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Day 1 Keynote Speaker

Zeke has represented the First District on the Baltimore City Council since 2016.

He grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, the son of a social worker and a psychiatrist. Zeke‘s belief that “community comes first” was inspired by his mother’s stories of marching for Civil Rights and registering voters during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. After graduating from Goucher College, Zeke taught in West Baltimore and, as a teacher, was awarded the Elizabeth Lawrence Prize for Excellence. He attained a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Zeke started his nonprofit, The Intersection, to help young people learn community organizing and civic leadership.  He ran for office with the belief that democracy only works when everyone has a voice in the process.

In July 2019, Zeke introduced the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, making Baltimore the first city in the country to comprehensively legislate trauma-responsive care. The bill, which was signed into law in February 2020, and the movement that propelled it forward were created to help Baltimore heal from our enduring legacies of trauma, racism and violence.

In April 2019, Zeke sponsored the Gender-Inclusive Single-User Restroom bill, which helps ensure our city is safe and welcoming for all communities by requiring all single-user restrooms to have gender-inclusive signage. It was the first bill in Baltimore’s history to be signed at a Pride Parade.

In 2018, Zeke introduced the Transparency in Lobbying Act. The law tightens restrictions on lobbyists and requires lobbying disclosure forms to be posted online.

Zeke and his staff work tirelessly to deliver world-class constituent services and to provide transparency throughout the process. Since entering office in 2016, his office has resolved over 2800 separate constituent requests for assistance. These include requests for help resolving water billing disputes, removing abandoned boats from vacant lots, and expediting the repair of broken streetlights. Zeke believes in the power of organized communities and in the past two years, his office created community-driven task forces on the topics of transportation and public safety.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker

Lady Brion is an international spoken word artist, poetry coach, activist, organizer, educator and the founder and executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District. She received her B.A. in Applied Communication from Howard University and her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Design from the University of Baltimore. During her slam career she has won the 2016 National Poetry Slam, the 2017/2019/2022 Southern Fried Regional Slam, and the 2019 Rustbelt Regional Slam. She most recently won the Women of the World poetry slam and the International Poetry Slam in 2021. In 2018, she published a book and accompanying album called With My Head Unbowed. Lady Brion also serves on the board for DewMore Baltimore and as the Cultural Curator for a grassroots political think-tank called Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle in Baltimore.

Day 3 Keynote Speaker

Dr Daisy Fancourt is Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology at University College London, where she heads the Social Biobehavioural Research Group. Her research focuses on the effects of social factors on health, including loneliness, social isolation, social & community assets, arts and cultural engagement, and social prescribing. Her work includes behavioural studies, clinical trials and implementation studies, and epidemiological analyses. Daisyhas received over £27 million in research funding as Principal and Co-Investigator and has been recognised with awards from the British Science Association, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, British Academy, British Federation of Women Graduates, American Psychosomatic Society, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Royal Society for Public Health and NHS England. From 2018-21 she was Director of the national UKRI MARCH Mental Health Research network on social, cultural and community engagement, and she is currently Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Arts and Health as well as a BBC New Generation Thinker and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Conference Overview: Created for artists, arts administrators, healthcare professionals, designers, educators, students and anyone with an interest in arts in health, the annual 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 were:

The Continuum of Care

The field of arts in health has been compelled to re-imagine what practices look like. We find ourselves reconnecting with our communities amidst new protocols, policies, and approaches. We continue to expand into AND beyond traditional healthcare facilities into an evolving ecosystem of health and healthcare as we integrate holistic, preventative and innovative practices for individual and community health.

  • How do we continue to adapt as we focus not just on healing and recovery, but on health and wellbeing in a variety of environments?
  • What solutions can we offer as we explore community and public health?
  • How do we invite, include, and learn from the next generation and other new and existing communities who are doing arts in health work?  
  • How do we continue to care for our vital caregivers?
  • What are some positive outcomes of the last few years, and how can we apply those to our work today?
  • What new programming models are emerging? Where are they taking place and who is leading them?
  • How are our practices expanding and what new issues/situations are being addressed?
A Fuller Spectrum of Arts in Health

Arts in health is composed of many voices and needs to include even more. This focus area prioritizes and elevates the voices once minoritized, but now with heightened appreciation for their critical value in guiding the future of the field. As arts in health continues to grow, imagine and implement equitable professionalization, we welcome opportunities to showcase practice, methodologies, frameworks, research, advocacy, activism, education and policy that demonstrate fuller cultural understanding and reflection on how our systems must evolve.

  • How can arts in health assure more empowered representation of diverse voices?
  • What bases of knowledge and perspective help to present a fuller understanding of what arts in health is and can be?
  • How do equity, justice and liberation intersect with arts in health?
  • What role should arts in health professionals utilize in advancing health equity?
  • How can cultural humility in the work/field today continue to be developed?  What barriers need to be overcome?
  • How do we ensure standards of practice and also account for humility, humanity, and open-mindedness?
  • What kind of research is supporting the growth and expansion of the field?
  • What kind of research is challenging the status quo of the field?
  • How do we reimagine our collective learning by incorporating different ways of knowing?
  • As we strive to decolonize and grow in cultural understanding, what barriers do we need to overcome?
  • How are people in the field creating impact on diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
NOAH's COVID-19 Statement

NOAH is looking forward to welcoming you to our 2022 in person conference.  While we are excited to gather in person the health and safety of all attendees and participants is a priority.  With COVID-19 continuing to evolve NOAH will follow the guidelines as issued by the Center for Disease Control, State of Maryland, City of Baltimore and the event venues at the time of the conference.  COVID-19 conditions can change quickly and NOAH will continue to monitor conditions and protocols.  NOAH will update guidelines as needed and will share updated information on the NOAH website and through emails as we approach the conference dates.  In order to make the NOAH Conference as safe as possible we are instituting the following guidelines at this time; all guidelines are subject to change at any time:

  • Attendees must be fully vaccinated to attend the NOAH Conference and must confirm vaccination status at registration.
    • Vaccination must be from the list of approved Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization vaccines: approved vaccines can be found here
    • Attendees should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination status upon check in at the conference. Proof of vaccination can be provided by presenting a vaccination card or digital vaccination card.
    • Per the CDC “fully vaccinated” is defined two weeks after having received all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, two doses in a two dose series or one dose of a single dose series.
    • NOAH strongly recommends that attendees receive booster doses when eligible.
  • Face coverings are required at all times except when actively eating and drinking in designated areas or when presenting. Please note that the American Visionary Art Museum has a mask requirement for both museum visitors and event attendees. N95 or KN95 masks are preferred.
  • Frequent hand washing is encouraged, use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible.
  • Consider taking a COVID-19 test prior to traveling or arriving in town and only attend if your test is negative.
  • Complete the NOAH COVID-19 exposure screening questions prior to arriving at the conference. NOAH will share screening questions as we approach the conference.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home. Contact NOAH if your plans change due to COVID-19. (link to contact info)

Remember any public gathering increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Attendees participate in the NOAH Conference at their own risk.  Additional information from the CDC on protecting yourself and others can be found here.


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“I really enjoyed meeting like-minded souls. I knew I really needed that connection but didn’t realize how much. I also enjoyed the range of topics and can honestly say all of the presentations were interesting and thought-provoking.”

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“Feeling in the room- we are the movement- the change- the tipping point- so much power and energy in that.”

“I loved the evidence and validation that what I have been doing for the last 20 years and have known, is in fact true. I love what they are doing at neuro arts! I loved being surrounded by people making a difference in the world with their gifts! I loved the keynotes and hearing what they are doing in Baltimore! I loved seeing the videos with the awards to see how others are making a difference. And loved seeing that what we are doing at Inova with our team is on the mark. It really made me proud of our team. I loved meeting so many talented and inspiring people doing amazing things!!”

“A fabulous array of presenters, stimulating information, diversity of the presenters.”

“With the financial difficulties faced by my institution, I would not have been able to attend in person. So just having a virtual day was awesome.”



KICK-off party &
art refresh

day 1

Lady Brion Keynote

Daisy Fancourt Keynote

What’s the Buzz?

Artful Celebrations

Session Sponsors


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