If we think of health in terms of well-being and quality of life, we need to consider culture as a key element in achieving it.

Publication date: 29 June 2020

The topic of health is one of the most important of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and is represented by Sustainable Development Goal number 3: “Ensuring health and well-being for everyone and for all ages”.

An important and therefore crossover topic also for our Foundation’s activities: all three Goals – Culture, People and Planet – are committed to achieving SDG 3, with different approaches and tools. In fact, within the People Goal, health is a fundamental premise for the well-being of individuals and communities, while the Planet Goal dedicates the Promoting Well-Being Mission to the subject of health in a particularly broad sense.

The relationship between culture and health is less obvious but equally important, which is why the Culture Goal also chooses to deal with it. 

Although more than 70 years have passed since the WHO defined health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not simply the absence of disease”, international research has only recently focused on the relationship between cultural participation, psychological well-being and health. 

We have therefore decided to contribute to this reflection by setting up a multidisciplinary scientific committee and promoting a laboratory for experimentation, research and training that gives impetus to the creation of a new model of cultural welfare.

The project will work on different themes to achieve 10 pillars:

  1. Starting a real dialogue with research and social care and health professionals
  2. Training operators
  3. Establishing new protocols
  4. Building a toolbox
  5. Setting up experimentation poles
  6. Systematising local good practices
  7. Designing scalable trials
  8. Creating and consolidating local thematic networks
  9. Integrating interventions in public health policies
  10. Raising awareness among local administrators

We will be following the stages of this project, its developments and the results it can achieve both on the website and our social media channels.

This initiative contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 3 Good health and well-being
Culture and Health: towards a new cultural welfare
SDG 3 Good health and well-being