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Site Visit Session: Creative Responses to Crisis: A Discussion on the Role of the Arts in Improving Mental Health (Pre-Registration Required)

This session will take place offsite at the Pregones Theatre - transportation will be provided to and from the theater. Transportation is provided through generous support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Registered attendees should meet by the registration desk no later than 2:45 PM. We will leave the hotel to take a bus to the Pregones Theater at this time.

The pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health. These challenges have disproportionately affected historically marginalized and vulnerable populations, including communities of color and people with pre-existing challenges such as unemployment, poverty, domestic violence, homelessness, mental illness, disabilities, refugee history, and immigration status. Arts organizations have seen their communities and constituents struggle. Every arts organization will affirm that the arts are inherently therapeutic. Today, there is an urgency for arts funders to do more. We can be more intentional about using the arts to support mental health issues, particularly trauma, depression, anxiety, and stigma that is a barrier to seeking help.

Funders will discuss the mental health fallout from COVID and engage in discussion with two NYC-based arts organizations that will share insights on programs they have developed to address these issues in their communities.

This session is limited to 40 attendees. Pre-registration is required to attend this session and there is no additional cost to attend. It can be added during the overall registration process. There are only 5 spaces available - please contact to express interest in attending. We will fill the remaining slots in the order they are received.

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 -
2:45pm to 6:30pm EDT
Offsite - Pregones Theatre (transportation provided)