The Arts Council of Princeton works on-site and at residences and facilities in the Princeton area to bring professional and specially-tailored arts programming to members of the community with a range of abilities, from those living independently in low-income senior housing to those living in adult day care centers (see article) and those at the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at the University Medical Center (see article) who are coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Understand contemporary issues and best practices of how a range of arts modalities can be applied to comprehensive healthcare and community wellness initiatives through the critical examination of literature, including case studies in arts and health.
Uses patient-centered interdisciplinary approach to health care and care coordination, utilizing patient values and goals, community resources and benefits such as home based assessments, medication reviews, enhanced monitoring, and expert consult among others.
This article is not meant to be a comprehensive review of all of the literature available (other authors have provided comprehensive overviews in areas such as music therapy 32 and expressive writing 33 ). Instead, it represents a sampling of the many potential benefits of art in enhancing health and wellness.
Arts participation is a core value across all areas of the Arts Council’s work as reflected in the current mission statement , which commits to increasing public access, participation and engagement in the arts, as well as assisting artists of all disciplines to make work of excellence.
In addition to the sources just mentioned, specific journals were also targeted because of their connection to art and health: Health Education Research, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Health Education and Behavior, The Arts in Psychotherapy, and the Journal of Music Therapy.