November is Arts + Health Month

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Arts and health is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming health and healing by connecting people with the arts at key moments in their lives. This field integrates literary, performing, and visual arts and design into a variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.

The field of arts and health has five areas of focus:

1. Patient care – the integration of the arts into the patient experience has a positive impact on health outcomes.

2. Healing environments – the arts create safer, supportive, and more functional environments in health facilities and community centers.
3. Caring for caregivers – arts programming for caregivers creates a more normative environment within which care can be provided.
4. Community well-being – arts and health benefit communities by engaging people in programs aimed at prevention and wellness activities and sharing information to improve health literacy.
5. Education – medical and nursing schools in a number of countries see the value of integrating arts courses to help students develop observation, diagnostic, communication, empathetic, and other essential skills.

The following FSU academic departments and resources are directly related to the field of arts and health: 

Check out our list of books, databaes, and articles that are related to Arts and Health Month.


1. Junge, Maxine B. and Harriet Wadeson. Architects of Art Therapy: Memoirs of Life Stories. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 2006. Electronic Resource. (Interlibrary Loan)

2. Blatner, Adam. Acting-In: Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 1973. Print.– (Interlibrary Loan)

3. Bolton, Gillie. The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself. Philadelphia: Jessice Kingsley Publishers, 1999. Electronic Resource. (eBook)

4. Wadeson, Harriet, ed., et al. Advances in Art Therapy. New York: Wiley, 1989. Print. (RC489.A7 A38 1989 – FSU Main Stacks)
5. Rubin, Judith Aron. Child Art Therapy. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. 2005. Print. ( RJ505.A7 R8 2005 – FSU Main Stacks)
6. Malchiodi, Cathy A. The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Arts Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being. Boston: Random House, 2002. Print. (RM931.A77 M35 2002  – FSU Main Stacks)
7. Moon, Catherine Hyland. Materials & Media in Art Therapy. New York: Routledge, 2010. Print. (Interlibrary Loan)
8. Case, Caroline. Imagining Animals: Art, Psychotherapy, and Primitive States of Mind. New York: Routledge, 2005. Print. (Interlibrary Loan)
9. Stige, Brynjulf, et al. Where Music Helps: Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010. Print. (ML3920 .S82 2010 – FSU Main Stacks)
10. Bolton, Gillie. Dying, Bereavement, and the Healing Arts. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008. Electronic Resource. (eBook)
11. Rubin, Judith Aron. The Art of Art Therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1984. Print. (RC489.A7 R83 1984  – FSU Main Stacks)
12. Malchiodi, Cathy A. Handbook of Art Therapy. New York: Guilford Press, 2003. Print. (RC489.A7 H365 2003 – FSU Main Stacks)
13. Gilroy, Andrea and Colin Lee. Art and Music Therapy and Research. New York, Routledge, 1995. Print. (RM931.A77 A76 1995 – FSU Main Stacks)
14. Lerner, Arthur, ed. Poetry in the Therapeutic Experience. New York: Pergamon Press, 1978. Print. (RC489.P6 P63 1978  – FSU Main Stacks)
15. Rubin, Judith Aron. Artful Therapy. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Print. (RC489.A7 R833 2005   – FSU Main Stacks)
16. Alvin, Juliette. Music Therapy for the Autistic Child. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Print. (MT17 .A48 1992   – FSU Main Stacks)
17. Campbell, Don G. The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit. New York: Quill, 2001. Print. (ML3920 .C17 2001 – FSU Main Stacks)
18. Goodill, Sherry. An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: Health Care in Motion. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005. Electronic Resource. (eBook)
19. Aldridge, David, ed. Music Therapy in Palliative Care: New Voices. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1995. Electronic Resource. (eBook)
20. Killick, Katherine and Joy Schaverien, eds. Art, Pyschotherapy, and Psychosis. New York: Routledge, 1997. Print. (C512 .A75 1997  – FSU Main Stacks)
21. Chodorow, Joan. Dance Therapy & Depth Psychology. New York: Routledge, 1991. Print. (Interlibrary Loan)
22. Jones, Phil. Drama as Therapy: Theatre as Living. New York: Routledge, 1995. Print. (Interlibrary Loan)
23. Chaiklin, Sharon and Hilda Wengrower. The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance. New York: Routledge, 2009. Print. (RC489.D3 V5313 2009 – FSU Main Stacks)


Society for Arts in Healthcare
Arts and Health Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts – Arts in Healthcare


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