An article today on Cleveland.com notes that, at least in Northeast Ohio, collaboration between medicine and the arts benefits both camps as well as the region's economic health. A preliminary report from the non-profit Community Partnership for Arts and Culture looks at ways art and medicine enrich one another in Cleveland and provides recommendations for enhancing those partnerships. From the news piece:
The report identifies four principal ways in which the art and medicine intersect productively:
• The use of arts and culture in medical settings;
• Participatory programs that involve patients and communities in activities and therapies that promote positive medical outcomes and general wellness;
• The potential shown by arts and culture to serve as a rallying point from which public health and social equity can be addressed; and
• The enrichment of medical training.