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The Foundation for Art & Healing raises awareness of national health issues, most notably the loneliness epidemic. In particular, the Foundation promotes  creative expression as a path for individuals and communities to improve health and well-being.

Our Founder and President, Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, is one of the country’s foremost experts on loneliness and the loneliness epidemic. To read more about his background, please read his below bio.  For media requests or inquiries about Dr. Nobel, please contact us through the below button. In addition, our Board of Directors bring a broad range of perspectives and are terrific advocates and spokespeople for The Foundation for Art & Healing.

Recent & Notable Coverage

Raising awareness of urgent health issues and advocating for creative expression as a solution is critical to fulfilling the Foundation for Art & Healing’s mission. On this page, you’ll find recent media placements highlighting our efforts to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities through creative art expression.

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Here, you’ll find videos from conferences  and special events that focus on addressing the growing loneliness epidemic, and advocating for creative solutions that include the arts.

The first clip is from the 2022 Action Forum to End Social Isolation & Loneliness, and highlights the power of film. The 2nd clip is from  “Conversations on Belonging, Connection, & Wellbeing.”

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Reports, Releases, & Publications

Campus UnLonely Workshops in Action: Exploring Creative Solutions at The University of New England!

September 2022

BIDDEFORD, ME (September 26, 2022)
The University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, is committed to finding innovative ways to support mental health on campus. On September 26th, their students took part in a Colors & Connection workshop that used color and creative art-making to generate conversations around the issue of loneliness, and promote a sense of belonging. The goal was to offer the Student Affairs staff the curriculum, materials, and support they needed to provide a unique experience for their students– one that aligned with their current mental health initiatives on campus. With their focus on resilience, building community, and encouraging conversations around often difficult topics, UNE’s priorities were well-supported by the foundational principles that shape Colors & Connection.

SEE THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

Tackling the Loneliness Epidemic on College Campuses: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health steps up!

August 2022

BOSTON, MA (August 22nd, 2022) – The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), one of the leading public health schools in the nation, is making loneliness a key theme in new student orientation. On August 22nd, the incoming class was offered Colors & Connection workshops that used color and creative art-making to generate conversations around the experience of coming to HSPH and the vision of their future there. 115 students participated in three 45-minute workshops.

SEE THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

The Foundation for Art & Healing’s Project UnLonely Launches UnLonely Film Festival Season 6

May 2022

NEW YORK, NY (May 3rd, 2022) – The Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH), a nonprofit, mission-driven organization that uses creative expression and the arts to address some of the most urgent public health issues today, is thrilled to announce the 6th Annual UnLonely Film Festival Launch Event on Sunday, June 5th at 7 PM ET. The annual virtual event will kick-off the film festival’s 6th season of 36 new, powerful short films focused on loneliness from a diversity of perspectives. The full season is available after the launch for a full year of streaming, sharing, and fostering conversation around loneliness and connection.

SEE THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

Believe Limited Continues BioMarin Partnership on Breaking Through! Programming  with Documentary Filmmaking Project for Bleeding Disorder Community

April 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 21, 2022) On the heels of World Hemophilia Day, Believe Limited today announced a continuation of its exclusive partnership with BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and The Foundation for Art & Healing on Breaking Through! programming for the bleeding disorder community. Following the success of national and regional workshops and performances of “Hemophilia: The Musical,” this year the first-of-its-kind program will focus on a new artistic form – filmmaking.

The hybrid virtual and in-person workshops and productions will take place from June to October 2022 to provide adults aged 18 and older with powerful education on the healing and therapeutic power of the arts and self-expression.

SEE THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

The Foundation for Art & Healing’s Project UnLonely and essie Partner to Combat Loneliness on College Campuses

March 2022

NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2022) – The Foundation for Art & Healing and essie, the leading nail polish brand known for creating joy through color, are proud to announce their partnership in the U.S.  As a color-driven brand deeply rooted in celebrating creativity and fostering happiness, essie is dedicated to helping its community develop meaningful connections through color.  FAH’s Project UnLonely is reaching out to campus communities with its Colors & Connection workshops to raise awareness of loneliness and its impact on mental health, and to stimulate authentic connection through the use of color and story-telling.

Project UnLonely’s Colors & Connection is now available to campuses across the US. 

SEE THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

 

AARP Foundation and Foundation for Art & Healing Announce Stuck at Home (together) to Provide Support to Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact daily life across the country and around the world, the Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH), in collaboration with AARP Foundation, is addressing the emotional distress that results from the unprecedented public health demands for physical distancing. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, sponsored by AARP Foundation, showed nearly 1 in 4 older adults are socially isolated.

 

Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Now is the Time for Primary Care to Address Loneliness

September 2020

With more than 6 million diagnosed cases and nearly 200,000 deaths in the United States, the novel coronavirus is our nation’s most pressing public health crisis. And further, physical distancing measures have resulted in significant loneliness and social isolation—a parallel epidemic on the rise even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 50% of Americans report struggling with loneliness since the initial COVID surge in the US—and this loneliness can have devastating impacts on mental and physical health.

 

American Society on Aging: Partnering with Community Organizations to Address Older Adult Loneliness

September 2020

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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