When talking about improved health, we are looking to improve the following health indicators from the 2018-2022 Greater Pasadena Community Health Improvement Plan. The 3 prioritized health goals that our organization focuses on are:
- Measure 1.1.1: Decrease the percent of seniors who screen positive for social isolation.
- Measure 2.1.1: Decrease percent of teen adults who likely has had serious psychological distress during the past month.
- Measure: 3.2.2: Increase the percent of children and adults who eat five or more servings of fruits or vegetables daily.
Research shows that art in your life and your community is good for your health. Below are a few statistics related to engaging with art.
- A 14% decrease in cases of child abuse and neglect
- A 5% decrease in obesity
- An 18% increase in kids scoring in the top stratum on English and math exams
- Source: https://www.sp2.upenn.edu/new-research-shows-arts-culture-improve-health-safety-well/
- Social skills and the arts – several studies revealed positive associations between arts activities and developing social skills, such as helping, sharing, caring, and empathizing with others.
- Emotional regulation and the arts – studies showed that the arts help children regulate their emotions, a critical skill for well-adjusted children and adults.
- Source: https://www.arts.gov/news/2015/arts-and-early-childhood-development-focus-new-nea-research
Below are some prior outcomes to our workshops:
- Participants surveyed during workshops report a 25% increase in a positive mood after the drawing exercises.
- 75% of participants plan to increase their art making after the workshop
- “Art is important for me to make in order to keep a positive attitude, and it drastically decreases my mental anxiety.”