Center for Arts in Medicine

Creating Healthy Communities 2022 Convening


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Day 1

10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Opening Keynote: Span of Attention: The long-term public health impact of arts and cultural engagement

Christopher Bailey, Arts + Health Lead, World Health Organization

Considering the Intersections of Arts and Culture, Public Health, and Community Development

Panel discussion

Moderator: Nupur Chaudhury, with: 

  • Carrie Boucher, NOMAD Art Bus 

  • Sara Fenske Bahat, YBCA  

  • Clyde Valentin, One Nation/One Project  

Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Upstream Drivers of Health Disparities through Arts + Culture

This panel will go further upstream than social determinants of health and focus on promoting creativity, imagination, arts and culture as essential to the human experience, to building healthy communities and securing the foundation and wellbeing of a healthy society.

Moderator: Rabbi Nancy Epstein, Drexel University with: 

  • Tasha Golden, PhD, International Arts + Mind Lab, UF Center for Arts in Medicine

  • Betty Marin, Alliance for California Traditional Arts 

  • Josh Miller, IDEAS xLab 

  • Patrick Smith, PhD, Duke University 

Advancing Equitable Research in Arts in Public Health

This session will bring together researchers from academia, government, and private and nonprofit sectors to explore how arts/health studies can involve the voices of marginalized communities from the beginning to the end of the process. What types of inequities are manifest in research about the arts in public health, and how can they be acknowledged or corrected?

Moderator: Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the Arts, with: 

  • Shanae Burch, Columbia University 

  • Melody Buyukozer Dawkins, PhD, Slover Linett

  • Nisha Sajnani, PhD, New York University 

  • Stacey Springs, PhD, Brown University

Arts in Social Justice

To create a just and welcoming world, we need social imagination to envision and enact change.  Arts and culture can build empathy, create a sense of belonging, and activate the social imagination and civic agency needed to make real change. When we feel seen, when we know that our stories, our bodies, and imaginations matter, we are more likely to bring our full creative selves to the work of social change and maybe even experience joy in the process. Join artists, educators, and organizers in this conversation about how the relationship between the arts and social change.

Moderator: Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT, New York University, with: 

  • Cleo Barnett, Amplifier 

  • Quetzal Flores, Alliance for California Traditional Arts

  • Jonathan McCrory, National Black Theatre 

  • Onye Ozuzu, University of Florida College of the Arts 

Driving Systemic Change through Policy and Practice Advancement

This session brings together a group of practitioners and researchers from academia, government, and private and nonprofit sectors to highlight some of the systemic barriers to promoting health justice and creating healthy communities. There is discussion of significant challenges particularly of addressing these systemic barriers. It also engages in conversation about how to advance practices to shape a culture of health and the role of policy in overcoming these barriers. Significant attention is given to how the arts have been implemented in these experienced practitioners own work driving systemic change.

Moderator: Patrick Smith, PhD, Duke University, with: 

  • Christopher Bailey, World Health Organization 

  • Anita Chandra, PhD, RAND Corporation

  • Deborah Cullinan, Stanford University 

  • Keturah Herron, ACLU, Kentucky State Representative 

  • Sheila Savannah, Prevention Institute 

Day 2

8:30 am - 4:00 pm 


Maria Rosario Jackson, Chair, National Endowment for the Arts

The Role of Funders in Cross-sector Collaboration and Paradigm Shifting

Panel discussion

Moderator: Jamie Bennett, United States Artists, with: 

  • David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank

  • Margery Pabst Steinmetz, Pabst Steinmetz Foundation 

  • Maria Rosario Jackson, National Endowment for the Arts  

  • Sandy Shaughnessy, State of Florida Division of Arts and Culture  

Arts in Health Communication

For years, organizations like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have been promoting a “culture of health”. Many artists are viewed as “culture bearers” of their communities. To understand the role of arts in health communication, we should first ask how are culture and communication different? The Arts in Health Communication session will bring together stakeholders at this intersection to ask the hard questions. The session is intended to raise more complexity that clarity. To challenge more than soothe. To look to the future more than litigate the past. The group will bring a lens of  courageous imagination to explore the complicated mix of identity, science, media, arts and culture at the heart of public health’s communications crises.

Moderator: Theo Edmonds, University of Colorado Denver 

  • Mallery Quetawki, New Mexico University

  • Jill Sonke, PhD, UF Center for Arts in Medicine 

  • Lindsey Harr + Patrice Webb, Hip Hop Public Health

Breakout Networking Interest Groups

Over lunch on day two, we’ll break out into interest groups. You’ll select your group when you register. Have an interest that’s not represented? Reach out to Aly Maier Lokuta and we can add it:

  • Social prescribing - practice
  • Social prescribing - policy
  • Arts in healthcare practice
  • Arts and community health centers
  • Arts and private healthcare practice
  • Arts and antiracism
  • Creative Arts Therapies
  • Decolonizing the arts in health field
  • Antiracism in the arts in health field
  • Arts and loneliness
  • Education - Curriculum development for arts in public health
  • Developing training tools for community based artists
  • Philanthropic goals for arts in public health
  • Arts in public health advocacy and policy
  • Universal basic income for artists
  • Research - Common metrics for arts in public health
  • Research - Core outcomes set
  • Learn more about One Nation/One Project
  • Learn more about NeuroArts Blueprint
  • Learn more about the EpiArts Lab
  • Learn more about WHO Arts and Health
  • Learn more about the South Health Network
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Spoken Word
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
Social Prescribing in Practice

Our panel will discuss our hands-on experience of implementing  “social prescribing” – the practice of hospitals, doctors and other organizations prescribing arts, nature, volunteering, and community as a way to create health. We discuss variations on the model, as well as barriers and opportunities to advance this practice nationally.

Moderator: Dan Morse, with 

  • Chris Appleton, Art Pharmacy

  • Daisy Fancourt, PhD, University College London

  • Kathe Swabeck, CultureRx, Mass Cultural Council 

Social Prescribing’s Role in Advancing Health Access and Equity

This session brings together practitioners and researchers in social prescribing at local, state, and national levels to discuss what health access and equity are, how and why arts and culture can help address them, and how these concerns show up in the arts and culture sector itself. Drawing on earlier discussions in the convening, we’ll highlight what it looks like to prioritize equity and access when imagining and implementing arts-integrative practices. The session will leave the audience with concrete action steps and a quick shot of hope.

Moderator: Tasha Golden, PhD, International Arts + Mind Lab, UF Center for Arts in Medicine, with 

  • James Brooks, AARP 

  • Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the Arts 

  • Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, Urban Health Plan 

Closing Keynote and Call to Action

Hannah Drake, IDEAS xLab

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