The Potential of Partnerships in Arts and Healthcare
Imagine a hospital with musicians on call, able to come to your bedside
to play for you. Arts and crafts workshops tailored to the needs of
patients with a specific type of illness. Healing gardens with visual
arts classes. Weekly lunchtime poetry readings. While it’s not the harsh
white light and smell of antiseptic cleaners most people associate with
healthcare, this model is gaining in popularity. For decades, some
organizations have incorporated the arts into healthcare, and now, as
more and more of them are forging partnerships across a variety of
organizations, the practice has a broader reach than ever. All of the examples above are real, and they are from one program, Shands Arts in Medicine at UF&Shands, the teaching hospital at the University of Florida.
Createquity features a section of reviews of important arts policy research papers, the Arts Policy Library. I reviewed Ann Markusen's 2003 paper "The Artistic Dividend: The Arts’ Hidden Contributions to Regional Development," which aims to reveal what economists typically miss when they measure the impact of the arts sector on regional economies. I present both my full response and a condensed version.