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The healing power of art

'Whispering' by Jaume Plensa

“Whispering’ is a curtain of stainless steel letters created by Jaume Plensa for the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic Center for Medical Art & Photography

Have you ever thought that “art can cure” or that at least it can help to do so?

Under this lines we present a series of references, projects, organisations and experiences which illustrate that already undertaken experiences have had amazing and positive results using the healing powers of art:


1. More Hospitals use the Healing Powers of Public Art.

Researchers are learning more about the precise ways paintings and other works of art help patients and families in the healing process…

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2. The connection between art, healing, and public health: A review of current literature

This review explores the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing…

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3. The Institute for Creative Health

an independent non-profit Australian organisation with the mission to prove that the arts, in all its guises, are essential to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities…

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4. Arts in Medicine

transforming the hospital experience through the arts…

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Also if we approach to the issue of health from a wide perspective we will also understand that being healthy has also to do with our social and emotional states within an specific social context, the experiences such as the following must also be considered as related to the field of art & heath:


Journalist Rebecca Ratcliffe explores how Salendine Nook, winners of the School We’d Like competition 2013, used street art to transform the school visually and boost academic work…

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Please feel free to complement this post including your references, links and examples as comments.


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