Measurably improving health and wellbeing through the arts
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The Jameel Arts & Health Lab has been established by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, the Steinhardt School at New York University, Community Jameel, and CULTURUNNERS. Focused on overlooked and underserved communities, the lab will coordinate and amplify scientific research into the effectiveness of the arts in improving health and wellbeing. Leveraging data, artist-led advocacy and a global ‘Healing Arts’ campaign, the Lab will drive policy implementation across 193 UN member states.

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Jameel Arts & Health Lab Signing Ceremony at WHO Europe Headquarters, UN City, Copenhagen.

Pictured from left: Rob Butler (WHO), Katrine Bach Habersaat (WHO), Nils Fietje (WHO), Cléa Daridan (Community Jameel), George Richards (Community Jameel), Hans Kluge (WHO), Dr. Nisha Sajnani (NYU Steinhardt), Christopher Bailey (WHO), and Stephen Stapleton (CULTURUNNERS)

2023 Research Project: The benefits of singing for maternal mental health.

Music & Motherhood program for Postnatal Depression. Photo Courtesy of Ioana Ofelia & WHO Europe

2023 Research Project: Arts to support psychological resilience and recovery in post-conflict communities.

Yazidi Cultural Archives Workshop for women survivors of the 2014 genocide in Iraq perpetrated by Da’esh. Photo courtesy of Yazda.

2023 Research Project: Art in Hospitals and Care Settings.

Hospital Rooms Mural by Yinka Ilori in Atrium of Springfield Hospital Psychiatric Unit. Photo courtesy of Damian Griffiths and Hospital Rooms

2023 Research Project: Arts in Dementia Care.

Meet Me at MoMA Program for Visitors with Alzheimers disease. Photo courtesy of MoMA

2023 Healing Arts Campaign: George Richards, Founder of Community Jameel, speaking at the Jameel Arts & Health Lab global launch.

National Arts Club, New York. 27 Feb 2023

2023 Healing Arts Campaign: Arts & Health Technical Round-table hosted by Aeon Collective, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) and the G20 Innovation Hub.

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). Jeddah. 28 Feb 2023

2023 Healing Arts Campaign: Creative Brain Week - a Global Brain Health Institute innovation.

Trinity College Dublin. 6-11 March 2023

2023 Healing Arts Campaign: WHO75 free Healing Arts Concert in celebration of WHO’s 75th anniversary and World Health Day.

L'Orchestre des Nations, Victoria Hall, Geneva. 8 April 2023

“The arts can be a powerful ally in our quest to improve health for all. I have seen the impact of the arts on community wellbeing, and I’m very pleased that this collaboration will help us understand the science of that impact in order to improve the lives of people from all backgrounds."

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General



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