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A unique partnership between public health sciences and the arts that provides a space for youth to become engaged and empowered in health issues that affect them through artistic expression.
We know that engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can also serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease in both youth and adults. Furthermore, the arts are a valuable tool for education, bringing people together, and healing. The arts can also play a valuable role in preventative care and wellness through public health campaigns carried out by organizations at the county and neighborhood levels. Clearly, there is a natural and symbiotic, albeit unique, relationship between the arts and wellness. The youth and adult partners, from both the arts and the health sciences arenas, leading this initiative seek to impact the health of youth and ultimately the entire community of Mecklenburg County.
Our primary goals are to:
Public Health Issues Addressed in this Initiative:
Behailu Academy student -artists posing in front of the Skyline Superette Mural
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