Based on its past success, the NYU Graduate Art Therapy Program has expanded programming at The Rubin Museum, offering free art therapy sessions for the public. Please see more information promoted by the Rubin Museum.
NYU Faculty and graduate students will lead "Healing Through Art" sessions through the end of the year on Saturdays. Graduate students received training from museum directors about the cultural intricacies of the newest exhibit, Death is Not the End, a timely post-pandemic exploration of global themes. The museum has waived entrance fees, allowing participants to engage in art therapy equitably. The program is collecting survey data to measure outcomes on the participant experience.
This partnership is an effective response to the need for arts-based wellness in cultural organizations, an aspiration summoned in the 2022 White House Executive Order: "The arts, the humanities, and museum and library services will be promoted and expanded to strengthen public, physical, and mental health; wellness; and healing, including within military and veteran communities."
The Parachute Project, initiated by the art therapy program, is a contribution to the global effort called for by UNICEF to understand the impact of the pandemic on children and adolescents.
This groundbreaking, innovative study is the first paper exploring the effects of art therapy on Parkinson's Disease in a medical peer-reviewed journal utilizing clinical, behavioral, eye tracking, and brain connectivity outcomes.
Soma Vajpayee, a former banker and executive coach, describes the journey that brought her from the business industry to NYU Steinhardt's art therapy program.