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Register for “Health & Wellness through Creativity” on Oct. 23

Christian Kelly, Public Relations & Events Manager

photo of a young man looking at the camera while holding a violin, the neck also pointing at the camera. His chin is on the instrument and he's smiling, the bow poised in the air to begin playing
A Community Music Center of Boston student before performing at Russell Multicultural Night. Photo: Rue Sakayama.

Mass Cultural Council believes in the Power of Culture, including the positive impacts participating in arts and cultural events and activities can have on us. Since first launching our CultureRx: Social Prescription pilot program in 2020, we have measured how participation in the arts and creativity improves personal and community health and wellness.

This month, in partnership with the University of Florida Center for Arts and Medicine and Dr. Tasha Golden, we released a new resource, Arts on Prescription: A Field Guide for US Communities. This field guide offers a roadmap for communities to develop programs that integrate arts, culture, and nature resources into local health and social care systems. Käthe Swaback, who has been leading this work for Mass Cultural Council, shares more in a recent blog post.

We invite you to join us for a convening where we’ll further discuss Arts on Prescription. This convening will feature a keynote panel discussion with leaders who have been closely involved in this work. They’ll share insights and findings of how and why the creative and cultural sector is an essential partner in the fields of health and wellness.

This panel discussion will be moderated by CultureRx Program Manager Erik Holmgren, Ed.D. Speakers include:

  • Vanessa Ford, Associate Director, Community Music School of Springfield
  • Cristina Huebner Torres, Chief Executive Vice President, Caring Health Center
  • Maria Silvia, Chief Operating Officer, Latino Counseling Center
  • Adrienne Hundley, Art Pharmacy
  • Käthe Swaback, CultureRx Program Officer, Mass Cultural Council

After the speaking program, all are welcome to visit a break-out room:

  1. Programs At-a-Glance – Meet with our program officers to learn more about Mass Cultural Council’s grant programs for the creative and cultural sector this year
  2. Arts on Prescription – Join our CultureRx staff and partners to learn more about the practice of Arts on Prescription
  3. Local Cultural Councils – Members of our Communities Team will provide an overview of LCC Program grants and a Q&A
  4. MASSCreative – Join our statewide advocacy partners, MASSCreative, to hear about their policy platform for the 2023-2024 legislative session on Beacon Hill

Health & Wellness through Creativity

Community Music School of Springfield
127 State Street, Springfield MA, 01103

October 23, 2023 10am-12:30pm (Doors at 9:30am.)

WATCH: Recording of the panel

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If you can’t attend in person, we will be sharing the panel discussion virtually.

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