Yale students’ health-promoting posters to be exhibited in Hartford

(Created by Jane Long and Eileen Huang)“The Art of Public Health,” an exhibition of posters produced through a collaboration between students at Yale’s Schools of Art and Public Health, will be on view at the State Capitol in Hartford July 9–20.

More than two dozen posters will be on exhibit, each raising awareness of health issues such as early detection of breast cancer and kids’ exposure to harmful advertising. The works exhort viewers to eat broccoli, take a nap, and play squash with a friend, among other health-promoting actions.

“This exhibit is a creative and engaging way to get people to think about their health, their habits, and how they can improve on both,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, who is helping to sponsor the exhibit through her role as chair of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange.

The 14 pairs of students who participated in the program honed their messages into a graphically compelling format during a series of meetings in which the public health students presented detailed information about a particular health issue and the graphic artists responded with the best way to express the information through typography, design, image, and color. The posters were originally displayed at the Yale School of Art in April.

An accompanying video looks at how the creative synergy of the Yale collaboration developed and why the alliance of graphic arts and public health advocacy was effective.

The “Art of Public Health” posters are on display on the north side of the Concourse running between the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol, located at 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, and can be visited Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.