On Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, NOAH announced this year’s winners of the Cam Busch NOAH Arts in Health Awards at the annual conference. Recognizing individuals or organizations offering visual or performing arts programs supporting health care, educational and community needs, the awards were presented at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

About the NOAH Awards:
The awards are open to artists working in all media, or arts in health programs in community or clinical settings, who demonstrate an arts project or initiative in a health setting that has measurably improved the health or wellbeing of the intended population.

Three programs were recognized with 1st place awards and six received honorable mentions in the Arts Advancing Social Justice, Arts Building Resilience, and Arts for Innovation categories. 1st place winners received $500 and free registration to NOAH’s annual conference. This year’s recipients are:


1st Place Winner

“2022 Art+Issues: Art, Health, and Social Justice”

The Hunter Museum of American Art; CHI Memorial Arts Therapies & Well-Being Program

Arts Therapies & Wellbeing Program at CHI Memorial – Instagram Account

Hunter Museum of American Art – Instagram Account


Honorable Mention

“Aseemkala Initiative”

University of North Carolina, Department of OBGYN

Aseemkala Website


1st Place Winner

“From These Roots: An Expressive Art & Storytelling Project with Healthcare Workers at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit”

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital

1st Honorable Mention

“Boston Hope Music Teaching Project”

Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Conservatory, Boston Hope Music, Eureka Ensemble

Boston Hope Music – Facebook Page

2nd Honorable Mention

“Reimagining Medicine Festival”

American Medical Women’s Association

Reimagining Medicine Festival – Website


1st Place Winner


Life on Earth Art, Department of State Hospitals-Napa Rehabilitation Therapy Department

Life on Earth Art – Website

1st Honorable Mention

“Open Studio Project at Evanston Township High School: Art Therapy, SEL & a Re-acclimation Program”

Open Studio Project, Inc.

Open Studio Project – Website

2nd Honorable Mention

“Murals as Health Communication: Promoting COVID-19 vaccine confidence amongst university students”

University of Florida

3rd Honorable Mention

“Weaving Words and Movement into Art”

Arts for the Aging, Inc., JCA Samuel J. Gorlitz Kensington Club, JCA Interages

Arts for the Aging – Website

2022 Jury

Cam Busch

Cam Busch is the owner of the Art Therapy Consults and Studio, Private Practice, Chattanooga, TN. Committed to the value of utilizing arts in healing and wellness with children, adults and geriatrics with physical and emotional challenges and life adjustment disorders. 

Modern day pioneer and bridge builder for the arts and health among interdisciplinary organizations, including the creative arts therapies, the visual and performing arts and holistic nursing. Nominated for the highest award of the American Art Therapy Association, the Honorary Life Member. Received the Tennessee Art Therapy Association Distinguished Service Award and HLM. 

Licensed, registered and board certified art therapist ( 28 years to present ). Supervisor and mentor to rising arts therapists and arts in healthcare practitioners. 

Licensed, registered and board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, retired 2015. ( 20 years practice ). 

Exhibiting artist and photographer ( 50 years to present ). Extensive solo and group exhibitions, state, national and international, including the Washington National Cathedral, the1996 0lympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and Russia, China, Ireland and Italy. 

National Arts in Healthcare Consultant NEA/SAH Leadership Initiative Grant training recipient, 2001. Inaugural Creative Center for Women with Cancer, New York City Hospital Artist in Residence training recipient, 2002. 

Benefactor of the arts in healthcare through ( 30 years to present ) elected voluntary board and committee service local, national and international. American Art Therapy Association, Inc., Tennessee Art Therapy Association, Inc., Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Global Alliance for Arts in Health, CHI Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Association for Visual Arts, AIM center, The Sophia Institute, Racial Justice Council, in Charleston, SC, Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, Arts Based Collaborative, University of TN at Chattanooga, National Advisory Freedom Sings USA, National Organization for Arts in Health ( NOAH ) founding member, Core Curriculum writer, Juror for the Hamilton Awards, inaugural steering committee for NOAH founding board of directors. 

Created the Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series for CHI Memorial Healthcare, Chattanooga, TN, now in its 21st year. Partners have included the Chattanooga Theatre Center, Hunter Museum of American Art, and the University of TN at Chattanooga. Founding member of the CHI Memorial Arts in Health Program (1996) and the Tennessee Art Therapy Association (1993). 

Ophelia M. Chambliss

Ophelia M. Chambliss has been successfully working and exhibiting as a fine artist, and lecturer, for many years. Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo shows, group shows, and several distinguished juried shows. She calls her signature painting style realistic cubism, and paints a variety of subject matters, with variances in style to meet the needs of the piece. Ophelia holds a BA in Communication Arts and Sciences, and a MA in Communications from Penn State University. She combines her visual communication with verbal and written communication to tell the story behind her work, in lectures and presentations that build an appreciation for cultural understanding. She uses her work to support messages in public speaking engagements that advocate for equity, the arts, community activism, and professional development. Most of her recent work has been in the realm of public art and murals. She is particularly fond of this because of the community contribution, client collaboration, visual language messaging, and the challenge of scale. Ophelia loves working with youth, especially those in marginalized communities, and helping them to experience success, in things that they create with their own hands, and helping them find a creative means of expression. She also works within the realm of public spaces and big picture art, with an emphasis on public interaction. Ophelia is originally from Chicago, IL but currently resides in York, Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in Fine Art, she was a business professional in the area of Graphic Design in the Publishing Industry, specializing in educational publishing, and new Business Development. As a fine artist, she has shown in solo and group shows across the country. Most recently, she has work in a group show in Chicago, has an upcoming show at Cheney University, and has had solo shows in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. She has also displayed her work in distinguished shows in New York, Chicago, IL, Washington DC, Philadelphia, PA and more. She also has a substantial presence in public art installations in the form of wall murals and freestanding painted sculptural pieces.

Ping Ho

Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is Founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing, which transforms lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. She has a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford, master’s degrees in counseling psychology and public health from the University of California, Santa Barbara and UCLA, respectively, and lifelong experience in the performing arts. Ping co-developed and served as principal investigator for the evidence-based training program, Beat the Odds®: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming. In addition, she spearheaded the development of the Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) and SEA on a Shoestring: Supportive Art, Movement, Music, and Writing for Individuals and Groups in Any Setting. Ping is a steering committee member of the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative and is associate editor for the creative arts therapy section of the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. She has co-chaired the annual Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles, featuring 150+ hands-on workshops on creativity and the arts in healing. Ping is also co-author of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art, winner of a 2019 National Parenting Products Association Award.

Annette Ridenour

Annette Ridenour has been a leader in health care design for 35+ years as president and founder of Aesthetics, Inc. She has been described as a practical visionary for her ability to combine explorative thought with strategic thinking focused upon implementation. Annette is also President emeritus of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, co-author of “Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts”. Numerous articles by and about her have appeared in such national art and healthcare publications. She has lectured on Arts in Healthcare in six countries. She won the 2012 award for Arts in the Patient Environment from the Academy for Health and Design.

Brandi Shah

Brandi Shah, MD, MPH, is a family medicine physician who specializes in adolescent, young adult, and sexual and reproductive health. The whole of her preclinical life and career have prioritized serving, centering, and responding to medically underserved communities across diverse settings and structural realities. She has been a lifelong creative writer/poet for her own personal growth and pleasure. Since 2020, she expanded boundaries in her creative practice to evolve into a digital artist-storyteller-educator. Combining her passions for storytelling and health justice, her ultimate vision is to create an adaptive community storytelling lab for health justice that can serve as a “third place” where all community members can be invited from the margins to congregate, affirm, collaborate, activate, and compassionately reclaim narratives about health and resilience for the uplift of all.