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Is Art Good for Your Mental Heath?

MatchArt participated to the workshop on the "Museum, Health, Wellbeing Summit".

The 2024 MuseumNext© workshop on the "Museum, Health, Wellbeing Summit" (29-30 January 2024) was an amazing opportunity for MatchArt to engage with experts and thought leaders in the field, exploring innovative ways in which art and cultural institutions contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Increasingly, communities and nations are turning to art museums and cultural places to address well-being needs. In 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and ICOM argued that promoting health and well-being among visitors should be a central goal of art museums.

A wide range of research has shown that when people reflect on their museum experiences—days, weeks, and even years later—the benefits they describe fall into four distinct areas of enhanced well-being: personal, intellectual, social and physical well-being. When people consistently feel like they have achieved these kinds of well-being-related outcomes, they are significantly more likely to believe they have lived a satisfying and successful life.
This international overview and reserches confirm the transformation underway in the arts world, the desire to play a central role in promoting the health and well-being of citizens and society as a whole -a prerequisite for sustainable development.

The crucial role of museums in thedevelopment of well-being will be thoroughly examined at the 2024 annual meeting "Thriving museums, healthy communities" hosted by the American Alliance of Museums from 16 to 19 May 2024.

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Some tips on this topic:
Falk, J.H. (2021). The Value of Museums: Enhancing Societal Well-Being. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
The key insight this book, written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the public use of museums, advances is that museum experiences successfully support a major driver of human behavior.

ICOM episode of Museums and Chill, no. 9, How are museums and culture related to health and wellbeing? by Professor Helene Chatterjee. Listen here.
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