First MSU Arts And Health Symposium, 2/17

“……health is functioning at your best, whatever it is that you do.”

The Arts: A New Prescription for Health and Wellness Symposium will be held on the campus of Montclair State University on February 17, 2005 as part of the New Jersey Arts in Health Initiative (NJAHI).

The NJAHI is a collaborative project to facilitate, document and demonstrate the relationship between the arts and health in the State of New Jersey. One of its goals is to serve as a resource by documenting NJ programs, disseminating research and model program information, providing technical assistance on program planning, development, implementation and evaluation, and developing an artist directory.

The all-day symposium (8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.), open to health and health care professionals, teaching artists, clinicians, teachers, students or any individual interested in the arts or health, will examine the interrelationships between the arts and health through partners such as universities, hospitals, social-service agencies, community organizations, arts professionals and individuals.

The day will consist of a morning session that will include a panel presentation followed by Q&A. Presenters will include arts and health professionals from Pennsylvania State University, Kent State University, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Seton Hall University and Montclair State University.

The afternoon session will consist of hands-on arts related workshops in dance, music, theatre and visual arts including dance for special populations and drumming circles.

This event is free and will take place at the MSU Student Center Ballrooms. Although same day registration will be available, advanced registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. For more information or to register please contact Marie Sparks, Program Director at 973.655.7070, or visit

This program is a collaborative project of Montclair State University School of the Arts Education and Community Outreach; Rutgers University School of Social Work Continuing Education and Professional Development Program; and Center for the Arts.