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Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America

COVID-19 Arts Response Overview


Artists in the United States and around the world are mobilizing quickly in response to COVID-19 to enable rapid and widespread communication of health information and to help people to connect, cope, and be well in the short and long term. 

The arts are one of the most powerful means for communication and coping we have at our disposal today.

Created by arts and public health leaders from across the country, the resources provided on this site are designed to support arts-based responses to COVID-19. They call for and are intended to enable cross-sector collaboration between the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors to drive high-impact responses to COVID-19 across diverse communities. 

Please use the menu on the right to access resources, and to add your program information and media to the COVID-19 Arts Resource Repository. 

More resources are being made available regularly, so please continue to visit this site. And, to engage in conversation with others working to mobilize the arts in COVID-19 response, please join the Creating Healthy Communities Network

COVID-19 WEBINARS: Summer Series Coming Soon

COVID-19 Arts Response: Planning for the Nation’s Recovery webinar series will take place during June and July of 2020. Follow us on social media and check our email notifications for updated information.


An Un-Webinar: Live Q&A about Best Practices for Arts Programming in Uncertain Times

Hosted by Kimberlee Campbell-Smith with Panelists: Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, Ferol Carytsas, MM, and Ricky Kendall (musician in residence).

The Practice of Partnership: Arts + Public Health

Presented by Michael Rohd, Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Recent events call for ongoing and new partnerships between public health workers, educators, and artists/culture makers. What work can we do to ensure those collaborations are equitable, productive and successful? In our time together, we will explore, share and engage around:

  • Collaboration- questions you can use when starting partnerships to ground them in a shared language, values and goals; and
  • Public engagement- a framework for considering, as partners, how you will listen to residents and stakeholders, and how you will, throughout your process, communicate and make decisions around accountability.

This session will include presentation, Q&A and problem-solving that will help you use the arts to skillfully support your community during this time.

Presenter Bio: Michael Rohd is a theatremaker, educator, facilitator and process designer. He is Artistic Director of 20 year-old Sojourn Theatre, Lead Artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice, and an Institute Professor at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. His book "Theater for Community, Conflict and Dialogue" has been translated into 7 languages and is in it's16th printing.

Careers in Arts in Health in the Time of COVID-19

Center director, Jill Sonke, talks with us about careers in arts in health in the time of COVID-19. We also discuss our online grad program and answer audience questions. The video is hosted by Center director, Jill Sonke and MA in Arts in Medicine alum, Camilo Reina Munoz. Click here to request more information or visit our FAQ page to learn more!

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These resources are made possible through the generous support and partnership of ArtPlace America

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