Healing Arts Symposium

Table of Contents Schedule10:30am WelcomeLive Painting10:45am Performance: Choir11:00am Healing Arts Leadership11:15am Performance: Searching-Supporting-Becoming11:20am Invited Speaker11:30am Panel: Guiding Policy to Advance the Arts and Health12:15pm Performance: Live and In Color12:45pm Global Examples of Arts and HealthAfternoon 1:45pm Project Presentation2:00pm Panel: Measuring the Health Benefits of the Arts2:35pm Project PresentationsBreak 3:40pm Performance: Synchrony3:50pm […]

Livestreamed from the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art


How are the arts a vital investment in our physical, mental, and social health? Join leading voices from healthcare, cultural organizations, government, and the UN to discuss the arts as a new frontier and partner in health, care, and wellbeing across the lifespan. 

This event marks the culmination of Healing Arts New York, the last of a series of 2021 city activations, produced by CULTURUNNERS, to convene global arts and health researchers, practitioners and policymakers.

The Future is Unwritten Healing Arts Symposium is presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and World Health Organization (WHO) Arts and Health Program in partnership with the Creative Arts Therapies Consortium at NYU Steinhardt , the NeuroArts Blueprint, an initiative of the International Arts + Mind Lab at John Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Health, Medicine, and Society Program at The Aspen Institute, and the Open Mind Project.

Watch on The Met’s Facebook, YouTube, or here.

The Symposium is presented with American Sign Language interpretation and Closed Captioning. 


10:30am Welcome

Live Painting

  • Almigdad Aldikhaiiry, Artist (artwork featured at top of page)

10:45am Performance: Choir

  • GuavaTones, Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School
  • Dalia Sakas and Michelle Trovato, co-directors
  • Alex Herrera, alto
  • Matthew Herrera, soprano
  • Maya Graves, soprano
  • Madeline Mau, soprano
  • Diana Murray, alto
  • Vinnie Wang, soprano

11:00am Healing Arts Leadership

  • Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, WHO
  • Nisha Sajnani, Founder, Arts & Health @ NYU; Chair, Creative Arts Therapies Consortium; Associate Professor and Director, Program in Drama Therapy, New York University
  • Stephen Stapleton, Founding Director, CULURUNNERS / The Future is Unwritten

11:15am Performance: Searching-Supporting-Becoming

  • Da Hyun Kim, Karli O’Connell, Kiana Robinson, Colson Lynn, dancers
  • Rafailia Bampasidou, composer
  • Choreographed by dancers and Deborah Damast Director, Dance Education, NYU

11:20am Invited Speaker

11:30am Panel: Guiding Policy to Advance the Arts and Health

  • Susan Magsamen, (Chair) Executive Director, International Arts + Mind Lab, Johns Hopkins University, Codirector, NeuroArts Blueprint
  • Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO
  • Aduke Gomez, Chair of the Steering Committee of Art4Life, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Lisa Colley, Manager of Cultural Strategy, City of Sydney, Australia
  • Renée Fleming, soprano and arts and health advocate
  • Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the Arts, United States
  • Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Program Lead, WHO

12:15pm Performance: Live and In Color

12:45pm Global Examples of Arts and Health


1:45pm Project Presentation

  • Rashad Salim’s Ark Re-Imagined, Iraq; introduced by Navina Haidar, Chief Curator of Islamic art at The Met

2:00pm Panel: Measuring the Health Benefits of the Arts

  • Nisha Sajnani, (Chair) Founder, Arts & Health @ NYU; Chair, Creative Arts Therapies Consortium; Associate Professor and Director, Program in Drama Therapy, New York University
  • Daisy Fancourt, Institute of Epidemiology and Health, University College London
  • Raquel Chapin Stephenson, Department of Graduate Expressive Therapies, Lesley University
  • Rainbow Ho, Department of Social Work, University of Hong Kong 
  • Joke Bradt, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University 
  • Emmeline Edwards, Director of the Division of Extramural Research of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

2:35pm Project Presentations


3:40pm Performance: Synchrony

  • Mercy Sanni, Eva Rayas-Gribben, Sean McGowan, students
  • Adam Stevens and Idalmis Garcia Rodriguez, drama therapists
  • Jasmine Edwards, music therapist
  • Max Durrant, drama therapy student, NYU Steinhardt

3:50pm Panel: The Art of Care

  • Heidi Holder, (Chair) Director of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Chhaya Chhoum, Director, Mekong NYC
  • Ana Bess Moyer Bell, Artistic Director, 2nd Act
  • Mohamad Hafez, Syrian-American Artist & Architect           
  • Swarupa Anila, Senior VP for Exhibition & Gallery Development,  Royal Ontario Museum

4:25pm Project Presentations

  • Campfire Project: Jessica Hecht, Katie Flahive, Colette Cavenagh, Orlando Pabotoy,
  • Dave Hugo, Nezih Antakli, Mohamad Eldebek
  • Joe Salvatore and Keith Huff, Verbatim Performance Lab
  • Isabel Toledo, Aristeo Mora de Anda, Mariana Gándara, Cartas Sonoras Para Cuerpos Celestes, Catedra Bergman 

4:50pm Looking Ahead

  • Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, WHO
  • Andrew Davis, Founding Dean, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, University of Houston 

4:55pm Closing Remarks

  • Heidi Holder, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chair of Education, The Met
  • Events at The Met are made possible by gifts to the Education Department in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary.



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