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Exploring the role of the arts as a new frontier and partner in health, care and wellbeing.

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19 Sept – 14 Nov, 2021

Schedule of events


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday 14th November 2021

Healing Arts Symposium

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium @ The Met

This first-of-its-kind symposium will convene key artists, healthcare workers, researchers and organizers in call to action to acknowledge and act on the evidence base for the health benefits of the arts. The day-long event will feature global perspectives on the arts as a vital partner in health, care, and wellbeing.

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National Organization for Arts in Health

Thursday 21st October 2021

Plenary - World Health Organization

Advancing an equitable global arts and health agenda

A healthy society is a just society. The WHO Arts and Health agenda is concerned with the role of the arts in physical, mental, and social wellbeing. With this in mind, this panel will present efforts to advance research, practice, and policy concerning the arts and health within a framework of global health equity.

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NBC & Paleyfest

15 October 2021

New Amsterdam Cast & WHO talk

As part of the annual Paleyfest, WHO joins the cast and creators of the NBC TV show New Amsterdam to discuss the healing power of art. Beyond entertainment, does television have a beneficial role in dramatizing health stories for the public? How did the experience of the pandemic, and the way it was covered by the show affect the cast and their audience? From a WHO perspective, what can a health themed show do to positively influence the health of its audience? How does the real life experience of WHO and health care workers at the point of care compare to the the fictionalized version?

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12 October 2021

Convergence Preview & Panel

Netflix and WHO invite you to a special panel discussion about the film Convergence, directed by Oscar winning director Orlando Von Einseidel. The film covers the human side of the pandemic response, following the stories of first responders from around the world, up to and including the WHO in Geneva. With unique access to WHO staff, the film bears witness to an unprecedented crisis where the world can and must come together, and the dangers when we fail to do so. The film is now available on Neflix.

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October 2021 (Date TBC)

Artistic Freedom: Reimagining the prison system

With increased awareness of the correlation between poor mental health and imprisonment, art is emerging as a powerful, restorative tool. For this event, join a line-up of international musicians, artists, curators and academics for a series of deeply personal reflections that explore the individual and societal benefits of creativity within the prison system and its potential to support long-term reform and rehabilitation.

Image Credit: Artwork made during inmate collaborations with © Edmund Clark

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The People's Bus

Septemer - November 2021

The People’s Bus is coming to a neighborhood near you!

Hop aboard the People’s Bus, a community-led initiative by NYC Civic Engagement Commission artist in residence, Yazmany Arboleda. Join Yazmany alongside other artists, community organizations, and neighborhood leaders and celebrate NYC’s resilience through live performances, storytelling, and interactive workshops all while distributing information and community resources.



Launched September 2021

The Healing Power of Art

Listen to meditations, reflections, and somatic exercises around art and well-being.

MoMA joins Healing Arts New York with the launch of four new guided audio meditations exploring artworks in the Museum’s collection. A special contribution by Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead at the WHO, reflects on his personal history with Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.

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NYU Steinhardt & MoMA

Monday 20th - Tuesday 21st September 2021

Launch of Arts & Health @ NYU

Join Nisha Sajnani, Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and the Creative Arts Therapies Consortium at NYU Steinhardt for the launch of Arts & Health @ NYU, a university-wide initiative designed to advance research on the benefits of the arts on our physical, mental, and social wellbeing across the lifespan. This virtual launch will be followed by a historic closed convening of charter collaborating centers with the WHO Arts & Health Program to be held at MoMA.

Image Credit: Clarion Call, 2020, © Almigdad Aldikhaiiry

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday 19th September, 12 – 2pm 2021

The Arts & Wellbeing

Healing Arts New York Launch Event

Join leading artists, policymakers, and academics for a virtual event panel exploring the arts as a new frontier in health, care, and wellbeing. This special panel and project presentation marks the launch of Healing Arts New York, the final of a series of 2021 global city activations to advance relationships between Arts & health research, practice, and policy.

Image Credit: Degrees of Separation, 2019 © Almigdad Aldikhaiiry

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Monday, November 1, 2PM ET


Created by Diana Wyenn

To mark National Diabetes Awareness Month we invite audiences to experience Diana Wyenn's award-winning autobiographical thrill ride that takes you through the roller coaster that is diabetes. Originally conceived for the stage, Blood/Sugar is now a breath-taking virtual experience complete with rich projections, movement, text, and innovative theatricality. By illuminating the day-to-day choices that shape the lives of more than 422 million people worldwide, Wyenn cuts through the commonly held myths, misconceptions, and stigma surrounding diabetes in all its forms and shares how together we can collectively put a stop to the escalating diabetes pandemic and heal more than just our bodies.



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Academic Partners

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Cultural Partners

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Global City Activations: 2021-2022

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London, England

A global COVID-19 response through the arts - specifically to address the growing mental health crisis. Activated as part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Solidarity Series of Events.

Venice, Italy

In partnership with Ark Reimagined - the official selection of the Iraq pavilion in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale - Healing Arts Venice explores the role of art in community healing and rehabilitation after major conflicts and mass trauma.

Paris, France

Launching with Christie's major photography sale in June, Healing Arts Paris convenes the art, health and policy world for high-level discussions on the role of culture in shaping a healthier society in the wake of Covid-19.


Aspen, USA

A focus on mental and environmental health will shape a city-wide activation in Aspen this Summer 2022. Collaborations with a range of the Aspen institutions will shape a global discussion in the local context.


Houston, USA

With a focus on societal health, Healing Arts Houston in January 2022 will explore the integration of the Arts in Medical Care and Education to engage a cross-sectional representation of Houston’s arts and health community.

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New Delhi, India

Healing Arts will travel to New Delhi in early 2022 with a community-focussed program designed to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and provide credible mental health resources in India.

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