Arts Prescriptions on Campus: Offering Art on Prescription to Students in Higher Education

Apr 25, 2024 Noon Eastern/9:00am Pacific

In January 2024, Stanford University launched a pilot program to connect students with art on prescription. In the program, participants receive an arts prescription which contains 9 “doses” of arts and culture. Each dose is a single engagement for an on campus activity or event (such as attending a concert, participating in a workshop, visiting a museum, etc.). Deborah Cullinan, Vice President for the Arts at Stanford, will share the story behind why the Stanford Arts Prescribing Program was launched, working with a complex network of campus and external partners, and what they’ve learned since launch.


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Deborah Cullinan is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the pivotal role artists and arts organizations can play in shaping our social and political landscape and has spent years mobilizing communities through arts and culture. She joined Stanford University in early 2022 as the first full-time vice president for the arts. Previously, she was CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), where she launched several bold new programs, engagement strategies, and civic coalitions. Prior to joining YBCA in 2013, she was the executive director of San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts. She is a co-founder of CultureBank, board member of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust and EPACENTER, and recently served as co-chair of the San Francisco Arts Alliance and vice chair of the Yerba Buena Gardens Conservancy. She was the inaugural National Field Leader in Residence at Arizona State University’s National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation and a former innovator-in-residence at the Kauffman Foundation. She served on Mayor London Breed’s San Francisco Economic Recovery Task Force and on Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. Her passion for using art and creativity to shift culture and advance equity and justice has made her a sought-after speaker at events and conferences around the world.