The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has announced an expansion of its 2020 Arts in Health Initiative.
Launched in 2018, the initiative supports the use of multiple artistic disciplines, including dance, the visual arts, theater, and film, to address mental health stigma, trauma, and challenges related to aging-related diseases.
Under the expansion, grants were awarded to seven previously funded organizations as well as three organizations receiving their first awards from the foundation. New recipients include Mekong NYC, which uses traditional visual and performing arts to strengthen intergenerational connections and foster healing from trauma in the city's Southeast Asian communities; CaringKind, whose Connect2Culture program partners with cultural venues in the city to train staff and provide meaningful access to participatory programming for people with dementia; and the Queens Museum in support of its ArtAccess program, which provides programs, led by licensed art therapists and educators, for children and adults of different physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive abilities.
In addition, follow-on grants were awarded to Community Access: Changing Minds, a competition for young artists using film to combat mental health stigma among city youth; the Fountain House Gallery, which provides an environment for artists living and working with serious mental illness to pursue their creative visions and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness; the Art Therapy Project, which provides free, guided art therapy to adults and youth affected by trauma; the Gibney, which uses dance and movement workshops as a vehicle to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; the Creative Center at University Settlement, which promotes creative aging and encourages patients and survivors of cancer and other serious diseases to participate in the arts; Dance for PD, a program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that provides dance and movement workshops for people with Parkinson's Disease; and Arts & Minds, which provides museum-based workshops for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and their caregivers.
"In 2018, a national Harris Poll found that more than eight in ten Americans believe the arts can help address key health challenges in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones," said Tisch Illumination Fund executive director Rick Luftglass. "The public sees the power of the arts in challenging mental health stigma, overcoming traumatic events, and providing therapeutic benefits and quality of life for people with aging-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, other dementias, and Parkinson's. Our Arts in Health initiative helps strengthen and advance these innovative programs."
(Photo credit: CaringKind)