WHO project on arts and health wins global award

The 2019 Global Aesthetic Achievement of the Year has been awarded to WHO Regional Office for Europe’s project on Cultural Contexts of Health and Well-being. The award recognised WHO’s work on arts and health, notably the publication of the Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review (2019), authored by Dr Daisy Fancourt and Ms Saoirse Finn. 
 
Awarded by the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, the prize celebrates important contributions in the spheres of art, city and environmental planning, architecture, media and other fields with aesthetic values.
 
Noora-Helena Korpelainen, a representative of the award committee of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, said: “The scope of the report is arguably remarkable, which is the most important reason for naming it the Global Aesthetic Achievement of 2019. The report’s synthesis of the current evidence on the topic is seminal for both research and practices relating to the connection between the arts and well-being on a global scale.”