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  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.