Today’s blog post is written by Jordan Simmons, Senior Account Executive, PatronManager.
No less a medical luminary than Florence Nightingale once said, “Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by color, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.” A new pilot program being run by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts aims to test that position; the museum will now allow doctors to “prescribe” museum visits for patients under their care!
Doctors that are members of the Médecins francophones du Canada, a professional organization of French-Canadian physicians, are now able to send up to 50 patients, along with their caregivers, to experience the museum free of charge. As quoted in the Museum’s press release, Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, says, “I am convinced that in the 21st century, culture will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century. Cultural experiences will benefit health and wellness, just as engaging in sports contributes to fitness.”
The MMFA is at the forefront of research into wellbeing and the arts, with 10 clinical studies currently underway on how art can impact outcomes in the areas of eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual challenges, cancer survivors, as well as those living with heart conditions, epilepsy, language or sensory disorders, and mental health issues. They are also currently studying how exposure to art affects seniors and people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
I’m sure anyone reading this blog post can probably recount dozens of artistic encounters that have made their heart race, calmed them down, made them cry, focused their mind, or provoked other emotions — the fact that art affects us seems obvious on the face of it.Read the Article