Public spaces as transformative creative wellness spaces: an evaluation of Musical Intervention

Liat S. Kriegel, Pauline Bernard, Elizabeth R. Fraser, Kirsten Maclean, Corinne Noonan, Merarilisse Crespo, Rachel Schmidt, Lucile Bruce, Robert Cole, Michael Rowe, Chyrell D. Bellamy

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Musical Intervention (MI) is a public space that supports individuals who seek opportunities for creativity and connection with the broader community. This study sought to evaluate and understand MI through surveys, qualitative interviews, and ethnographic observations. Data revealed that participants 1) described the space as a socially integrated community and a nonclinical therapeutic and sober environment; and 2) described their personal experience using MI. Public spaces like MI can provide integrative and transformative sober spaces for marginalized individuals to spend time outside of clinical settings as well as therapeutic opportunities through creative expression, supplementing the efforts of service providers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-25
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number1
Early online date20 Aug 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Aug 2021


  • community
  • identity
  • music
  • social integration
  • therapeutic landscape

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