The Foundation for Arts & Healing was founded in the wake of 9/11 to promote the power of the arts to improve health and well-being for both individuals and communities.
The arts inspire us, engage us, and ultimately connect us. They give us a way to make sense of universal experiences and to connect one’s personal story with the millions of other stories, struggles and victories that form the arc of human experience. Creative expression also remarkably changes our brains. Music, images, movement, and language translate into thoughts, feelings, moods, and emotions, which then have a direct impact on our bodies, our minds, and how we behave.
“It’s life-saving. I have to admit to you, sometimes I feel it’s not worth living, because there’s too many problems and it’s so overwhelming. But when you have some drawing and pleasure and fun, and you’re doing your passion, you can live. You have something to look forward to. Even if she only came once a week, oh my God, I could cry. She actually gave us paint. I hadn’t seen paint in all those years. I could live to a hundred and four if this Deborah would come back. I could live a long and happy life if she comes every week.”
Loneliness affects more than 60% of us and is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Loneliness is one of the fastest-growing public health concerns today (affecting nearly two-thirds of American adults according to Cigna’s January 2020 Loneliness Index). This has dire health consequences as loneliness increases mortality risk by 30%—the same as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.
Certain populations are at particular risk, including older adults, those with a major illness, veterans, caregivers, LGBTQ individuals, minorities and the marginalized, adolescents, and young adults.
In response, we launched our signature initiative, The UnLonely Project, to help reduce the stigma and health burdens that surround loneliness by encouraging people to tap into outlets for creative expression, sharing their stories, and engaging with the stories of others.
“I have only just started watching these films and they are wonderful. They are heartwarming and wonderful for anyone to view. It affirms we are part of something larger than ourselves that is often more similar than we imagine.”
Our work is more critical than ever.
Many of us struggle with the impact of social isolation and loneliness caused by the pandemic, social injustice, economic uncertainty, and political divides. We believe our work is critical, especially now, in helping people feel more connected. Please consider supporting our efforts to expand awareness of how the arts and creative expression can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Please consider supporting our work.
Individual contributions are the backbone of philanthropy, and it is the generosity and vision of individuals that inspire real change. The Foundation welcomes and encourages gifts of all sizes to support our array of initiatives. Whether you can give $5,000 to commission further development of our programs for the UnLonely Project and Black Health and the Arts, or $500 to support our efforts of getting in front of critical thought-leaders, we will use your generous gift of any amount efficiently and effectively. Thanks!
You can also mail your check to:
Foundation for Art & Healing
77 Stearns Road
Brookline, MA 02446
The Foundation for Art & Healing is a 501(c)3 public charity, and as such, all contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
“I made friends with a woman who was younger than me. I made a new friend. That’s part of it. Interacting. Talking to people, while you’re working. Sharing the art materials. I was next to a woman in a wheelchair who was very sick. I gave her some of my art materials and she was so happy to be near me and talk. It’s like a ripple effect, this group. The socialization aspect of it is far reaching.”