Museums and Well-Being
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
263 America's Center
Psychologist Carol Ryff will provide a social scientist's perspective on what we know and what we need to know about relationships among the arts, cultural participation, and lifelong health and well-being. Three museum professionals will share ideas for developing practices that more deeply explore the potential relevance of well-being. The panel will also address ways that museums and scientific researchers might push together into new realms of practice and research to demonstrate museums' power to positively impact well-being.
- Develop an understanding of the latest social science research on health and well-being as it relates to museums.
- Expand ideas for innovative museum projects that address health and well-being.
- Learn to set the bar higher in terms of the potential for museums to increase lifelong well-being.
Carol Ryff is Hilldale Professor in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin. Her measures of Psychological Well Being have been translated to 30 languages, resulting in 500+ publications. As Director of the Institute of Aging at UW, she leads MIDUS, a major national longitudinal study of health and well-being from early adulthood through old age. The role of arts & culture in improving well-being is a new priority in her research.
Karen Gron is Director of the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design in Kolding, Denmark. Under her leadership, the Trapholt has been developing multiple initiatives to explore health & well-being, including adapting Ryff's measures of Psychological Well Being for use in museum evaluation and a "cultural prescription" program where doctors prescribe visits to the museum to improve their patients' health.
Art educator/ project manager
Rainey Tisdale is an independent curator who specializes in creativity & whole-self experiences. Her work on #BostonBetter, a partnership by 25 cultural institutions in response to the Boston Marathon bombing, has led her to further exploration of the role of museums in well-being & resilience. She is now working with Boston colleagues-both museum educators and social scientists-to develop a local community of practice around these issues.