Arts and Health


Creative Aging

Participant enjoying hands-on art activities at Atrium Health & Senior Living

Creative Aging participant enjoying hands-on art activities at Atrium Health & Senior Living

The Arts Council of Princeton works on-site and at residences and facilities in the Princeton area to bring professional and specially-tailored arts programming to members of the community with a range of abilities, from those living independently in low-income senior housing to those living in adult day care centers (see article) and those at the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at the University Medical Center (see article) who are coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The ACP has become a leader in the field of creative aging and is now one of three professional training sites for the National Center for Creative Aging, funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Art for Caregivers

Art for CaregiversThrough another Arts in Healthcare program, Art for Caregivers, ACP works with caregivers, both professional and family, to teach them art techniques to enrich the communication skills and health of those for whom they are caring. We have found that the caregivers also find the art to be extremely nurturing for their own, often forgotten, sense of personal well-being.

Windows of the Future Project

Photo by Patrick Shannon

Photo by Patrick Shannon

In September of 2015, The Arts Council participated in Carrier Clinic’s Healing Science of Art Conference in Belle Mead, NJ. This conference brought communities together to provide an understanding of art therapy, in its many forms, how it is used in a variety of clinical settings, and ways that it can positively affect health and well-being. The Arts Council of Princeton, led by Eva Mantell, presented the Windows of the Future Project, where local artists painted 100-year-old windows. “These elements of historic architecture embody a link to the past, while the art of transforming them represents a vision of the future”, said Mantell. Read more about the Windows of the Future Project here.

Arts in Health Month

ArtsinHealthIn November of 2015, in celebration of Arts in Health Month, the Alliance for Arts & Health NJ hosted a series of open house tours at hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey. On Friday, November 20, those committed to Arts in Healthcare initiatives came together at the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro. More info here!


Current Bends to the Right, Melissa Marks

“Current Bends to the Right”, Melissa Marks

August-November, 2015: The work of participants in both Creative Aging and Art for Caregivers programs, instructed by Eva Mantell & Susan Hoenig, were displayed in the exhibition Out of the Ordinary in the Solley Theater Lobby Gallery.

May-June, 2016: Start Fresh brought together artists and participants in our Arts and Health programs in an exhibition about clarity, finesse, energy, surprise, nature, healing and defying expectations in art. The exhibit brings together startling and fresh works of art by professional artists, alongside that of participants from seven arts and health programs that engage the community in creative dialogue.
We thank the following funders for their support of Arts in Healthcare/Creative Aging in 2015/16: ACP Fundraising Galas • Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly • Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund • Community Connection of Princeton Healthcare • Janssen Pharmaceuticals • Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies Contributions Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey • New Jersey State Council on the Arts