keynote speakers


DAY 1, OCTOBER 19: Art Activism for Community Health, Wellbeing + Racial Justice

Evelyn Burnett, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ThirdSpace Action Lab (TSAL) and Third Space Café


In this interactive session, Evelyn will share local + national examples of Art Activism as a practice to promote and increase health + well-being undergirded by racial equity, inclusion + justice.  Evelyn hopes to engage participants to share their stories of art as a catalyst for health, well-being, and racial justice and to encourage participants to connect to build a movement to normalize art activism in healthcare.   

Evelyn Burnett is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ThirdSpace Action Lab (TSAL) and Third Space Café.   Prior to starting TSAL Evelyn served as Vice President, Economic Opportunity at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Associate Director for Program Strategies with Admiral Center at Living Cities, project director in the city of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, and Cleveland Executive (Coro) Fellow. Evelyn is a 2018 German Marshall Fellow and holds board officer roles for Birthing Beautiful Communities, iobyRidAll Green Partnership and Teach for America. Evelyn holds a BA in Business and Organizational Communications & Public Relations with a double minor in Sales & Marketing and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Akron and studied abroad in Ghana, Africa. @evburnett 

Photo of 2021 NOAH Conference Day 2 keynote speaker Yoko Sen.

DAY 2, OCTOBER 20: Sounds of Caring

Yoko K. Sen, ambient electronic musician and the founder of Sen Sound

How might we reimagine the role of arts in healthcare to be a vehicle of cultural transformation? Yoko will share a personal journey of how the word “resilience,” however well intentioned, may sometimes alienate those we intend to support, and, through her team’s work on transforming the sound experience in hospitals, explore case studies on what it means for arts to support resilience at the cultural level.

Yoko K. Sen is an ambient electronic musician and the founder of Sen Sound, with a vision to transform the sound environment in hospitals. As a classically trained musician, sensitive to sound, she was disturbed by noise she had experienced in hospitals as a patient.  Since then, she has embarked on a mission to humanize hospital experience by improving its sound. Yoko is a former citizen artist fellow at Kennedy Center, a former artist-in-residence at Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and Stanford Medicine X, and KP Innovation at Kaiser Permanente. Sen Sound has helped medical device companies such as Medtronic and Philips, to improve the sound experience design, and their work has been featured in New York Times, BBC, and STAT. Yoko has presented nationally and internationally, including TEDMED (2018) and Aspen Ideas Festival: Health (2019), Sen Sound’s initiative, “My Last Sound,” was selected as a Top Idea by Open IDEO’s End of Life challenge, involving hundreds of people from around the world sharing the last sound they wish to hear.  

Born and raised in Japan, Yoko was classically trained in piano from age three.  Yoko had produced the album, “012906,” which was nominated for “Best Album in Electronica” by the 6th Independent Awards.  She then produced the album “Heaven’s Library,” for which she received the Washington Music Association Awards for “Best Electronica Artist.” In 2020, Yoko produced a short film, “Sounds of Caring: New York,” in collaboration with frontline healthcare workers at Northwell Health, which won Bronze Award for Best Documentary Short at Independent Short Awards (Sep 2020) and became an official selection for Big Apple Film Festival (2020 Fall edition) among others. As a self-proclaimed “sound alchemist,” Yoko aspires to create music, which is, to quote Beethoven, “the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life.”  

Read more about Yoko’s work below!





photo credit: Amanda Friedman

DAY 3, OCTOBER 21: Leadership & the Future of Creativity in Arts & Health

Theo Edmonds, JD,MHA,MFA(he/him/his)

Associate Dean of Transdisciplinary Research & InnovationCollege of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver


Future of work studies show everyone will face a similar scale of potential job losses and gains. But even as artificial intelligence technologies offer new avenues for economic advancement, diverse,  historically underestimated groups, will face new upskilling challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Research suggest that cultures of inclusion are antecedent conditions of employee wellbeing and organizational  innovation and growth, especially in uncertain economic environments and markets. This session will explore the emerging leadership roles for artists who engage transdisciplinary science for population health innovation.  

Objective/ Learning outcomes: 

  • Explore emergent transdisciplinary leadership approaches to culture, creativity and wellbeing – ranging from arts to business – which may offer new opportunities for advancing population health
  • Create awareness of the data evolution happening in cultural analytics and how it helps to promote equity in data
  • Explore the type of resources and frameworks that organizations can cultivate to help operationalize creativity and culture as strategic imperatives for innovation 

Photo Credit: Amanda Friedman



session recordings are now available to attendees


Created for artists, arts administrators, healthcare professionals, designers, educators, students and anyone with an interest in arts in health, the NOAH conference is designed to provide opportunities for participants to exchange ideas, gain applicable knowledge, build connections and energize developments for the future of the field.

This year’s focus areas are Rebuilding Our Foundations, Redefining Health and Wellbeing, and Leading and Transforming Through Arts in Health.


Questions? Contact [email protected]

Thank you to our 2021 Conference Sponsors:

Day 1 Sponsor: Tuesday, 10/19 – “Redefining Health & Wellbeing”

Day 2 Sponsor: Wednesday, 10/20 – “Rebuilding Our Foundations”

Keynote Sponsor: Yoko Sen

Special Events & Networking Sponsor

Scholarship Sponsors

Session Sponsors

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Help attendees learn, share, educate, and develop new ways to assist those in need of mental, physical, and emotional support- improving and innovating nationwide programs with proven health benefits for their communities.

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