Demonstrating how art and design can contribute to health care and wellness

Under this project, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will hold a one-and-a-half-day symposium to explore the nexus of health with art and design. The symposium will bring in experts from the health and health care fields to meet with RISD faculty, students and other design professionals. The goals are to: (1) bring an expert external perspective to RISD to deepen understanding of the most pressing issues in health and health care that need new approaches; (2) introduce the full portfolio of art and design disciplines to leaders in the health and health care fields; (3) increase public knowledge and advance the public discussion of the legacy and the potential of art and design to improve health and health care; and (4) generate creative ideas and collaborations to integrate art and design into solving health problems. Topics could include designing better homes for people with physical and cognitive impairments, using creative design techniques to promote health messages; and designing environments that naturally attract people to physical activity and healthy living. Following the symposium, RISD will prepare a white paper on the intersection of art with design and health and a summary for the Web of symposium highlights.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $81,110.00

Awarded on: 6/18/2010

Time frame: 8/1/2010 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67775


Rhode Island School of Design

2 College Street
Providence, 02903-2717


Deborah Bright
Project Director


John Maeda
Project Director