The following links offer support for
​this expanding field of awareness:
The use of Art to Accelerate Healing.

Global Alliance for Arts & Health:

The Center for Health Design:

Center for Arts in Medicine:

Art & Healing Network:

Art as a Healing Force:

Shands Hospital – Arts in Medicinee:

WaterLight Healing is a sponsored project of Artspire, a Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Artspire is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded in 1971 to work with the Arts community throughout the United States, to develop and facilitate programs in all disciplines.
WaterLight Healing is a member of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health; a non-profit organization founded in 1991, dedicated to advancing Arts as integral to healthcare, and the healing process.
Visual Art & Healing

The field of Visual Art and Healing is a rapidly growing area of interest. A continuing body of research and study are proving that Art, especially nature-based Art, has significant healing effects on patients. The topic of Visual Art and Healing is now part of medical curricula, and a growing number of hospitals are using ‘Arts in Medicine’ programs.
“In a review of clinical research completed in 2009 by the
Society for the Arts in Healthcare, a variety of studies showed
that experiencing the visual arts alone can reduce stress,
reduce the need for pain medication and generally improve
~ Global Alliance for Arts & Health

“In a 2007 study carried out by researchers in East Tennessee
State University, it was found that the use of positive distraction
in the built healthcare environment assists in alleviating stress
in a patient. In particular, patients in rooms containing nature
art tended to exhibit less anxiety.”
~ East Tennessee State University

“There is a growing body of evidence in place today that
argues for the role of nature images in visual art to improve the
patient experience of healthcare through reduced stress,
anxiety, pain perception, and improved perception of quality of
~ The Center for Health Design

“A study of patients on gurneys viewing ceiling-mounted
scenes of nature and/or water had systolic blood pressure
levels 10 to 15 points lower than patients exposed to either
aesthetically pleasing “arousing” pictures or a control condition
of no picture (Coss, 1990).”
~ The Center for Health Design

“What began in 1990, as an investigation of how art might help
reduce the stress of hospitalization has grown into a
philosophy of care for an entire institution – a philosophy that
centers on the belief that art is an integral component in
healing. One component of our “Arts in Medicine” program is
the use of visual art to transform the physical hospital
environment through rotating exhibitions, permanent art
installations, and interior design.”
~ Shands Hospital, Florida

“We were intrigued by the idea that the arts "comfort, console
and sustain" patients -- a finding in a survey of the country's
hospitals done by Americans for the Arts, the Society for Arts
in Healthcare and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations… We’re venturing into new territory
with an ambitious new undergraduate class called Visual Arts
and Healing. The class is intended to serve as a model for
other universities and medical schools.”
~ Baylor University