAA'S ARTS AND THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC STRATEGY SAMPLER
America's opioid epidemic is not only broad but also deep, having roots in systemic medical practices, economic conditions and community dynamics. Resolving it is similarly complex. This strategy sampler considers how state arts agencies can support addiction recovery and prevention efforts. It first reviews evidence of how the arts can help prevent opioid misuse and facilitate addiction recovery before looking at model arts and addiction programs. It discusses how state arts agencies can support arts based therapies and enable creative engagements in health care and other recovery environments. The paper concludes with a set of programming tips and a collection of resources to inform ongoing and future efforts to counter the opioid epidemic through the arts. 



NASAA'S ARTS IN CLINICAL SETTINGS
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.



CITIES REMIX A PLAYFUL PLATFORM / EXPERIMENTS TO EMBED POKEMON GO
The 2018 report, “Cities Remix a Playful Platform,” reveals how cities can embed popular platforms for augmented reality (AR) in local events and campaigns — from walking tours at neighborhood libraries to Open Street Festivals. The report offers case studies and lessons learned from trials conducted in 2017 in five cities to engage players in local activities.



CIVIC ARTISTS PROJECT MAILING LIST
Artists have a vital role to play in government and now is the time. The Civic Artists Project mailing list is intended to keep you up-to-date about news, opportunities and critical thinking around embedding artists in government.



CONGRESSIONAL ARTS HANDBOOK 
The Congressional Arts Handbook, compiled annually to support the work of participants at Arts Advocacy Day, was released to support year-round advocacy efforts and the National Arts Action Summit, which brings together arts advocates and cultural and civic organizations from across the country. This resource seeks to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Within its pages advocates will find facts, figures, related legislation, research, talking points, and other resources to help inform arts advocacy.