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Creating Healthy Communities

 

The white paper has been published!

For the past 2 years, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine through the support of ArtPlace America and the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation has been engaged in a Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative.  The results of that outstanding effort are put forth in a the newly published white paper.

Aligned with my work at NJIT, I was privileged to be invited to participate in the first working group convening at the University of Cincinnati in June, 2018.  ArtPlace America and UFCAM brought together leaders and academicians from public and private institutions, organizations, and agencies for 2 days of stimulative conversation, sharing, deliberation and planning.  (If you are interested in my short presentation highlighting a meaningful project which addressed the lead in water crisis in Flint, MI please request here.  This outstanding example of cooperation through a rich cross state/artists/municipality/technology collaboration resulted in awareness-raising, advocacy and local small business support).

From the authors of the white paper:

The Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration white paper presents the views of more than 250 thought leaders from the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors who were convened in working groups in 2018 and 2019. Their voices are joined by over 500 participants in a national field survey and focus groups, and are supported by findings of a scoping review of arts + public health literature.

With the public health sector as a primary intended audience, the Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration white paper frames the value of the arts and culture for advancing health and well-being in communities. It offers examples and recommendations for expanding cross-sector collaboration and innovation, with the following goals:

  • Advance collaboration among those working at the intersections of art and culture, public health, and community development
  • Stimulate upstream interventions—aimed at systems, cultures, and policies—that reduce barriers to health and well-being
  • Assert the value of arts and culture for increasing health, wellbeing, and equity in communities
  • Foster transformative social change that advances health and wellbeing

This paper is also intended to offer value and guidance to community development, arts and culture, and other allied health sectors by providing examples of impactful cross-sector collaborations that engage arts and culture to address five critical public health issues: collective trauma, racism, social isolation and exclusion, mental health, and chronic disease. These concrete examples inform the paper’s recommendations and call to action, which assert the value of the arts and culture for community health transformation, and for advancing the culture of health being envisioned today.

Download the Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-Sector Collaboration white paper here.

 

 

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CCP Team Leaders to Present in Dublin

The Center for Creative Placemaking is implementing a multi-stage process to infuse evaluation into Creative Placemaking projects across New Jersey.  The team leaders of our process have been invited to present at The 11th  European Evaluation Society (EES) Conference in  Dublin.   “Infusing Evaluation into Arts Programs: An Example from the U.S.A.” is authored by:  Marion Terenzio, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bloomfield College, New Jersey USA and Patricia O’Connor, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The Sage Colleges, New York USA.

Creative Placemaking is a strategy to involve a wide range of artists, municipalities and community members creating and participating in arts-based projects and collaborations to improve the quality of community (and individual) life. Although Creative Placemaking efforts have beenunderway and there is general, almost expected acceptance that they are worthwhile, it has been difficult to coordinate and implement systematic efforts to evaluate these projects or collaborations, and thus resulting in a dearth of meaningful and credible measurable outcomes.

The process begins with the collection of Most Significant Change (www.mande.co.uk) stories. These stories will serve as the basis for identifying existing but not yet fully articulated objectives, through the MSC for Creative Placemaking process of review and discussion by those involved. We expect program developers and program participants will be engaged in the MSC for Creative Placemaking process. The clarification of objectives, for programs and projects, will lead to the development of measurable outcomes. Appropriate quantitative and qualitative strategies will be used to assess those outcomes. MSC for Creative Placemaking will become part of the ongoing review and clarification process. This session will describe critical points that support and inhibit successful infusion of evaluation into arts-based projects.