October 8-10, 2018
Austin, Texas
Austin Convention Center

Dear Friends and Supporters of NOAH,

NOAH is proud to announce its second annual conference, to be held in conjunction with the 31st Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo (HFSE), October 8 – 10th 2018, in Austin, Texas.

We have been so pleased to hear the positive feedback from attendees regarding the 2017 conference!  This year we will be making many improvements based on the suggestions that you provided to us.  Some of the changes that will be implemented include a pre-symposium workshop for administrators of Arts in Health programs on Sunday, October 7 (stay tuned for details!), as well as an additional space throughout the conference for participatory arts activities.

For information on the larger Symposium and Exposition, please visit the HFSE’s website here. NOAH’s conference track information will be on the HFSE website by April 2018.  Proceedings and photos from the 2017 conference can be found here on our website. NOAH is grateful for the friends and sponsors who have been instrumental in the success of its early endeavors, including its legacy organization, the Arts & Health Alliance.

In addition to the Arts in Health track activities, our conference attendees will have access to the keynotes, full breakfasts, luncheons, break refreshments, and Expo events with the attendees of the Symposium. Registration fees for the conference track will begin at the Early Bird rate of $500 for NOAH members. Non-members can register at the rate of $600. After June 1, the Early Bird rate will expire for NOAH members and the cost will be $600 for members and $700 for non-members. We will again provide information on affordable accommodation options in addition to the official conference hotels.

Many thanks to everyone who applied to present and participate in this exciting conference!

We look forward to reviewing your submissions!


Annette Ridenour
Co-Chair of the Conference

Katherine Trapanovski
Co-Chair of the Conference

Last year’s attendees said:

“It was wonderful to be able to meet and connect with peers and mentors from across the country.”

“I was energized and inspired by many of the presentations. I have come back to my program with lots of new ideas.”


NOAH’s Second Annual Conference
Reimagining the Future of Arts and Health
October 8-10, 2018
Pre-conferences held October 7

Early Bird Pricing Deadline: August 3, 2018

Early Bird Pricing until August 3
$500 for NOAH Members
$600 for non-members
October 8-10
+ Optional October 7 Preconferences:
Preconference: Arts in Public Health
$100 members, $125 non-members
Preconference: Arts in Healthcare Management
$100 members, $125 non-members

After Early Bird Pricing expires, conference prices will rise to $600 for NOAH members and $700 for non members, and pre-conference prices will rise to $125 for NOAH members and $150 for non members. 

Link to conference registration coming soon!


photos from our 2017 conference

2017 conference presentations

Below are the conference presentations released by the 2017 presenters at the inaugural NOAH Arts in Health Conference. Presentations with information pending publication were withheld at the request of the presenters.

Arts in Health: Philanthropy

Report from Grantmakers for the Arts’ Thought Leaders Forum on Arts in Medicine

Resources on Arts in Health from Grantmakers in the Arts

Arts in Health: Performances and Healing Spaces

Creating a Healing Space: Auditory and Visual Beautification of an Inpatient Acute Psychiatry Unit

The Aesthetics of Film Scoring as a Life-Generative Art Form: Harnessing the Power of Music to Enhance our Humanity in Healthcare

Arts in Health: Research

Measuring Health Outcomes: The Creative Arts Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

Arts in Health: Program Models 

A New Challenge to Arts in Healthcare Programs at the University of Michigan Health System: Success!

Building the Toolbox

Arts in Health: Creative Arts Therapies 

Creative Arts in Practice

Technologies and Arts Therapy: Creative Interventions for Neurological Disorders

Arts in Health: Arts in the Military

A Portfolio of Caring Through the Arts: Creative Services Offered by ArtStream’s Artists-in-Residence Team in the USA’s Largest Military Medical Center

The NEA Creative Forces Telehealth Project: Using Video-Based Technologies to Bridge the Gap Between Clinical and Community Based Arts Programs for Service Members Across the Military Treatment Continuum

Arts in Health: Innovation in Educational Programs

Applied Arts and Social Justice: A Partnership for the 21st Century

Engaging Learners in Arts in Health Education in Traditional and Online Environments

Arts in Health: Design

Art with Intent in Hospitals

Seven Year Journey – The Art Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Best Practices in Interactive and Technology-based Art