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Healing Arts Initiative

In partnership with

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As the world emerges from the greatest health challenge to the human race in a century, Healing Arts is a cultural call-to-action in response to COVID-19 and the global mental health crisis in its wake. The initiative incorporates an international media campaign, charity auctions in partnership with Christie's, and a series of city activations advocating for improved mental, social and environmental health through the arts.

Healing Arts is produced by CULTURUNNERS as part of the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Series of Events. The initiative was launched in 2020 in partnership with the WHO Foundation and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, as part of the United Nations' 75th Anniversary Programme (UN75).

Image Credit: Sutapa Biswas, Hospital Rooms commission for Garnet Ward


New York


Healing Arts New York will be a city-wide activation during this years historic UN General Assembly. Cultural venues across the city will be invited to imagine a post-pandemic world prioritizing health, art and sustainability.



With a focus on societal health, Healing Arts Houston 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


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

Program Highlights

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WHO Arts and Health Lead, Christopher Bailey speaking at the Wellcome Center, London.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General announcing the launch of the Healing Arts Auction Series, as part of the Healing Arts Initiative.

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