Creating Healthy Communities Through Cross-sector Collaboration

Sonke, J.

January 30, 2020

This white paper illuminates the value of the arts and culture for advancing health and well-being in communities and provides models and trajectories for collaboration. The paper calls for cross-sector collaboration that draws on the histories, strengths and knowledge of both public health and arts and culture - as well as on the communities these sectors are designed to serve. Through this collaboration, opportunities will be expanded for the creation of healthy and equitable communities.

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Artists and scientists alike are focused on exploring the world and try to understand the universe through introspection, examination and experimentation. Their differences in perspective and methodology can lead to novel dialogue. Combining scientific exploration with creative expression offers unique opportunities for forming new knowledge, discovery and creativity. To tackle the intractable challenges of our global society requires a brand new language – a language of interdisciplinarity, interconnectedness, and intersectionality. Relational Space provides an immersive space for artistic expression and scholarly knowledge exchange with focus on Evidence-based Art: Art presented in relation to empirically supported ideas to promote transformational social change. Relational Space encourages communication and collaboration among artists, scientists, policy-makers and community activists. Our vision sees a more just and sustainable world, inspired by art and transformed through truth. 


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