Support your health and well-being with regular engagement in the arts.
The Stanford Arts Prescribing Program connects members of the University community with arts & culture activities that support your individual health and well-being goals.
Participants receive an arts prescription which contains 9 “doses” of arts and culture. Each dose is a single engagement for an on campus activity or event (such as attending a concert, participating in a workshop, visiting a museum, etc.). Participants are connected with a Care Navigator who will be there to support you for the duration of your prescription.
We are partnering with Art Pharmacy to offer arts prescriptions to the University community.
Benefits of an arts prescription
- Increase sense of belonging and social connection
- Decrease anxiety, depression and social isolation
- Lower cortisol levels and increase serotonin & dopamine
- Participate in culturally-relevant, participant centered activities
- Boost self-esteem and confidence
- Improve emotional well-being
Learn more about the mounting evidence regarding the positive health impacts of arts and culture exposure and engagement:
- Free: All participation costs are covered by Stanford.
- Community: You can bring a friend/care partner to your arts activity. Group prescriptions are also available for campus cohorts.
- Variety: We're continually adding a variety of arts & cultural engagement options to our roster that reflect a wide range of creative practices.
- Investing in You: An arts prescription is an investment in your mental and physical well-being.
All matriculated Stanford undergraduate, co-term, and graduate students.
We plan on opening up participation to current Stanford faculty and staff in the near future. To receive updates and program announcements, sign up for our newsletter.
Arts prescriptions are for everybody! Everyone deserves well-being and access to arts and cultural experiences.
Once your referral is submitted, you’ll be contacted by the Art Pharmacy Care Navigator. You will complete a short intake form that will help them to better know your wellness goals and your arts interests. Based on this information, your Care Navigator will match you with arts and culture experiences on campus, referred to as doses. Each participant will receive up to nine doses in their prescription.
Attend arts & culture activities that address your health and well-being goals. Choose from a range of on campus activities and events that have been pre-screened by Art Pharmacy to ensure your needs are being met. See our FAQs for additional guidance.
Your Care Navigator will remind you about your upcoming arts engagement. They will also check in with you afterwards to find out how it went and have you complete a short questionnaire that helps your Care Navigator match you with arts and culture experiences in a way that is responsive to your needs as they change over time. You can continue to work with the Care Navigator to identify arts engagement activities until your prescription runs out.
If you need a new prescription, you’ll need to meet again with a campus prescribing partner for a renewal.
Get a Prescription
All arts prescriptions require a referral from a campus prescribing partner. We have a wide range of campus prescribing partners who can help you get started with your arts prescription.
Eligibility & Participation
Q: Does it cost anything to participate?
A: No–all participation costs are covered by Stanford. This includes not just the arts & culture engagement, but also any necessary transportation to/from the activity as well as other accommodations.
Q: Can I bring a care partner/spouse/friend?
A: Yes! The Care Navigator will coordinate the logistics for you and your care partner to participate.
Q: Can groups participate in the program?
A: Yes. Small groups (such as a club, FSL, academic cohort, etc.) are eligible for a referral. Contact us to get started.
Q: Can students on a leave of absence participate in the program?
A: Unfortunately, no, not at this time. Participants must be currently enrolled students in order to access an arts prescription and use their doses. If you go on leave after receiving a prescription, your prescription will be paused until you return.
Q: Do I need any documentation from a doctor or OAE in order to participate?
A: No. The only eligibility requirement is to be a current Stanford student. We welcome all eligible participants to explore the benefits of an arts prescription.
Q: What kind of arts & culture options are available to participants?
A: We offer receptive and active arts engagements from ‘traditional’ arts disciplines as well as cultural events that encompass a wide range of creative practices. We offer in-person, on-campus and virtual arts engagement options.
Q: What are Art Pharmacy hours and can the Care Navigator be reached outside of those hours?
A: Art Pharmacy’s operating hours are 10am-6pm M-F. You may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call or text 833-ArtsRx-1 (833-278-7791) at anytime (if it is outside of business hours, a Care Navigator will return your call during normal business hours).
Q: What if I can’t attend an event or need to cancel?
A: You can text “Cancel” to 833-278-7791 or call that same number to cancel. If you know ahead of time that you cannot attend, please give at least 48 hours advance notice.
Q: What happens if I miss a scheduled arts engagement?
A: See Art Pharmacy’s Absentee Policy here.
Q: What if I can no longer participate in the program?
A: Inform your Care Navigator so that they can remove you from monthly offerings and connect you to other support for you if needed.
Q: I’m not receiving Art Pharmacy emails or texts, What should I do?
A: Inform your Care Navigator so that they can verify that the information they have on file for you is correct.
We're always looking for more people to become involved with the program. Here are a few ways to get involved.
Become a Prescribing Partner
As a prescribing partner, you're able to initiate referrals to the Care Navigator. We are eager to have a wide range of prescribing partners across campus. Please complete the following form to express interest. We hold trainings throughout the year for new partners.
Campus Arts & Culture Events
If you offer arts & culture events on campus, we'd love to have you as part of our database so participants can be matched with your activities.
Faculty & Staff: Complete this registration form to register your department/program with Art Pharmacy.
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