“The arts benefit patients, their caregivers, and the systems that provide the care—saving money, reducing pain medication needs and the length of hospital stays, strengthening immune levels, decreasing depression, increasing memory and cognitive function, and improving communication and behavioral skills.”
While ongoing research supports the role of the arts in medical environments, we at WMA see that human connection through the arts also deeply impacts mental health and well-being in times of disruption.
At WMA, we’re doing our part to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in practical ways and by providing meaningful connections through the arts:
Additionally, WMA is considering the future impact of the arts sector, and our museum, on the health and well-being of our communities. Our temporary closure and eventual safe re-opening strategies will reflect our values: integrity, excellence, and leadership in professionalism. We are grateful for your support as we creatively imagine and implement protective health measures for our visitors and new ways to connect in the future, and as we continue to be a flagship for the visual arts in the rural Southeast.
Want to know more about the intersections of art, health, and well-being? Explore impact points and examples of practice here from our partners at Americans for the Arts.
Executive Director and Curator