A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) establishes strong connections between arts and health: WHO Report, Art and Health. The scoping review examines the evidence supporting the relationship between arts and well-being. The authors of the report examined over 3,000 articles as part of the review. The report cites over 900 studies that provide solid evidence to support new policies to promote arts-based initiatives in order to improve or maintain health and well-being.

Two of our teams’ publications are featured in this report. One of our articles outlines our work with breast cancer survivors living with lymphedema who participated in live performances and a film about their experiences. The other article is our own scoping review that addresses gender, cancer experiences, and the arts. The lead authors on this article, Stephanie Saunders and Chad Hammond worked in our lab, the Creative Practices Centre while a student and a postdoctoral fellow. This is quite an accomplishment!

Please email if you would like a copy of the articles feature in the WHO report.

Quinlan E, Thomas R, Ahmed S, Fichtner P, McMullen L, Block J. The aesthetic rationality of the popular expressive arts: lifeworld communication among breast cancer survivors living with lymphedema. Soc Theory Health. 2014;12(3):291–312. doi: 10.1057/sth.2014.9.

Saunders S, Hammond C, Thomas R. Exploring gender-related experiences of cancer survivors through creative arts: a scoping review. Qual Health Res. 2019;29(1):135–48. doi: 10.1177/1049732318771870.