by Foundation for Art & Healing
Wed, May 9, 2018, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
New York, NY 10019
As attention towards loneliness and isolation grows, much of the activity to address it is organized around specific at-risk populations like older adults, youth at risk, or the marginalized. While this is understandable as a starting point, we see a timely opportunity to explore the loneliness challenges and connection opportunities across silos and populations, examining cross-cutting issues, identifying universal barriers to change, and identifying essential characteristics of innovative and scalable solutions.
What also makes the UnLonely Film Festival Conference unique is its integration of both the arts and sciences in a search for a better understanding of what loneliness truly is, how it impacts and alters lives, and how it can best be addressed. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative research, as well as “real world” evidence and testimonies, attendees went beyond the usual ways of approaching this complex topic.
This creative and innovative conference program addressed loneliness and its challenges in ANY at-risk group, and was useful for those developing and delivering programs and solutions as well as those who would benefit from them.