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Program Services

Arts for Underserved Populations:
Arts in Health Care Initiatives

The arts support healing and wellness – both for those receiving and those giving care – by offering a natural, evidenced-based, cost effective complement to treatment.  Engaging with the arts encourages creative approaches to healing and wellness, and offers people a sense of self and wholeness when they are feeling most fragile. 

Past Conferences: 2013 Arts in Health Care Partnership Conference
A two-day conference presented by Concord Hospital and the NH State Council on the Arts to advance the use of the arts in New Hampshire healthcare settings.

June 7: Symposium for Health Care Leaders & Practitioners
June 8: Workshop for Artists & Arts Organizations

New Hampshire Arts in Health Care Survey Report:
Integrating the Arts and Healing

This report contains selected results and findings from the New Hampshire Arts-in-Healthcare Survey. Created through a collaborative effort between the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts andConcord Hospital, the goal of the survey was to evaluate the variety, depth, outcomes, and funding of arts-in-health programs in the state of New Hampshire.

Arts in Health Care (AIH) grants
Arts in Health Care grants support arts activities, presentations and artist residencies that occur in health care facilities, rehabilitation centers and in centers serving the needs of the elderly. The overall goal of this grant category is to utilize the arts to enhance the quality of life and promote an environment conducive to healing for patients, residents, and/or clients. This grant category is in response to the Arts Council’s commitment to meeting the needs of underserved populations, which can include the elderly, people with disabilities and people with health challenges.

Arts in Health Care Directory
A searchable directory to find professional artists who are trained to provide arts experiences to residents and clients of hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Artists in this directory have been juried based upon their ability to work in health care settings. 

Click here for examples of Arts in Health Care projects in our Spotlights archive.

Additional Resources:

Governor’s Commission on Disability

UNH Institute on Disability

National Endowment for the Arts accessibility office

National Endowment for the Arts study: Arts and Aging, Building the Science

Project Access Database

Global Alliance for Arts & Health

National Center for Creative Aging: Online Artist Training

Article on Benefits of Choirs for Elders

Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center's "Artists Working in Healthcare" keynote presentation by Elaine Sims and Paula Most



Last updated: June 12, 2014

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