Arts and Health Initiatives

Office of Education and Community Outreach

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Montclair State University is committed to fostering programs that unite arts and health in an effort to promote wellness, healing, and a better quality of life for communities throughout the state of New Jersey. The pairing of arts and health allows for innovative advancements in physical and mental health by utilizing the latest developments in research and technology in each field.


  • Beginning in Fall 2015, College of the Arts is pleased to introduce the Arts and Health Graduate Certificate Program in partnership with the Atlantic Health System, providing arts professionals, health care workers, and administrators from related fields with the educational background and tools needed to integrate the arts in support of health and wellness among diverse individuals and communities.
  • The Body Talks, is an arts-based initiative of the Office of Education and Community Outreach in collaboration with the Dance Division at Montclair State University. The program allows participants to explore various perceptions of body image and they impact the individual, contemporary culture, and society in general.
  • In September 2013, Atlantic Health System and Montclair State University officially launched a new Arts and Health Partnership. The goals of this new joint venture include research and publication, performance and exhibitions, and training and education in the areas of arts and healthcare, and the medical humanities. For more information on the partnership please click here

According to the World Health Organization, good health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being; as defined by Dr. Kenneth Pelliter –

Health is functioning at your best,
whatever it is you do.

Research specific to the arts emerging from the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia indicates that participation and involvement in creative activity can contribute to better health and stronger communities and that there is a strong correlation between the health of individuals and that of their community.

For more information about MSU’s Arts and Health programming please contact: Marie Sparks, Montclair State University, 973.655.7070.