Arts and Health Initiatives

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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.


  • 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.
  • The university maintains a partnership with the Alliance for Arts and Health NJ, whose mission is to connect artists and arts professionals, and those who provide health and wellness services. This is accomplished by creating, maintaining, and making available a comprehensive network of all relevant providers, and by dedicating its work to education, advocacy, research, professional development, and best practices in the arenas of both health and wellness, and the arts. This partnership grew out of MSU’s NJ Arts in Health Initiative, which was a collaborative project to facilitate, document and demonstrate the interrelationships between the arts and health in the State of New Jersey through partners such as universities, hospitals, community organizations and state agencies.

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.