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Charles Alston, Man Emerging, 1969

Arts in Medicine

The Arts in Medicine department at NYC Health + Hospitals is part of a larger systemwide strategy to support workforce wellness. The department fosters the emotional well-being and promotes healing for patients, families, and caregivers. This is accomplished through activities and programs that utilize the visual, literary and performing arts throughout the Health + Hospitals system.

Research has demonstrated that engaging in art activities even for a short time each day makes you;

  • Happier
  • More joyful
  • Less lonely
  • Positively impacts your mental health
  • Positively impacts your physical health

Arts in Medicine stewards, curates’ evidence-based design in our hospital spaces, exhibits and creates greater access for the health system’s visual art collection. In addition, the department develops evidence-based programs and art interventions for our health care facilities and clinics. This is achieved by combining artistic innovation and education into high-quality health care that supports the healing benefits of the arts.

We believe that the arts and art programming are an essential component of the continuum of care to support healthy, vibrant communities.