New Art Horizons provides expert and personalized consulting services for the design and delivery of creative arts programming in a variety of settings, including healthcare, educational, and community-based organizations. With a specialization in aging, and over 25 years of experience innovating and developing programs, our expertise includes: creating meaningful partnerships among stakeholders, relationship management, securing talent, artist and staff training, teambuilding, implementation, evaluation, identifying revenue streams, sustainability, and scaling. We offer services to a full range of stakeholders including community-based organizations (CBO’s), healthcare institutions, corporations, foundations, academia and research.

Whether transforming the healthcare experience by integrating the arts into healthcare design, strengthening the learning experience through prescribed multidisciplinary arts projects that help meet California educational standards, or convening focus groups to assess human factors that enable graduate design students to design for accessibility, we provide a balance of visionary thinking, creative problem-solving and accountability. We also assist on the adoption of arts programming by corporations and businesses for the purposes of enhancing their business profile and to help provide a stimulating and creative environment for their employees. Our website,, serves as a free public resource enabling others to explore our interests through links to relevant articles, lectures, research and events by professionals in the field. New Art Horizons is led by Jeffrey Chapline, a pioneer in the field of Creative Aging. 

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With the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a surprising source is emerging as the nation’s largest pool of philanthropic dollars for health: health conversion foundations. Together, 228 conversion foundations represent some $27.5 billion of assets, according to our estimates.

What’s more, conversion foundations are already often the largest health funders in their geographic area, dispensing more than $1.3 billion a year, based on our research, to enhance the health and well-being of mostly low-income Americans and patching a fraying safety net in the process.

Sometimes called health legacy foundations, health conversion foundations form when a nonprofit health care organization converts to for-profit status or is sold to a for-profit or another nonprofit. Transaction proceeds form the basis for a new foundation intended to support the health of the community or state that the organization once served. Read more....

Why Research Into Arts and Aging Is Crucial

Experts push for proof that creativity can help us age well
November 30, 2016. By Heidi Raschke

The arts are many things to many people, but increasingly those who work in the arts, fund the arts, teach the arts and work in health care are seeking to harness the power of arts to help our society handle the so-called “silver tsunami.”What can the arts do? Excellent question. It’s one researchers, funders, entrepreneurs, government agencies and creative people all over the planet are grappling with. One thing seems to be clear to all of them: More research is needed so we can truly understand how the arts can help people —  from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds — age better. 

It’s the reason Julene Johnson launched her Community of Voices study on the effects of choir participation on health outcomes, whose results are due soon and which we’re following closely at Next Avenue. It’s also the reason the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) is releasing a creative aging research toolkit called the NEA’s Guide to Community Engaged Research in the Arts and Health (which Johnson helped create) to encourage more research. Look for it on the NEA website on Thursday Dec. 8.


Inside a Musician's Aging Brain

A singer-songwriter dives into brain research to see what's going on in his head
November 4, 2016. By Jim Walsh

Like most rock musicians of a certain age I know, I have to admit to a certain amount of self-doubt. As a 57-year-old writer, songwriter and performer, I try not to listen to the voices in my head that regularly question my ego, talent and chops. They’re the ones asking me why I keep making music in the absence of any real audience or money, no matter how satisfying it may be to self-express and live out the words of Henry Miller: “To be joyous is to be a madman in a world of sad ghosts.”

Why, dude? Whyyyyyy?

The answer came from an unlikely source: my 86–year-old mother. There, on my Facebook wall (and those of my musician brothers), was posted a Brain Pickings headline that read “How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity.” The video, posted below, justified it all with hard science:

It turns out that while listening to music engages the brain in some pretty interesting activities, playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout. — Brain Pickings


Publication of NEA Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health

Latest Resource from Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts & Human Development
December 8, 2016

A music therapists works with a patient recovering from a stroke at the Cleveland Clinic's Arts and Medicine Institute. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic.


Washington, DC—In recognition of a growing movement to integrate the arts with health in community-based programs, the National Endowment for the Arts is publishing a free, online guide for researchers and practitioners. The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health is a blueprint for collaboration among academic researchers, arts organizations, and artists aiming to study the arts’ effects on health and extend this research to arts programs or therapies. The guide is the latest in a series of resources from the Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts & Human Development.

“Arts practitioners and biomedical or behavioral health researchers have a lot to learn from one another,” said NEA Office of Research & Analysis Director Sunil Iyengar. “This guide can help them partner more effectively in documenting and studying the contributions of community-based arts programs to positive health outcomes.”  

A recent NEA report, Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists, found that “increasing numbers of artists are working as artists in other settings as more sectors are recognizing the value artists can add to their work.” With arts-in-health projects gaining in number and sophistication, rigorous research is critical for better understanding and refining this work and assessing its impact.



The Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces is a research study that will examine whether singing in a community choir is a cost-effective way to promote health and well-being among culturally diverse older adults.  Over a five-year period, new choirs for older adults will be started in 12 senior centers throughout San Francisco. Participants in the study will sing in a choir for one year and complete several health assessments. The study is funded by a grant to UCSF from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (award number R01AG042526).

The Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces study involves a three-way partnership between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the San Francisco Community Music Center (CMC), and 12 San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) senior centers.  The study is a cluster-randomized clinical trial.

The principal investigator is Julene K Johnson, PhD, a Professor at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

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The Surprising Ways Choir Singing Boosts Your Health

It's a way to improve memory, reduce stress and make breathing easier
By Deborah Quilter | November 27, 2016

Last April, when Leon Palad was approached to be choir director for Community of Voices (a group of inexperienced singers assembled for a study of the benefits of singing among older adults), he was a little scared.

But his San Francisco-based choir - average participant age: 71 - surprised him.

"I didn't expect to give them harmony at the first meeting," Palad says, "But by the performance, they were already singing in parts. They're willing to learn. They have that willingness and perseverance."


Health Conversion Foundations: How to Make Them Relevant

By Gayle Nelson | June 7, 2016

Experts estimate there are about 400 foundations across the U.S. created due to the consolidation or conversion of a nonprofit hospital or health system into a for-profit. These foundations, known as legacy or health conversion foundations, maintain missions similar to their source organization: to support the health of the community the organization once served. In this age of limited government funds and great need, returning these resources in an effective and efficient method is essential.

Health organization conversions began in the 1980s as for-profit health corporations expanded their market by purchasing nonprofit hospitals, often associated with religious denominations. In the 1990s, this trend continued as Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in California and other states were transformed into for-profit entities.


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Americans for the Arts and the American Legion Auxiliary have joined forces to create a three part guide for starting a dialogue in your community to engage military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers through the arts to facilitate healing and well-being.  In the first webinar, we invite you to learn the many ways the arts can be "deployed" in the community to serve the needs of local military and veteran populations by examples of existing programs at the local, state, and national levels.  We will introduce the partnering agencies and how they are working together to create this three part guide to connect the Arts sector with the MilVet sector and where to find both sectors in your community, including how to search, or join, the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military's online National Directory. Speaker: Susan Salaam, members of the NIAHM National Directory listing.


THE NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR ARTS & HEALTH IN THE MILITARY: EVENTS AND MEDIA KITS\Strengthening the Health and Well Being of Service Men and Women and their Families Through the Arts


2015 National Summit:  Advancing Policy, Research, and Practice in the Arts for Health and Well-Being Across the Military Continuum

Dates:  February 26 - 27, 2015

Location(s):  National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD  and other satellite locations TBD

The Third National Summit is a by invitation-only event, bringing together a diverse cross-sector of researchers, administrators, practitioners, and decision-makers from the military, veterans, health, arts and creative arts therapies, non-profit civilian, public and private sectors. The Summit will engage participants on the critical research needs impacting military service members, veterans and their families in promoting health, healing and well-being from pre-deployment to reintegration into civilian life, with emphasis on current topics of interest to the military and veterans health including resilience, physical and psychological healing, family strengthening, and reintegration.



Three reports from the National Endowment for the Arts reveal new findings about the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities. The data for the three reports is all from 2012, so for the first time the NEA can show a comprehensive view of a single year in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different angles: supply, demand, and motivations for consumer behavior. The new information will help arts providers and others more effectively understand and develop strategies to engage individuals and communities in the arts.



There is no discipline that nurtures and sparks the cognitive ability to imagine, and unleashes creativity and innovation, more than arts and culture. There is no approach that breaks barriers, connects across cultural differences, and engages our shared values more than arts and culture. There is no investment that connects us to each other, moves us to action, and strengthens our ability to make collective choices more than arts and culture.
— Eric Friedenwald-Fishman