The environments in which we live and work impact our quality of life in multiple ways. Having access to meaningful interactions with others along with access to healthcare services and meeting basic needs impact our health and well-being as individuals and as communities.
There is a growing evidence base demonstrating the health benefits of engaging in the arts. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described how arts engagement encourages recovery and promotes a more holistic approach to healthcare. For centuries, humans have created and expressed through the arts to make sense of our world, to connect with others, and to contribute to our environment in impactful ways.
Arts and Health encompasses multiple disciplines and sectors that use the arts to impact or support the health and well-being of individuals and communities. At Ohio University, there are multiple programs, collaborations, and community opportunities available to engage with the arts for improved quality of life and well-being.