ARTS IN WELLNESS
Meeting Schedule: October 26th (2016) and March 29th (2017)
Program Coordinator: Joe Taylor (Franklin's Promise Coalition), 850-323-0176
Collaborators: Weems Memorial Hospital, UF/IFAS. FAMU/IFAS, Florida Department of Health, DISC Village, City of Apalachicola, Franklin County Schools, ABC School, Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, University of Florida, University of Arizona, FarmShare, America's Second Harvest, and supported by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
The Arts in Medicine initiative focuses on strengthening existing and developing new partnerships which strategically utilize arts activities to enhance individual resilience and build stronger communities. The program serves the residents of this low-income rural region by engaging a broad range of participants, particularly under-served populations and providing access to artistic excellence while stimulating creative problem solving. Since 2009, the initiative has served as a rural program model for the State of Florida, supporting other communities to develop successful programs.
Utilizing a trained team of artists and volunteers who work with a broad range of education and social service partners, the initiative provides significant benefits through arts programs to:
1) Bring the arts and creative opportunities to community members in a way that supports individual wellness and strengthens community resilience.