Arts in Health in the Netherlands: A national agenda


Ferdinand Lewis
Arts in Health Netherlands
Kirsten Krans
Arts in Health Netherlands


Arts in health is the field that advances the use of artistic practices for health and well-being, to stimulate a positive approach to health. While arts in health fields have been successfully established in other countries, the Dutch field is still fragmented, and its potential has not been fully developed.

This white paper is an intersectoral effort exploring the current state of arts in health in the Netherlands. The authors strongly believe that arts in health can help navigate challenges faced by our healthcare system in the coming decades, and we have formulated an agenda to establish a sustainable Dutch arts in health field.

Steergroup authors:

Tineke Abma, Leyden Academy, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
Barbara Groot, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Johan Kolsteeg, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Kirsten Krans, Arts in Health Netherlands; Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health
Ferdinand Lewis, Arts in Health Netherlands; Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health
Marlies Tal, Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst
Hanneke van der Wal-Huisman, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen
Barbara van Leeuwen, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen


Jet Bussemaker, De Raad voor Volksgezondheid en Samenleving; Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum; Universiteit Leiden
Evelyn Finnema, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen; Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport;
NHL Stenden Stenden Hogeschool; Hanzehogeschool
Kornelia Kiss, Culture Action Europe
Josefiene Poll, Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst
Désirée te Marvelde, ZonMw
Crétien van Campen, Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau
Nina van den Berg, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen
Astrid Weij, Kunsten '92

Please visit the Arts in Health  website for more information.

Publisher: University of Groningen Press
Broerstraat 4 9712 CP Groningen

Graphic design: JUST —
Production support: LINE UP boek en media bv

This book has been published open access thanks to the financial support of the Open Access Book Fund of the University of Groningen.



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