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Arts & Health @ NYU

We know that the arts give us vital ways to interpret, understand, and communicate experience, challenge assumptions, and advocate for change. However, it is only in recent years that there have been systematic and controlled studies of these effects alongside developments in practice and policy. 

Arts & Health @NYU is a university-wide initiative to bring together faculty and students from across NYU global campuses who are involved in the study and practice of how the arts contribute to our physical, psychological, social, organizational, ecological, and public health. 

Arts & Health @ NYU is a hub for collaboration and exchange for those already engaged in the intersections of the arts and wellbeing or interested in learning more. We are committed to impact by advancing interdisciplinary research, artistic practice, therapeutic innovation, policy development, and contemporary curricular offerings.


Bios of Co-Directors Dr. Nisha Sajnani, Dr. Andrew Feigin, Dr. Mary Bitel, Prof. David Purdy, and Prof. Kristin Horton.

Collaborating Faculty

These faculty collaborate with Arts & Health @ NYU and engage in research, practice, pedagogy, and policy development in this area.

Affiliated Labs

Arts & Health @ NYU is a hub for research and clinical centers across NYU where the physical, mental, and social benefits of the arts are explored.

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Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Reflection from the Arts and Health Caucus

Dr. Nisha Sajnani and her co-conveners share their reflections from "Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Summit on Arts and Culture," hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Using Theatre to Confront Healthcare Discrimination in NYC

The NYC Health Equity Project’s recent workshop explored how theatre can help change discriminatory attitudes and actions in healthcare.

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Measuring the Effects of Murals in Hospitals

The Jameel Arts & Health Lab is leading a global study to understand whether murals in healthcare settings have a measurable effect on well-being.

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