COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have spotlighted the grim reality that Black people in America do not have equitable access to all that is required to fully achieve physical, mental, and social health and well-being. To address these unjust systemic challenges, The Foundation for Art & Healing is partnering with community-based organizations, health systems, and other stakeholders to offer accessible and tested arts-based programs to reduce illness risk factors, increase self-care for chronic health conditions, and improve overall health outcomes.
Decades of race-based inequities in the U.S. have created significant health consequences for Black people, leading to higher rates of illness and increased risk of early death.
Black people face the highest COVID-19 mortality rates. While only 12% of the general population, they comprise 22% of COVID-19 deaths, making their death rate 2.1x higher.
Robbie McCauley describes how disease and disappointment helped reveal the road to healing through an unlikely source – Creative Expression. Robbie is renowned for her experience in experimental and avant-garde theater. Robbie has been honored with AUDELCO, Bessie, and OBIE Awards. In this video, she shares a private performance of her work Sugar. Read more about Robbie here.
Programs that Inspire
Grappling with complex health conditions is extremely difficult, often fraught with challenging negative emotions of guilt and shame. Through evidence-based programs like our Creativity Circles, Reflect & Connect, and Impact Events, we hope to reduce barriers to supportive services, increase access to health opportunities, enhance pro-health behaviors and improve health outcomes for Black adults.
Launching in Early 2021: Join Us.
Interested in helping us to bring Black Health and the Arts to community-based organizations (CBOs) where this can make a huge difference? We’d love to tell you more about ways to sponsor its development and rollout. And if you’re involved with a CBO that could benefit from this work, we want to hear from you, too, as we recruit for pilot sites! Please contact our Program Manager, Louisa Hudson, for more information: [email protected]
4.7 x HIGHER
COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATION RATE FOR BLACK PEOPLE
2.1 x HIGHER
COVID-19 DEATH RATE FOR BLACK PEOPLE
22% • 26%
INCREASE IN DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AMONG BLACK PEOPLE DURING THE PANDEMIC