FPHNYC and NYC Department of Health Awarded Funding to Develop a Guide for the New York City Mural Arts Project

May 24, 2018


The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have received funding from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to support the development of a program facilitation manual for the New York City Mural Arts Project (NYCMAP).

The New York City Mural Arts Project, which began in November 2016, uses a collaborative mural-making process to discuss mental health and foster new social interactions in New York City, where one in five New Yorkers suffer from some kind of mental health disorder and at least eight percent suffer from depression.

The program connects people living with mental health conditions, mental health service providers, artists, peer specialists (people who have experienced mental illness and are trained to support others), City government agencies, and community members, to break down misconceptions and stigma. NYCMAP then translates the discussion themes into murals that incorporate the diversity and strength of everyone involved in the mural-making process.

The one-year award from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is one of the first grants in the Illumination Fund’s new Arts in Health initiative. It will support the creation of a facilitation manual to guide future NYCMAP peer specialists and artists in their activities and interactions with participating communities. Developed by a leading scholar on mental health and stigma practices, the manual will standardize program implementation.

“We are excited about this new phase of the NYC Mural Arts Project,” said Sara Gardner, executive director of the Fund for Public Health in New York City. “This support will enhance a remarkable program that is helping to elevate a broader and more open discussion about mental health and community health.”