The statewide Arts and Health initiative grew directly from the strategic planning for the RI Teaching Artists Center. Teaching artists overwhelmingly supported the focus of RITAC on both education and health and healing. For over a year, RITAC has been involved with the RI State Council on the Arts, the RI Department of Health, and the Brown University School of Public Health on examining how the arts and artists have an impact in the healthcare sector nationally, and increasing that impact in Rhode Island. The research model used was based on the National Endowment for the Arts Community-Engaged Research in Arts and Health.
One of the project outcomes will be an online “evidence map”, looking at research that already exists. Over 6000 research studies were analyzed for potential inclusion in the map. Another outcome of the Arts and Health project will be a state plan for Arts and Health, with recommendations in the areas of Policy, Practice, and Research. The state plan is currently being drafted with the assistance of a 30-member advisory group of both arts and healthcare practitioners who have been instrumental to the planning process, and is expected to be completed by the end of February 2018.
If you are interested in giving feedback on the draft plan, contact Sherilyn Brown at Sherilyn.firstname.lastname@example.org