GIA President & CEO Reflects on the Role of Arts and Culture in Health
Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) President & CEO, wrote recently on the role of arts and culture in health, aligning with the 2019 Grantmakers in Health (GIH) annual conference on June 12-14, at which GIA presented the work of the Center for Arts in Medicine at University of Florida, The Kresge Foundation, and artist collective Harriet’s Apothecary.
When so many elements contribute to the health of our residents—what do you not fund? I worked as a grantmaker in both the private and public sector in an area that was opportunity-dense for a decade and I have also worked with grantmakers in areas that they identify as opportunity-sparse. Information that increases the complexity of funding decisions is frustrating. But I’ve experienced the grantmaking community as one that is embracing of informed deliberation, strategic and energetically iterative. I am so excited by the opportunities to blend arts and culture, wellness, illness-prevention, and treatment.
Some weeks ago, GIA published a version of this essay. Read here Eddie Torres' President's Blog.
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