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12. Art as Medicine Gets a New Opportunity to Make an Impact

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In today’s episode, Jessica sits down with Chris Appleton, Founder & CEO of Sewn Arts and the Art Pharmacy. You’ll hear how Chris and his team are creating a solution for care providers to prescribe and refer patients to health-improving arts & culture experiences, how they’re uniquely bringing together key stakeholders in the healthcare and arts communities, and how creatives can meet people where they are with their craft’s life-giving therapy.

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Chris Appleton is the Founder & CEO of Sewn Arts and the Art Pharmacy, a solution through which care providers prescribe and refer patients to arts & culture interventions that improve mental health and emotional well-being. 

A social entrepreneur, Chris has spent his career developing organizations where the arts meet civic life. Previously, Chris was Co-founder and Executive Director of WonderRoot, where he was focused on social change movement-building through the arts. Chris and his work have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, Fast Company, and more. Chris has been honored with numerous awards, including the Americans for the Arts National Emerging Leader Award, Emory Center for Creativity and the Arts Community Impact Award, and New Leaders Council Alumni Award. He was a special guest at the 2011 White House Youth Summit, a member of the 2019 Class of Leadership Atlanta, and received honors such as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, Georgia Trend’s 100 Notable Georgians, Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2014, and World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers.

Currently pursuing his Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Chris is engaged in a range of initiatives beyond his professional work. He helped build Vote with Dignity, a healthy democracy effort to improve the voting experience through line-warming and neighborhood engagement. He has served on numerous boards including the Grady Health System’s Ambassador Force, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Americans for the Arts EL Council, Alliance Theatre Advisory Board, Health Connect South Advisory Board, and more.

Chris lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Annie, and two young children, Alexander and June.



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