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Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health Florida Conference | Orlando, FL

Hosted by the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation and 
the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Presented by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, in partnership with United Arts of Central Florida, ArtPlace America, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

With the overarching goal of creating stronger and healthier communities through the arts, this conference is intended to connect people working and thinking at the intersections of the arts, public health, and community development. The event is a part of Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America, a national initiative designed to accelerate collaboration among the arts, public health, and community development sectors.

The two-day conference will highlight Florida’s leadership and innovation in building healthy communities through the arts. It will feature effective program and practice models from throughout the United States, current research, and issues that affect the health and wellbeing of communities and will provide opportunities for dialogue, strategic thinking and learning. 


Speakers and Performers

  • Keynotes:
    • Dr. Daisy Fancourt University College London 
      • Research findings related to the long-term public health impact of arts and cultural engagement
    • ​​Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation
  • Plenary Speakers:
    • Hannah Drake, One Poem at a Time
    • Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the Arts
    • Sara Kass, Creative Forces National Endowment for the Arts
    • Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Arts Center
    • Kathy Le Backes, WISE Entertainment
    • Onye Ozuzu, University of Florida College of the Arts
    • Steven Boudreau, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Performances:
    • Grim Jackson 
    • Central Florida Community Choir
    • Orlando Poet Laureate Susan Lilley
    • Brazilian Voices Choir
    • Movement as Medicine, Valencia College and Parkinson's Outreach Center, Neuroscience Institute

Additional speakers will be announced and added. 


Conference Goals

  • To convene professionals from the arts, public health and community development sectors
  • To share impactful program and practice models
  • To generate dialogue around key issues that limit health and wellbeing, including but not limited to, social isolation, equity, collective trauma, wellbeing and access to the arts
  • To provoke ideation, innovation and solutions to these issues
  • To stimulate new partnerships between the arts, public health and community development sectors in Florida and in the
    United States

Who Should Attend?

  • Artists, arts professionals, arts educators and arts researchers
  • Public health, community health, healthcare, social services and human services professionals, educators and researchers
  • Community builders, community development professionals, planners, architects
  • Social change agents and advocates
  • Educators, researchers, funders and policy-makers in the arts, health and community development sectors

This program is part of the University of Florida's "Creating the Healthiest Generation" Moonshot initiative, which is supported by the UF Office of the Provost, UF Office of Research, UF Health, UF College of Medicine, and UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


Thank you to our generous hosts and sponsors


University of Florida, Center for Arts in Medicine, The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation, ArtPlace, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Orlando Health, United Arts of Central Florida, Dr. Phillips Center, University of Central Florida, UF Health, Valencia College, Citizens for Florida Arts

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