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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 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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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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12 October 2021

Convergence Preview & Panel

Netflix and WHO invite you to a special sneak preview of the film Convergence, directed by Oscar winning director Orlando Von Einseidel, prior to its global release. 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 screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the directors and WHO exploring film as a medium to inform and transform its viewers towards hope and solidarity.

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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


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 to share arts and health case studies from around the world. The day-long event will highlight projects on the “frontline” of the pandemic where the crisis has exacerbated pre-existing threats to the environment, equity and access, economy, public health, political stability, and human rights.


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Academic Partners

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Cultural Partners

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Foundation 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.

New Delhi

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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