As a public health researcher and teacher you might ask why I decided to register as a virtual participant in ArtsFwd the first National Innovation Summit for Arts and Culture - an invitation only meeting of innovators from US arts and cultural institutions? What could this have to do with public health and wouldn't the discussion be too specialised to learn any lessons?
As I have written recently (on this blog) I have been pursuing a hunch that public health innovators might learn a great deal from artists since arts practice is inherently creative and frequently innovative. It was via this interest that I happened upon ArtsFwd and discovered I could register as a virtual participant at a meeting that at the very least sounded like it might be interesting if not immediately useful. What a wonderful and serendipitous discovery! The Virtual Summit was both immensely useful and unexpectedly inspiring.