Hyperallergic

A Museum Hires a Full-time Therapist

Episode Summary

Is a museum visit just what the doctor ordered? In Montreal, medical professionals can prescribe you a museum visit to see the only full-time art therapist working in a museum on the continent.

Episode Notes

In Canada, an incredible new program allows doctors to prescribe museum visits to their patients. Hyperallergic's Zachary Small visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to talk with Stephen Legari, the first full-time art therapist on staff at a North American museum (he sees 1,200 patients a year), about his work in the city's encyclopedic museum and what role art can plan in healing.

It's a fascinating story that might also point to new possibilities for art museums eager to play important roles in their local communities by teaching people to learn from and engage with art.

A special thanks to Dried Spider for the music to this week’s episode. You can visit driedspider.bandcamp.com, for more information.