Issue 48 — The Art of Healing

Published

The Art of Healing

Public art is a healing force in neighborhoods, hospitals, and city spaces—and it often serves as acupuncture in the environment. In this issue, we’ll take an in-depth look at the innovative ways artists around the world are using public art to address and support the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems. Our writers are investigating:

  • Public art in hospitals, including art integrated into architecture and healing gardens
  • Health and the city: art that addresses urban issues through healing themes
  • Public art and disaster relief: how artists helped begin the healing process after disasters ilike Sandy, Katrina, the Japan Tsunami and the Queensland floods
  • Why cities should include artists in their disaster plans
  • Helping communities grieve: public art projects that address mourn loss and celebrate life

 

On the cover: To create Hands of Connection [2011] for the Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, local artist Ché Rhodes took dental molds of pairs of hands, including patients, family members, and medical staff. The cast pictured on the cover is one of 36 glass blocks that make up a partition wall within the hospital. Photo by Dean Lavenson. See Healing Arts: How five hospitals are incorporating art by Alyssa Ford.

Books

Featured

Healing Arts

Five hospitals demonstrate models for integrating art in institutional settings

Making Sanctuary

Artist Topher Delaney, whose medium is the land, talks about healing gardens and public art

Magazine Feature

Healing Arts

Five hospitals demonstrate models for integrating art in institutional settings

Making Sanctuary

Artist Topher Delaney, whose medium is the land, talks about healing gardens and public art

Viva la Evolution

U.S. artists invited to Cuba's 11th Havana Biennial discover a community passionately engaged in social practice

News

Art Break Day 2014

Cities worldwide are planning for the event in September 2014.

On Location

Art and Shopping

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago integrates site-specific works by 11 artists

Public Art / Public Works

St. Paul brings public artists into City Hall as partners in creating the city

Viva la Evolution

U.S. artists invited to Cuba's 11th Havana Biennial discover a community passionately engaged in social practice

Recent Projects

Shop Talk

Me-to-We Design

Museum director Nina Simon gives tips for building a successful participatory art project

Triggering Change

An experimental public art project in Maine leads to a call-to-action