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Program Services  

Arts for Underserved Populations:
Arts in Health 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. 

New Hampshire ARTS IN HEALTH Convening: Sharing Our Ideas and Programs
June 15, 2018, Concord Hospital (Boucher Conference room)

Introduction to TimeSlips Workshop offered at the Currier Museum
May 18, 2017, The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester

Creative Aging Workshops offered to NH Teaching Artists
September 16, 2015, West Lebanon or September 17, 2015, Concord

Past Conferences: 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.

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

New Hampshire Arts-in-Healthcare 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 and Concord 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.

Join the NH Arts in Health Network Listserv! (NHAHN)
A statewide Arts in Health Network has been established to improve the health of New Hampshire citizens through the arts. This network will serve as a catalyst, connector and convener for Arts in Health practitioners, supporters and programs throughout our state. We invite you, your colleagues and all interested individuals to join our NH Arts in Health Listserv so that you can be a part of the network. To join the NH Arts in Health Listserv (NHAHN Notices), please click here and complete the subscription form.

Arts in Health (AIH) grants
Arts in Health 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 Artists
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. Fees for individual artists are negotiated directly with them and many include their fee in their listing.
We encourage health-based providers to approach contracting an artist in the same way as any other hiring decision is made. Contact the artists to discuss programs and availability and contact references provided by the artist.

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

Additional Resources:

Governor’s Commission on Disability
UNH Institute on Disability
National Endowment for the Arts accessibility office
National Council on Aging tip sheet: Engaging People with Disabilities in Evidence-Based Programs (PDF)
National Center for Creative Aging: Online Artist Training
National Arts and Health Alliance Database, Resources & Publications
Elders Share the Arts
NH Endowment for Health



Last updated: May 3, 2018

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