IAM Lab News and Stories

  • Wide Angle Youth Media: Fostering the Next Generation of Storytellers

    It is difficult to separate the work of the students at Wide Angle Youth Media from the city they call home. Baltimore is, by many measures, an epicenter of racial inequity. With neighborhoods clearly segregated by race and class, the city is still defined by redlining and housing discrimination nearly 60 years after the Civil […]

  • All Stories Will Matter

    The Power of Storytelling in the Pursuit of Health Equity

    By IAM Lab Guest Contributor David Olawuyi Fakunle, Ph.D. Every story has essential elements: plot, characters, settings, themes and the overall message. A lot of times, what makes a story effective isn’t any of these things but rather the moment in which the story is told. The story of George Floyd’s murder was no different […]

  • Just Dance: A Prescription for Mental Wellbeing

    In a village on the east coast of China, a farming couple and their “rural-style shuffle dance” has gone viral on TikTok. Their dancing is joyful and upbeat, sometimes taking place in front of fields of corn or grazing cows. And it has been therapeutic. The husband, Fan Deduo, had fallen into a depression following […]

  • Arts for Health Equity and Social Justice: A New IAM Lab Series

    Art has always been a reflection of and response to the world around us. It’s also a way of envisioning what is possible and what is just. We have seen art-making on the front lines of the current uprising, with people around the world using art to call out racism, end police brutality and fight […]

  • PTSD and the Arts: A Path to Healing Our Healers

    More than two months into the pandemic, experts are raising concerns over the long-term mental health implications for healthcare and other frontline workers. Behind the hospital ward weddings, standing ovations and donated meals, there are thousands of doctors, nurses and paramedics who are exhausted, anxious and traumatized by their experiences caring for those with COVID-19. […]

  • Why a Dose of Nature Is Essential to Your Mental Health

    When was the last time you went out and soaked up some nature? Even in pre-pandemic times, most American adults spent 93% of their time indoors. Now, with social distancing requirements in place, the time we spend at home and inside has only increased. But during this stressful time, our connection to nature is more […]

  • 5 Weekend Art Activities to Bust Quarantine Fatigue

    Lockdowns are easing in some areas of the world, but large public gatherings and trips to a museum, library or concert are mostly off-limits.  Still, you can get your daily dose of art and culture at home with these new offerings.  Give one a try—your brain will thank you for it! 1. Reading:  Enjoy these […]

  • Can the Arts Help Us Heal Our Grief?

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide, there is no running tally of the millions left behind to grieve for their loved ones. The weight and scale of this kind of loss in such a short period of time is difficult to fathom, but palpable. The world is collectively […]

  • Worried About Closed Schools and Learning Loss? The Arts Can Help

    child and parent drawing

    Typically at this time of year, we start to hear and read news stories about the dreaded “summer brain drain” or “summer slide” for students. What exactly is sliding and where does it happen? Studies show that most students lose skills in math without practice over the summer—up to 3 months of what they learned […]

  • How Art Brings Humanity and Healing to the Patient’s Bedside

    Child patient reaching for tree art

    Healthcare professionals are under extreme pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting their medical training and resourcefulness to the test daily. Many are going above and beyond the call of duty by turning to the arts to comfort and heal patients. As a clapback to the virus, singing and dancing have erupted spontaneously […]