Tasha Golden is a doctoral candidate and Health and Social Justice Scholar at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, researching intersections of the arts and public health. Shaped by her career as a touring songwriter, Golden examines how creative writing and the arts amplify and clarify voices, assets, and issues that are ignored or obscured by traditional methods of research, policy advocacy, and needs assessment.
The arts are known (in part) for making difficult issues confront-able, discuss-able, disclose-able. If we know that stigma and isolation result in adverse population health outcomes, what are the public health implications of increasing a community's access to the arts as a means of disclosing and discussing difficult issues & experiences?
What are traditional research and data collection methods inevitably missing or obscuring about individuals, communities, and societies? And by contrast, what do arts-based methods make visible, say-able, ask-able, research-able, knowable?
How might Public Health embrace culture - such as storytelling and other arts - as a means of challenging embedded cultural norms that adversely affect health?
What can we learn about a community's assets, needs, and priorities by observing and analyzing the art that its members create, celebrate, or share?