NOAH Founding Members

Sustaining Founding Member

Houston Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine

Houston Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine embraces the broadest potential of an arts and medicine relationship. The Center supports world class specialized health care and wellness education of the highest quality for performing and visual artists; the integration of the fine arts into the hospital environment through over 100 performances a year as part of the Margaret Alkek Williams Crain Garden Performances Series, a CPAM Hospital TV channel, Visual Art exhibits, and Music in Practice patient tours; and collaborative research and clinical Music Therapy divisions that seek to harness the broadest potential of the arts in therapy, rehabilitation and human performance.

CPAM was recently honored by the Americans for the Arts as a BCA 10 honoree for 2017, a recognition of businesses supporting to the arts in their communities. CPAM has contributed to a wide range of publications and studies in the field of arts, education, and medicine ranging from music therapy for special needs children, to unique music listening applications in stroke and traumatic brain injury recovery, to the relationship of music theory and history of pipe organ construction to the resultant vibrations and resonating harmony of a continuous flow dual pump total artificial heart.

Most recently, CPAM is proud to have sponsored the September 2017 publication of the white paper, “Arts, Health and Well-being in America.”

6565 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030
Contact Name: Shay Thornton Kulha
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Diamond Founding Members

J. Todd Frazier

Jefferson Todd Frazier is a composer and System Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, recipient of the 2017 BCA 10 Award from Americans for the Arts, recognizing the best businesses partnering with the arts in America.

He is President of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) and Founder of American Festival for the Arts (AFA), Co-Founder of Houston Arts Partners, and a previous Executive Director of AFA and Young Audiences of Houston. He is a graduate of the Wilhelm Schole International and received his undergraduate and graduate training in composition from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and The Juilliard School in New York, NY.

Frazier believes the arts offer a unique and dynamic common denominator in strategic collaboration that inspires innovation and transformation, while keeping us firmly in tune with our humanity. He has spent 25+ years forging and supporting research, education and accessibility collaborations between the K-12 Education, University, Texas Medical Center, and Arts and Culture communities throughout the nation. As a composer, his love for history inspires many of his works including We Hold These Truths, premiered at the Kennedy Center by the National Symphony Orchestra with soprano Renee Fleming and conductor Christoph Eschenbach and University of Virginia Suite, premiered at the University of Virginia on October 6th, 2017 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of the school by Thomas Jefferson.

In 2016 Frazier was awarded the Luminary Award from the Eastman School of Music “recognizing individuals who have given extraordinary service to music and the arts at the community and national levels” and on the occasion of the Juilliard School’s 100th anniversary in 2006, Frazier was recognized as one of 100 distinguished alumni and profiled in the Juilliard Journal’s “A Quiet Revolution: Juilliard Alumni and The Transformation of Education in America Through the Arts.”

6565 Fannin Street, Houston, TX  77030
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Penn State Hershey Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and Center Stage Arts in Health

The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine cultivates empathy and compassion in healthcare. A team of staff and volunteers strive to create an environment that integrates the healing power of art, music and creativity at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pa. In an effort to nourish well-being through the arts, programs are hosted through the College of Medicine Humanities Department’s “Center Stage.”

“With the help of organizations like NOAH, we are seeing a convergence of the arts and healthcare across the nation. We are committed to harnessing this energy and cultivating it through Kienle and Center Stage,” says Director Claire de Boer.

Over the past decade, programs have ignited a number of arts-based initiatives, some of which have spurred research projects to investigate and quantify the impact of the arts.

At Penn State Health, professional musicians play cheerful and reflective music in clinical and family areas. Vetted pianists perform soothing and uplifting melodies in lobbies and waiting areas. Summer lunchtime concerts in an outdoor courtyard feature local professional ensembles including jazz and classical music.

Center Stage staff visits patients when they are admitted to the hospital. Patients have the opportunity to view a portfolio of work by regional artists and choose artwork that hangs in their room. Center Stage also has an artist on staff to create mural paintings throughout the hospital.

A Public Art Committee commissions art designed to enhance and inspire the whole community. Community art organizations display their work through rotating art exhibits. Employees and students have opportunities to share art in a gallery or on the performance stage. They also attend guided tours of a superb art museum, dinner concerts in a hospital lecture hall, and art-making workshops taught by professional artists.

Penn State Health’s support aims to establish a tangible connection between humanities and medicine.

500 University Drive MC H134, Hershey, PA 17033
Contact Name: Claire de Boer, Director
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The Hamilton Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation

Barbara Steinhaus, DMA, C-AIM

Barbara Steinhaus , a native of Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in Georgia where she won honors, scholarships, and degrees: a Bachelors of Music from Georgia State University, a Masters of Music from the 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 Manhattan School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Syracuse University.

In 2014, she returned to school earning a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida. Steinhaus has an initiative in arts and health care at Brenau University serving both fine arts and health science majors, all the while maintaining a bedside musician practice in area hospitals. As a founding member of the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Arts in Health, Steinhaus serves as secretary and works as a team player to nurture the professional stature of the profession and to broaden the national conversation about how the arts compliment traditional medicine, wellness, and population health initiatives.

Brenau University, 500 Washington St SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
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Stanford Arts Vermillion

West Cancer Center

Located in the Southeastern United States and serving more than 35,000 individuals each year, West Cancer Center is the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our mission is to provide the highest quality cancer care and clinical research throughout our patients’ cancer journey, while respecting their quality of life – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our vision is to continually innovate, research and educate in order to advance the highest quality, compassionate, patient-centered and personalized cancer care.

West Cancer Center believes the atmosphere and environment our patients receive care and treatment can be as vital in their journey as their clinical treatment. As a result, we have designed many of our locations with an arts focus. For example, the conscious design and custom art collection at our East Campus was mindfully created and curated to help soothe, heal, and uplift each time someone walks through our doors. Likewise, we often invite artists and musicians from throughout the community to energize and support our patients, families, and staff through the arts.

Creative and healing arts continue to be at the forefront of our priorities as we expand our services through the West Cancer Center’s Integrative Oncology Program. Our primary goal is to holistically impact the lives of individuals through creative, inspiring, and innovative offerings. An array of individual and group experiences, dedicated exhibit space, evaluation and research guide our arts in health initiatives. Art therapy is among the full line of integrative services that will be offered to assist our West Cancer Center community discover strengths, instill hope, and channel courage.

7945 Wolf River Blvd, Germantown, TN 38138
Contact Name: Sylvia Richey, MD, Director of Integrative Oncology
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Gold Founding Members

Atlantic Health System
Healing Arts Program

The arts are an essential component to health, healing and well-being. The Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System provides opportunities to experience health and well-being by bringing literary, performing and visual arts to our patients, staff and the communities we serve.

They aim to:

  • Enhance the healing culture of our facilities through the arts,
  • Facilitate and encourage participation in the healing arts for those who are ill and their caregivers,
  • Support and advance research exploring the benefits and role of the arts in health, healing and well-being, and
  • Embrace and foster artistic collaborations within Atlantic Health System and through community partnerships.

475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07962-1905
Contact Name: Maria Lupo, MFA, MA, ATR-BC
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Tom Burrows

University of Kentucky Healthcare

University of Houston
Honors College

Silver Founding Members

Aesthetics, Inc.

Arts for the Aging, Inc.

Celebrating 30 years in 2018, Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA) was founded after a study showing improved moods and behaviors in people with Alzheimer’s disease involved in art­making. Now, AFTA is a nationally-recognized social service organization serving Greater Washington D.C., engaging older adults and care partners in health improvement and life enhancement through regular participation in the arts. AFTA’s therapeutic interventions focus especially on those experiencing aging-related physical and cognitive impairments, and can include trainings for practitioners in our structured improvisation methods. Workshops are customized from a curriculum of healing movement, drawing, painting, music, art history, creative writing, storytelling, expressive arts, poetry, dance, musical theatre, collage/mixed media, theatrical improvisation, museum outings and intergenerational workshops. An experienced artistic faculty is grounded in diverse specialties, trained in our best-practices, and competitively supported to facilitate group workshops in community and residential care settings: adult day centers, community centers, senior centers, low-income housing centers, assisted living communities, nursing homes, and with museums and cultural institutions. The self-expression and socialization we ignite brings accessible and uplifting ways to cope with changing abilities that come with aging—sparking memory and imagination; spreading joy and combating isolation.

12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact Name: Janine Tursini, CEO
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Arts & Health at Duke

Arts & Health at Duke, founded in 1978, was one of the first and most comprehensive hospital-based arts programs in the country. Celebrating our 40th year in 2018, our mission is to enrich and support the healthcare environment by providing quality literary, performing and visual arts programming to Duke University Hospital patients and those who care for them. The department’s artists manage more than 4,000 works of art in the hospital’s permanent art collection, curate rotating exhibits by regional artists in hospital gallery spaces, and provide live music and other arts experiences to patients throughout the hospital and hospital based clinics.

Arts & Health at Duke, Duke University Hospital, 200 Trent Drive, #295 Baker House, Durham, NC 27710 or P.O. Box 3017, DUMC, Durham, NC 27710
Contact Name: Sharon Swanson, MFA, MPA
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Arts in Medicine Programs at the University of Florida

For over 25 years, UF Health and the University of Florida have partnered to develop and grow an innovative program that sees the arts as a catalyst to healing. Through patient care, education, research and community outreach, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and the UF Center for Arts in Medicine have pioneered innovative opportunities for understanding our own capacity for wellbeing through creativity.

The UF Center for Arts in Medicine trains future practitioners and leaders through education, and provides critical data to the field through research. UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine delivers the arts to those struggling with illness and injury though professional artists practice in health and community settings.

Arts in Medicine Programs at the University of Florida
PO BOX 100326, Gainesville FL 32610
Contact Name: Ferol Carytsas
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Arts on Call

Cam Busch

Cam Bush is the Owner of Art Therapy Consults and Studio in Chattanooga, TN. She is committed to the value of utilizing art in healing and wellness with children, adults and geriatrics with physical and emotional challenges and life adjustment disorders.

Busch is a 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.

She is a licensed, registered and board certified art therapist, a retired licensed, registered and board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, and an exhibiting artist and photographer. Busch has also served as a National Arts in Healthcare Consultant, and received a NEA/SAH Leadership Initiative Grant in 2001.

She is a benefactor of the arts in healthcare through elected voluntary board and committee service local, national and international.  These include the 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 ( Charleston, SC ) and Sculpture Fields at Montague Park.

Art Therapy Consults and Studio
4116 Obar Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Gifts of Art Program at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan

Established in 1986, the Gifts of Art Program brings the world of art & music to patients, families, visitors, faculty, students and staff at the University of Michigan’s multi-hospital medical center. It is one of the first and most comprehensive arts in medicine programs nationwide, has been recognized as a model program by the National Endowment for the Arts, and is an inspiration for many hospitals, both in the US and abroad.

Serving 1,000+ inpatient beds, a staff of 26,000, and outpatient visits of well over 2 million annually, Gifts of Art’s key programs include: nine galleries of changing exhibits; the Art Cart program (a lending library of framed art for patient rooms); a bedside art making program; a permanent art collection; an annual Employee Art Exhibition; weekly public concerts; live music bedside and in waiting areas; a full medical center orchestra (Life Sciences Orchestra); Story Studio at the bedside; the Friends Meditation Garden; plus lectures, special events, university partnerships in education, visual and performing arts, and community collaborations. Gifts of Art leads hospital-wide permanent art making projects such as the stunning 16 foot “Dragon of Wishes, Hopes and Dreams,” incorporating the work of 2,000 patients, visitors and staff.

NI-5E06, 300 N. Ingalls, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Contact Name: Elaine Sims
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Inspire Arts

JourneyPATH Institute

JourneyPath Institute is a global learning community that promotes integrative depth work, transformative process and expressive arts to support healing, wholeness and expansion.

Their programs and classes incorporate a unique blend of Jungian and Arts based approaches. They weave depth work, narrative coaching, expressive arts and experiential learning to offer distinctive adult learning opportunities for those seeking a non-pathologizing approach to deep healing and aligned wholeness.
Programs such as the Creative Depth Coaching Certification are designed to complement a variety of professional fields with principles of wisdom, self-discovery, empowerment and healing. In the face of challenge and life-altering circumstances, clients explore their own material of life. They will engage grief, loss, depth, identity and discovery in the context of a journey or series of stories. We as humans are always expanding experience, activating new perspective and finding clarity through restorative healing. Professionals, deep thinkers, healers, teaching artists and seekers also yearn for this type of inner exploration to awaken, expand and fuel their practice, purpose and passion.
Extended educational opportunities for general interest, facilitator and advanced coach training, all are intended to build on one’s own innate wisdom. Experience advanced insight in the fields of arts-based healing, applied coaching tools, wellness practice, embodied experience, art as ritual and transformative process.
JourneyPath Institute offers global programs at all levels to enhance one’s understanding of blended process, expressive arts, experiential learning and applied practice that can support personal growth and professional advancement.

Contact Name: Cat Caracelo, Founder
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Lynn Kable

Kentucky Center for the Arts

Sing for Hope

Since 2006, Sing for Hope’s arts outreach programs have brought hope and inspiration to thousands of individuals in under-resourced schools, hospitals, hospices, veterans’ centers, after-school programs, neighborhood centers, nursing homes, and disability networks. To date, Sing for Hope has partnered with over 250 nonprofit organizations, involved over 3,500 artists in community volunteerism, and placed over 400 artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces for everyone to play – a symbol and celebration of art for all.

575 8th Avenue, Suite 1812, New York NY 10018
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Contact Name: Monica Yunus
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Stanford Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital

The Periwinkle Foundation

Wilkins Art Associates, Inc.

Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston

Now in its 61st year, Young Audiences of Houston implements over 3,798 programs each year with over 126 talented artists that reach over 243,910 students and teachers annually at schools, libraries, community centers, and hospitals with limited programming for college and adult continuing education programs, Young Audiences of Houston primarily serves children Pre-K through the 12th grade within the boundaries of the 51 greater Houston area school districts, including counties of Montgomery, Liberty, Walker, Brazoria, Matagorda, Fort Bend, and Galveston. Young Audiences of Houston is the managing partner for Houston Arts Partners, a collaborative partnership between area school districts and arts/cultural organizations.
They are at the forefront of arts education in Houston, pursuing equitable access to the arts through systems change efforts, sharing our expertise, and supporting programs and resources to our communities most in need across the greater Houston region.

550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027
Contact Name: Mary Curry Mettenbrink
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