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Arts in Health
Arts in Health Program

Arts in Health Program Coordinator: Lisa Burk-McCoy
lisa.burk-mccoy@dncr.nh.gov  l  603-271-0794

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts partners with health agencies, organizations, and artists to support effective and accessible arts experiences that serve NH’s most vulnerable populations: individuals and families whose lives are impacted by chronic disease, disability, behavioral health, substance misuse, aging and dementia, and incarceration.  We continue to explore opportunities to expand our support of key public health priorities that affect the well-being of NH citizens, including trauma, racism, social isolation, and income instability.  We do this work on behalf of all people in NH . . . because when arts experiences are part of a comprehensive health strategy, people enjoy healthier, more fulfilling lives and our communities thrive. 

Funding and Programs

Arts in Health Grant

Arts in Health is a 1:1 matching grant awarding funds up to $7,500. Two tracks are available for this category:

The Health and Healing Track supports arts projects that promote and facilitate individual health and healing through participatory arts engagement or through artist residencies.

The Public Health Track supports arts activities that address public health priorities for New Hampshire communities.  The Public Health Track is interested in supporting projects that address one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Collective/Intergenerational Trauma
  • Racism and Equity
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Misuse
  • Social Exclusion and Isolation
  • Chronic Disease
  • Housing and Neighborhood Disparities
  • Income Instability
  • Homelessness

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

Arts in Health Artist Roster
We provide a searchable directory of New Hampshire professional artists who are trained to provide arts experiences to residents and clients of hospitals, hospice programs, nursing homes, substance use rehabilitation centers, and/or correctional facilities. Artists in this directory are juried based upon their experience working in health care settings.

Professional artists are individual contractors. We encourage health-based providers to approach hiring an artist as they would for any other contracted position. Contact the artists directly to discuss programs, availability, expertise, and references. Fees should be negotiated with the artist; many artists state their customary fees in their roster listing.

NH Arts in Health Network Listserv (NHAHN)
We host a statewide Arts in Health Network to connect, convene and inform Arts in Health practitioners and administrators, and to catalyze Arts in Health practice across our state. The listserv participation is free and open to artists, healthcare organizations, and anyone working at the intersection of arts and health.  To join the NH Arts in Health Listserv (NHAHN Notices), please click here and complete the subscription form.

Professional Development
The Arts Council hosts periodic conferences and trainings to inform and support professional growth in the arts in health field. 

Past conferences include:

New Hampshire ARTS IN HEALTH Convening: Sharing Our Ideas and Programs
June 15, 2018, Concord Hospital

Introduction to TimeSlips
May 18, 2017, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester

Creative Aging Workshops for NH Teaching Artists
September 16, 2015, West Lebanon
September 17, 2015, Concord

2013 Arts in Healthcare 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.

Partnerships and Collaborations

We work collaboratively with agencies, organizations and initiatives to support statewide health priorities.  It is our goal to inform opportunities for the arts to facilitate healing and promote public awareness, in the interest of furthering effective practices and policies, and build healthy communities for all NH citizens.  

Examples of partnerships and participation include:

Endowment for Health, Race & Equity in NH

Granite United Way, Committee on Substance Misuse

Greater Nashua Public Health, 2019 Annual Meeting Working Together at the Roots: Building a Trauma-Informed Community

National Organization of Arts in Health, New England Arts in Health Network

New Hampshire Alliance for Health Aging

Research, White Papers and Surveys 

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts maintains a comprehensive Arts in Health Resource List (PDF).

 

 

 

Last updated: April 27, 2020

 
 
 
 
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