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Creativity Connects Us

Improving Community Well-Being through the Arts

To address national health concerns, we partner with community-based organizations to develop evidence-based, creative expression programs that help improve personal and public health.

Mental Health & Community Well-Being: An Urgent Area of Focus

Our nation is in a state of significant turmoil and grief. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our sense of safety and normalcy, and in less than a year it became the third leading cause of death in America. Amidst these circumstances, we’ve been confronted with devastating killings resulting from systemic racism. These tragedies have been set against unprecedented political and social divisions that have put our communities’ well-being under alarming distress. As a result, Americans are increasingly struggling with anxiety and depression, and isolation and loneliness have grown exponentially.

However, a growing body of research demonstrates that creative expression and the arts offer unparalleled ability to meet this moment and unite people. The arts engage, inspire, and connect us. With evidence-based strategies, we help communities apply public health programs that use creativity and connection to improve health outlooks and outcomes.

Our Work

We promote the arts at national, local, and individual levels to engage people in advocating for its potential to maximize public health and happiness for communities.

National Initiatives

Our initiatives mobilize leading organizations from a diverse range of professions to identify and address societal health issues at scale.

Community Programs

We offer local organizations proven and easily replicable program solutions to improve their community’s well-being.

Individual Inspiration

We provide award-winning art content and creative activities to connect people with tools to help manage and sustain their individual health.

UnLonely Film Festival

Since 2016, our annual UnLonely Film Festival has supported people struggling with loneliness by celebrating the connecting power of storytelling. With over a 100 videos, these award-winning, free short films give a voice to the loneliness epidemic and help viewers feel less alone. This campaign raises awareness of the loneliness epidemic and convenes art, health, media, and policy luminaries to explore effective and sustainable solutions for communities.

Blog

Find research studies, articles, media placements, and editorial content that demonstrate how art serves as a catalyst for improved health.

Partnering with Community Organizations to Address Older Adult Loneliness

Partnering with Community Organizations to Address Older Adult Loneliness

Community-based organizations (CBOs) are well-positioned to provide effective programs that reduce loneliness, enhance social connection, and build social cohesion skills and confidence. Unfortunately, CBOs are often constrained by lack of suitable program content, skilled facilitators, and the ability to evaluate program outcomes to demonstrate benefit. This article describes an approach to partnering with CBOs to address loneliness that offers innovative program content, including creative arts expression, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning activities—all available for streaming or download from a digital platform, efficiently and cost-effectively.

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What We Do

See how we improve health and well-being through national initiatives, community programs, and resources for individual inspiration.

Who We Are

Meet our team of expert partners who accelerate progress by advocating for the arts’ ability to improve public health issues.

How We Do It

Learn more about how we combine creative expression and public health to improve community connection and well-being.

Join Us

Get involved and join our community that improves community health and happiness with art and creativity.