• The Arts Can Liberate Us from Loneliness

    For many people, Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate their bond with their loved one with cards and candy and champagne.  But for too many others, the day can be a painful reminder of their isolation. This is not a rare burden. A 2020 survey conducted by the health insurer Cigna found that 3 […]

  • Group Singing Provides a Good Refrain for the Brain

    As the holiday season kicks into high gear, the sounds of choral singing are everywhere. But group singing has been growing in popularity in all seasons. According to the Chorus Impact Study, participation in American choral groups rose from 14% in 2008 to 17% in 2018. Today, more than 54 million Americans sing in choruses. […]

  • Dialog Series: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma

    Jim Gordon, MD presenting

    “There are two common and dangerous misconceptions about psychological trauma,” states Dr. James S. Gordon in the introduction to his new book, “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.” “The first is that trauma comes to only some of us…The second is that trauma is an unmitigated disaster, causing permanent emotional crippling, requiring never-ending […]

  • Nigel Osborne: World-Class Composer Uses Music to Heal Children Traumatized by War

    Fear courses through your blood as the sounds of sniper shots surround you; the buildings you once recognized as your neighborhood are reduced to rubble on the ground. The destruction traumatizes you and your family; your children struggle to find the words to describe their feelings and regularly wake up from nightmares.  One day, an […]

  • How the Great Outdoors Improves Mental Health

    Mother nature knows best.

    Our society’s rapid pace of life and addiction to digital technology have created a stress epidemic in the 21st century. But there may be another major contributing factor: chronic nature deprivation. Our connection to nature has become very tenuous. More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities, a number that is predicted to […]

  • Dialog Series: Why The Arts are Essential to Public Health Research

    Tasha Golden presenting

    The International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) hosted its inaugural Dialog Series this spring, featuring singer/songwriter turned public health researcher Tasha Golden PhD. Dr. Golden’s workshop, Advancing Health Equity: Embracing the Creative Process to Evolve Health Research, demonstrated the value of using the arts as an innovative tool for communication, research and healing in […]

  • Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America

    Creating Health Communities Working Group

    Jill Sonke stood before a captivated audience of researchers, healthcare officials, museum directors and artists convening for a discussion of Arts in Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.  Sonke, Director of the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, presented an impressive body of work—over two decades of painstaking development of academic and clinical departments […]