Doctors to Start Prescribing Museum Art for Better Health

Medications and therapy aren’t the only treatments available for medical conditions. In the near future, Canadian doctors will be able to recommend a new wellness fix for patients: painting exhibits.According to BBC, a doctor’s organization and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) are collaborating on a new initiative that will allow physicians to prescribe free museum visits. The initiative, which will launch on Nov. 1, aims to provide patients with a therapeutic art viewing experience.Starting Thursday, doctors members of Médecins francophones du Canada can register in the first phase of the initiative and write up to 50 prescriptions for a visit to MMFA collections and exhibitions. These prescriptions will be issued by doctors as alternative treatments for mental and physical conditions.AdChoices广告Nathalie Bondil, MMFA’s general museum director, told BBC that the “neutral, beautiful, and inspiring space” of a museum setting can improve wellbeing for patients who seek relief from health issues.The ‘fine art prescription’ initiative comes on the heels of MMFA’s ongoing art therapy efforts. MMFA recently hired an in-house art therapist and is taking part in clinical studies looking at how museum visits might impact people with mental and physical health ailments.Is it possible for artwork to improve overall health? We don’t have all the answers yet, but MMFA and Médecins francophones du Canada are demonstrating how a daily dose of paintings can be key for healing, peace, and hope.More on Superheroes and Villains Assemble at London Comic Con 2018Versace Designer Teases Apple Computer-Inspired SneakersThis Italian City Gives You Free Beer for Riding Your Bike Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall read more