Impact

Our Results and Supporting Research

Program Outcomes are HERE.

Recent Program Metrics are HERE.

Our Annual Report is HERE.

… As We Age

…From fewer instances of falls to less medication usage, higher ratings of overall health and less loneliness and depression; results point to powerful positive intervention effects of community-based art programs run by professional artists. These results signify true health promotion and disease prevention effects, revealing a positive impact on maintaining independence and on reducing dependency; qualities which provide real impact in reducing risk factors that drive the need for long term care (Cohen, 2006). More Information HERE

…When Living With A Disability

In addition to improving self esteem and promoting socialization skills in participants with disabilities, the arts also help students with major disabilities express anger, frustration, fear, confusion, and unhappiness. Art not only gives students with disabilities a way to express themselves, but it also provides them with a vehicle to communicate with their peers. Because choice is central to art making, arts programming increases feelings of independance, and can improve mental wellness in disabled populations. (Mason, Thormann & Steedly, 2004) More Information HERE

… In Our Community

We know that learning happens when we ask questions, and public art prompts vital and primary questions about our environment and ourselves. Public art can encourage a broad range of learning opportunities, from didactic to aesthetic. Public art activates the imagination and encourages people to pay attention and perceive more deeply the environment they occupy. Public art stimulates learning and thought about art and society, about our interconnected lives, and about the social sphere as a whole. Public art is uniquely accessible and enables people to experience art in the course of daily life, outside of museums or other cultural institutions. Public art provides everyone in the community direct and ongoing encounters with art. It engages social interaction—both during the selection process and following installation. And, an artwork can lead the viewer toward self-reflection and awareness. Most of all, public art creates a sense of civic vitality in the cities, towns and communities we inhabit and visit. (Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network Council)

… While We Heal

The incorporation of the arts into the healthcare experience has a positive impact on patient health outcomes. The arts benefit patients by aiding in their physical, mental, and emotional recovery including relieving anxiety and decreasing the perception of pain. In an atmosphere where the patient often feels out of control, the arts can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, reducing stress and loneliness and providing opportunities for self expression. Art also has the power to communicate and educate, giving it a growing role of significance in healthcare institutions. In addition, research shows that the arts can reduce patients’ use of pain medication and length of stay in the hospital, and improve compliance with recommended treatments—offering substantial savings in healthcare costs. (Society for the Arts in Healthcare, 2009 State of the Field Report) More Information HERE