NYU Steinhardt joins launch of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab/Lancet global series on health benefits of the arts

The Jameel Arts & Health Lab, a collaboration between Community Jameel, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office of Europe, NYU Steinhardt and CULTURUNNERS, announces a global research series convened by The Lancet, to explore the health and wellness benefits of the arts.

“Through this collaboration with The Lancet, we hope to advance a holistic vision of health in which all available resources, including arts and cultural resources, are valued and implemented towards increasingly equitable and effective systems of care,” said Nisha Sajnani, co-director, Jameel Arts & Health Lab.


Based between NYU Steinhardt and the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, the Jameel Arts & Health Lab has announced a global research series that will explore the health benefits of the arts.

Convened by The Lancet, one of the world’s preeminent medical journals, this global series builds on a 2019 WHO Report that identified the contribution the arts can have in promoting good health and health equity, preventing illness, and treating acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan.

The series is led by the Jameel Arts & Health Lab co-directors, Nisha Sajnani, associate professor and director of NYU Steinhardt’s Drama Therapy program, and Nils Fietje, Technical Officer, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

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