Arts as Medicine: Where Do We Go From Here?

How can arts and culture help prevent and treat disease? Join Swissnex for a dialogue exploring the scientific evidence and policy around the use of arts in medicine.

According to the Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report of the World Health Organization, scientific evidence shows that arts can be used as a way to promote good health and prevent diseases, but also as effective treatments and ways of managing certain health conditions. In light of this, an increasing number of European governments are introducing policies to support and encourage the use of culture as medicine.

Join Swiss and US specialists as they discuss the use of arts and culture as medicine and the state of policy and research in the field. How can we foster the arts as a means of treatment? What measures are already in place in Switzerland and in the US to facilitate it? What hurdles do such policies face? And how can we enhance international collaboration on these topics? Join the discussion to learn more about these questions.

A networking reception will follow the discussion.


  • 5:15pm – Doors open
  • 5:30pm – Opening remarks and introduction of panel
  • 5:40pm – Moderator led panel discussion
  • 6:30pm – Q&A session
  • 6:45pm – Networking
  • 8:00pm – End of event, doors close

Event start time

Opening Remarks





Arts as Medicine: Where Do We Go From Here? is a collaboration between Swissnex in Boston and the Swiss-based IBSA Foundation, which follows a vision of “going beyond treatment” and whose mission is to promote a scientific culture which is both authoritative and accessible. We thank the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the East Boston Social Centers for their contribution to this event.