Deadline for receipt of submissions: May 15th, 2023

Notification: mid-June, 2023

Awards Announcement: NOAHCON ’23 on September 19 – 21, 2023

The National Organization for Arts in Health is proud to announce the 5th Annual Arts in Health Awards Program.

The awards are open to NOAH members: individual artists working in all disciplines, or arts in health programs or projects in a healthcare facility or community setting. Submissions should demonstrate how this program or project has measurably improved the health or wellbeing of the intended population. Any individual or group may nominate themselves or another party. These awards are open to individuals and institutions in both the US and internationally. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cam Busch, there is no fee to enter this year.

Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of judges, representing the NOAH Board of Directors and their Ambassadors, among others. Awards will be announced and presented at the NOAH conference this September. NOAH is grateful to Cam Busch for sponsoring the  awards program for the second year in a row!

Categories for Recognition:


  • Arts Advancing Social Justice – Recognition for demonstrating the positive impact of the project or program on socioeconomically and racially oppressed communities.
  • Arts Building Resilience – Recognition for demonstrating the efficacy of the arts in combating burnout for healthcare providers and family caregivers to cultivate resiliency.
  • Arts for Innovation – Recognition for demonstrating the positive impact of a project or program through use of media, technology, or creative programming for target populations.
  • Arts Transforming Environments – Recognition for demonstrating the positive impact of a project or program in a healthcare environment.

2023 Jury

Barbara Steinhaus

Barbara Steinhaus began her vocal training in Atlanta, Georgia, though a native of Madison, Wisconsin. She won honors, scholarships, and degrees: a BMusic from Georgia State University, a Music University of Illinois, and a DMA from the University of Georgia. Articles based on her doctoral thesis, “An Investigation of Marian Andersons’s Interpretation of Black Spiritual Art Songs in Selected Recording,” have been published in journals such as the NATS Journal of Singing. Highlights as a professional soprano include Steinhaus singing with Georgia Opera and Atlanta Opera Studio; in Francis Poulenc’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, New York City in 1990; and in art song recitals such as Das Spanische Liederbuch (Wolf) with John Wustman at the piano. Currently she is the Department of Music Chair at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, teaching Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and music history courses. She has students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Syracuse University. In 2014, she went back to school earning a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida. Steinhaus is initiating new curriculum in this field serving both fine arts and health science majors, all the while maintaining a bedside musician practice at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Louise Shaw

Louise grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, and has always been interested in art. When Shaw was in the seventh grade, she began attending art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and she knew right away that she wanted to work in museums. “I made a career choice very early in my life, and I feel really blessed,” Louise says.

Louise earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Studio Art from Clark University, and then went on to get a master’s degree in museology, the profession of museum management and organization, from Syracuse University. Her first position was at the Atlanta History Center, where she learned about developing history-based exhibitions.  She then served as executive director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for 18 years. These experiences prepared her for a 20-year career as the CDC Museum’s curator. Louise says it took her a few years to fully comprehend CDC, but she thanks the late Dr. Sencer for helping her do so.

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).

Lisa Simms-Booth

With deep roots in community activism and social justice, Lisa found herself unwittingly becoming a patient advocate when her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003. Navigating her mother’s complex cancer journey drove her to commit to improving this experience for other families going through a similar path. Lisa channeled this sense of purpose in the leadership roles she played at the Milken Institute’s FasterCures center and at the Biden Cancer Initiative which focused on improving the cancer journey. Today, Lisa continues to advocate for cancer patients and their families as the executive director for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, the only independent, non-profit organization providing holistic, innovative health services in Washington, DC. Founded in 1996, Smith Center’s mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes for those affected by cancer. Smith Center’s work is based on a single profound idea: that everyone harbors the innate ability to heal, even in the face of life’s most serious challenges.

Lisa is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Michigan State University and currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.

Jennifer Wilcox

Jennifer Wilcox is Principal and founder of Cotter/Wilcox, LLC, and has more than 20 years of experience in the association and non-profit communities. She has successfully led large-scale change management processes focused on technology implementation, new product development, leadership development, customer service and brand repositioning and management. She has taught membership development courses at the University of Maryland and facilitated retreats for associations and not-for-profit groups. Jennifer also serves as the Director of Education for The Center for Health Design.