Could the arts be good for your health?
The Lancet medical journal is set to publish its most extensive scientific research project to date exploring the connections between health and the arts, expected in early 2024. The peer review-pending series is led by the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, a collaboration by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Community Jameel, NYU Steinhardt and CULTURUNNERS.
Stephen Stapleton, founder of CULTURUNNERS, speaks about the potential impact of the series, saying: “The collaboration with the WHO means there is a path for the recommendations to reach ministers of health and ministers of culture in UN member states.” He adds, “The arts play such a vital role in our social health. People are talking not just about saving the arts but putting them to work.”