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Innovations in Arts and Health: Collaborating for Medical Humanities, Professional Development and Community Health is a collaboration between the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine and the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston, the World Health Organization, and Culturunners.

Part of the World Health Organization's Solidarity Series of Events, the "The Future is Unwritten: Healing Arts" series is a cultural call-to-action echoing around the world in response to COVID-19 and the mental crisis unfolding in its wake. The initiative was launched in 2020 in partnership with the World Health Organization and the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations. Additional city activations are occurring in London, Venice, Paris, New York, Houston, New Delhi, and Aspen during 2021 and 2022.

Healing Arts Houston showcases Houston's innovative and collaborative work at the intersection of arts and health.

Innovations in Arts and Health will further establish Houston and the University of Houston as global forces in the area of innovative education and practice in the health sciences and arts. The conference will feature Houston-based artists, health care professionals, medical educators, and scholars working at the forefront of arts and health integration. The three-day program includes lectures, demonstrations, performances, workshops, and six feature presentations. More details will be announced on this site.


In a recent report, the Association of American Medical Colleges recognizes the arts and humanities as essential to educating a physician workforce that can effectively contribute to optimal health outcomes for patients and communities. That view is rooted in the belief that the arts and humanities can play a unique and largely unrealized role in equipping physicians for 21st‐century challenges. The AAMC’s recommendations include, among others, enhancing the research and evaluation of courses and programs that integrate the arts and humanities into medical education and continuing professional development; and increasing collaboration among scholars of higher education, medical professionals, arts organizations, creative arts therapists, artists, humanities scholars, learners, and patients.

Registration is now open!

Conference dates: Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2021

Event: $50* (non-students), $25* (students) | Parking (per day): $18 (day of the events), $12 (pre-paid)
*Includes breakfast and lunch - specify preferences in registration.

More details

Innovations in Arts and Health runs from Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 and is open to the public. Practicing artists, health care professionals, scholars, and medical educators from the academic and institutional communities, and members of community-based arts or health organizations are welcome to attend. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for physicians.