Community Health and the Participatory Arts

Crucial Issues and Exciting Opportunities


Tuesday, October 11, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Organized by Maria Rosario Jackson, senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center and director of the Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program, Urban Institute; Amy Kitchener, executive director, Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

Presented by Ming Ng, director of programming, Active Arts at the Music Center, Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County; Beatriz Solis, director, Healthy Communities South Region, The California Endowment.

This session builds on prior GIA sessions exploring the intersection between participatory arts and community health. Discussants representing different perspectives will share examples from their own programs and/or research. The conversation will cover several issues: new collaborations between health funders and arts organizations; validation of the work in the arts and health fields, including attention to financial support; criticism; peer networks; and training for this kind of hybrid work. The session will identify and explore critical issues for GIA members engaged in and/or thinking about this kind of work.