The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS (HPAA) is an initiative of Manhattan Arts International, an organization launched in 1983 to promote emerging artists. HPAA is a growing global community of artists, advocates, and writers dedicated to raising awareness about how ART serves as a positive catalyst for enhancing the well-being of individuals, society and the environment. We believe that art has the power to heal, inspire, provoke, challenge and offer hope and bring positive change to the world.
Our Audience: HPAA has become one of the most popular positive art related websites on the Internet. Our audience is international and widespread. As one of the pioneers in promoting art as a healing modality for decades we have developed a respected position among a general audience that shares our belief in addition to artists, healthcare professionals, writers, galleries and educators specializing in healing art.
Comments and Praise: As internationally recognized arts writer Edward Rubin states about The Healing Power of ART website, “It’s filled with awe-inspiring essays. Hope, optimism and beautiful thoughts is just what is needed to remind us that there is still good in the world and that all is not lost.” Read comments about HPAA.
About the Founder: HPAA was launched by Renée Phillips in 2015, the Founder and Director of Manhattan Arts International, ManhattanArts.com,
Prior to developing online exhibitions she organized dozens of exhibitions in NYC focused on “The Healing Power of Art”.
She was the founder and editor-in-chief of Manhattan Arts International, a major art magazine in NYC, NY, from 1983-2020.
As a staunch artist’s advocate Renée has served on the advisory boards of several non-profit arts organizations including the UNCF “The Art of Giving Back” and New York Artists Equity Association.
She has been a member of the prestigious Art Critics Association of America (AICA-USA) and her articles have appeared in leading art magazines, websites, and gallery catalogues. Currently, she focuses on writing articles on this website, on Manhattan Arts International, and Renee-Phillips.com.
As a student at The Art Student’s League in NYC, NY she launched “Artopia” and organized group exhibitions to help fellow artists get exposure throughout NYC, in such venues as Lincoln Center, Chase Manhattan Bank, Studio 54, and many art galleries. During this time she organized the only art political debate in the history of NYC among art leaders. She also served on one of the NYC mayor’s “Excellence in the Arts” advisory boards.
Renée has presented many lectures and keynote speeches in such venues as the Art Institute of Chicago, Heckscher Museum, Columbia University, National Arts Club, New York University, Artists Talk on Art, and New York Foundation For The Arts. She designed a series of art and business courses for Marymount Manhattan College and for 7 years she presented “How to Get Into New York Art Galleries”, a course at The Learning Annex.
You will find art that provides a healing, positive impact on viewers.
Online Art Exhibitions
Throughout the year we present online art exhibitions open to artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums.
The purpose of our exhibitions is to promote artists to our global audience and raise awareness about the importance of art for positive change. Exhibitions have included “Artists For World Peace”, “The Healing Power of Color”, “Our Bond With Nature”, “Art That Lifts Our Spirits”, and “Inspirational Art in Mixed Media”. We present a variety of powerful visual images and artists’ statements created by artists from around the world.
Meet Our Special Friends
Our Friends share our belief that art brings positive change.
We are delighted to present a page of Friends of The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS. These individuals and organizations share our mission and belief that art can serve as a catalyst for healing individuals, society and the environment, that art can raise awareness and lift our spirits.
On Our Blog We Have An Extensive Online Collection of Art & Healing Articles
We publish articles that focus on art, artists and art programs that serve humanity and share our vision to improve the world through artistic endeavors. A few categories include: World Changers, Eco-Art & Artists, Artists’ Stories, Art Programs, Arts Education, and Art For Healthcare, among others.
Visit this page that will take you to a selection of articles.
Call for Artists
Learn more about our exhibitions and current call for artists.
Comprehensive Resource Directory
We maintain a Resource Directory of Art & Healing Organizations and Programs which is probably the most comprehensive resource available on this topic. Our purpose is to help promote how they are contributing to improve the world and let readers know where to find help.
We ask artists and nonprofit arts administrators to share their art and healing stories written from a positive perspective that will serve as inspiration and hope for our readers. There is no fee to submit your story idea and no publishing or promotional charges related to this opportunity. We have specific requirements. Visit this page for details.
More About Us
We utilize Social Media campaigns to continuously share the articles and reach a global audience. Our daily posting activity includes Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
We send a subscription-based FREE Email Newsletter every week. To subscribe go here.
About Manhattan Arts International
Since its inception in 1983 Manhattan Arts International has been responsible for promoting thousands of artists from around the world, working in different styles and media. We promote artistic excellence through our curated art programs. In 1999 Manhattan Arts International launched an online presence. Prior to its online presence the organization published a leading four-color art magazine titled Manhattan Arts International, for 17 years.
Founder & Director Renee Phillips has curated more than 60 exhibitions most of them devoted to “The Healing Power of Art” in galleries and on Manhattan Arts International. She is an internationally recognized author, mentor and member of the International Association of Art Critics. She has been an active arts advocate serving on several nonprofit advisory boards.
Renee Phillips, Director