In recent years our understanding of the importance of the relationship between Culture and Health has steadily grown, thanks in particular to the converging evidence of new frontiers of scientific research and the results of the many ongoing experiences. The WHO – World Health Organization – dedicated its 2019 report Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report 67 to evidence the role of the arts in improving physical and mental wellbeing, the promotion of health, and the prevention and treatment of various illnesses.

On March 10, the IBSA Foundation, in partnership with the Culture Division of the City of Lugano, presented its three-year strategic project Cultura e Salute. Alliance for a sustainable future with the aim of encouraging and promoting knowledge, supporting new processes and projects in the field of this alliance in places of culture, in healthcare facilities and in the urban fabric.

This project forms part of the Foundation’s strategic plan, “Art and Science”, aimed at overcoming Cartesian dualism to encourage dialogue between disciplines, between science and the humanities, telling the story and inhabiting the complexity of the visible and invisible world. This pathway has led the Foundation to enter into major partnerships with MASI-Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana di Lugano and the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milani, and to its collaboration with MUSE – Science Museum in Trento – in 2018.

The current pandemic has rekindled the virtuous relationship between Culture and Health. During these times of turbulence and uncertainty, cultural activities have made our lives complete, shortening the distance between us and the world, between the present and the future.

The Cultura e Salute project, launched during this complex time for humanity, is a firm and practical response to key issues concerning the quality of life of People and Communities. The project addresses these issues through the collaboration of the public and private sectors. It calls on other stakeholders to mobilize interdisciplinary groups and proposes several lines of action:

  • The online platform culturaesalute.ch, which will be operational from autumn, will be the center for information on the development of the project, on research and on international practices in this field. With the physical distance generated by the Covid-19 emergency, the Arts entered our homes and our everyday lives also through an acceleration of cultural activities offered online, a true resource of wellbeing that has given a sense of worth to this time as we wait for a return to a rich sociality rich in public spaces.
  • For this reason IBSA Foundation and the City of Lugano have decided to bring the launch of the website forward, with the page Connessi per accorciare le distanze, meaning “connected to shorten distances”. The page provides a selection of events from the extraordinary wealth of digital content produced by the cultural, local and international ecosystem as a reaction to the closures caused by the pandemic. It is a resource to help “browsers”, offering news at the click of a button. These experiences do not replace the pleasure of a group event – we still have to wait for that – but they enable us to shorten the distance between us and places of culture and artists’ thinking.
  • Parole che curano, in English “Words that heal“, a special open-air exhibition to renew our energy and social imagination through the city streets. This initiative forms part of la città si veste di poesia e di letteratura project (the city is decorated with poetry and literature), created by the Culture Division of the City of Lugano. The literary creations of forty-five authors – poets and storytellers that play an active role in Swiss theater in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland – welcome city-dwellers, accompanying them as they take their first steps in the city after lockdown, as they patiently wait to be able to read the verses together, soon. Messages of confidence, to take the future back into our own hands, leaving the lockdown behind us.

In order to participate in these two projects, please send information on your digital cultural initiatives and experiences developed during and in response to this difficult time to info@culturaesalute.ch and submit your poems and literary texts with the following hashtags #laculturacura #distantimavicini #culturaesalute.

In recent years our understanding of the importance of the relationship between Culture and Health has steadily grown, thanks in particular to the converging evidence of new frontiers of scientific research and the results of the many ongoing experiences. The WHO – World Health Organization – dedicated its 2019 report Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report 67 to evidence the role of the arts in improving physical and mental wellbeing, the promotion of health, and the prevention and treatment of various illnesses.

On March 10, the IBSA Foundation, in partnership with the Culture Division of the City of Lugano, presented its three-year strategic project Cultura e Salute. Alliance for a sustainable future with the aim of encouraging and promoting knowledge, supporting new processes and projects in the field of this alliance in places of culture, in healthcare facilities and in the urban fabric.

This project forms part of the Foundation’s strategic plan, “Art and Science”, aimed at overcoming Cartesian dualism to encourage dialogue between disciplines, between science and the humanities, telling the story and inhabiting the complexity of the visible and invisible world. This pathway has led the Foundation to enter into major partnerships with MASI-Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana di Lugano and the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milani, and to its collaboration with MUSE – Science Museum in Trento – in 2018.

The current pandemic has rekindled the virtuous relationship between Culture and Health. During these times of turbulence and uncertainty, cultural activities have made our lives complete, shortening the distance between us and the world, between the present and the future.

The Cultura e Salute project, launched during this complex time for humanity, is a firm and practical response to key issues concerning the quality of life of People and Communities. The project addresses these issues through the collaboration of the public and private sectors. It calls on other stakeholders to mobilize interdisciplinary groups and proposes several lines of action:

  • The online platform culturaesalute.ch, which will be operational from autumn, will be the center for information on the development of the project, on research and on international practices in this field. With the physical distance generated by the Covid-19 emergency, the Arts entered our homes and our everyday lives also through an acceleration of cultural activities offered online, a true resource of wellbeing that has given a sense of worth to this time as we wait for a return to a rich sociality rich in public spaces.
  • For this reason IBSA Foundation and the City of Lugano have decided to bring the launch of the website forward, with the page Connessi per accorciare le distanze, meaning “connected to shorten distances”. The page provides a selection of events from the extraordinary wealth of digital content produced by the cultural, local and international ecosystem as a reaction to the closures caused by the pandemic. It is a resource to help “browsers”, offering news at the click of a button. These experiences do not replace the pleasure of a group event – we still have to wait for that – but they enable us to shorten the distance between us and places of culture and artists’ thinking.
  • Parole che curano, in English “Words that heal“, a special open-air exhibition to renew our energy and social imagination through the city streets. This initiative forms part of la città si veste di poesia e di letteratura project (the city is decorated with poetry and literature), created by the Culture Division of the City of Lugano. The literary creations of forty-five authors – poets and storytellers that play an active role in Swiss theater in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland – welcome city-dwellers, accompanying them as they take their first steps in the city after lockdown, as they patiently wait to be able to read the verses together, soon. Messages of confidence, to take the future back into our own hands, leaving the lockdown behind us.

In order to participate in these two projects, please send information on your digital cultural initiatives and experiences developed during and in response to this difficult time to info@culturaesalute.ch and submit your poems and literary texts with the following hashtags #laculturacura #distantimavicini #culturaesalute.

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