News from our Members: Beth Palmer

An art exhibit in the heart of Research Triangle Park, NC gives contemporary fine artist and NOAH Member Beth Palmer a platform to share about her professional journey in both the arts education and arts in healthcare fields, and how they now intersect in new ways.

Click on the link below to see a series of photos and interview by documentary photojournalist Janine Dominguez-Vasquez. http://janinedominguesvasquez.com/beth-palmer/

 

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In Remembrance of Susan Gray, 1956 – 2018

Susan Gray, project director passed away surrounded by family on August 2, 2018.

Susan started her health care career as an x-ray technologist, caring for patients on a daily basis. As the Director of Radiology Services at Children’s Hospital at Stanford, she was instrumental in creating the expanded imaging services for the new Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital. In recent years, Susan took on the challenge of improving the aesthetics of the hospital environment by acquiring art that would aid in the children’s healing process. She helped pioneer technologies that continue to allow young patients to share in the wonders of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Susan was instrumental in bringing joy to patients, family and friends through the art program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health Specialty clinics. Susan helped organized hospital-wide employee events and she played a role in supporting the opening of the main hospital. When Susan entered a room everyone knew her name. Her spirit, quick wit, strong will and love for life was felt by everyone she touched. Susan’s greatest joy was her three children and she spoke frequently about how proud she was of their accomplishments.  Susan will be missed by all of us.

Friends and family can share memories of Susan’s life at www.cusimanocolonial.com.

To honor Susan’s generous spirit of giving, her family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to a local cause that is close to your heart.

Snow City Arts Adds Three Events to NOAH Calendar

Snow City Arts has been providing arts education and creative inspiration to youth in Chicagoland hospitals for 20 years! Celebrate their 20th anniversary with A Room Without Walls, a year-long series of special events around Chicago.

Each event will represent a discipline in which Snow City Arts works: creative writing, visual arts, teaching artistry, theatre, film, and music. These events offer a unique opportunity to get to know the work of Snow City Arts’ students and Teaching Artists. These events will be partnered with some of the most popular and respected cultural institutions across the City.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

On Friday, September 7, Gallery Night 2018: A Room Without Walls returns to The Ballroom at The School of the Art Institute Chicago, where you’ll view the artwork of students, enjoy an elegant 3-course meal, bid on unique silent auction experiences, and see performances of student work.

On Saturday, October 13, Snow City Arts, in partnership with the Gene Siskel Film Center, will present student films and works of media arts in a one day festival.

On Sunday, December 16, Snow City Arts, in partnership with Schuba’s, will present an exhibition of student musical work performed by local Chicago musicians.

 

Click through the images above for more details.

NOAH Members: make sure you’re adding events to the NOAH Event Calendar too!

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Raw Art Works Seeks Program Director

Raw Art Works (RAW) was founded in 1988 and in 1994 opened a space in Lynn, Massachusetts, with a group of passionate art therapists and resident artists who shared the belief that good things happen when kids feel they are a vital part of a creative community that truly cares. Youth at RAW are welcomed into a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment the moment they step through the door. The relationships they create at RAW sustain and strengthen their ability to navigate a challenging and often unfair world.

Position

The Program Director will oversee the delivery and performance of current programs, including fee-for-service contracts and relationships, in accordance with organizational goals and priorities. Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of leadership team, the Program Director will explore new initiatives for potential program growth, champion and actively participate in the strategic planning process, nurture the high quality of work that the program team produces, recommend improvements as necessary, and regularly celebrate successes.

Roles and Responsibilities

Program Strategy and Advocacy

  • Set organizational priorities and success metrics, partner with teams to set goals aligned to larger organizational priorities, and support the Executive Director in refining the vision and forward direction.
  • Champion and actively participate in the strategic planning process, exploring new initiatives for potential program growth.
  • Serve as a member of and bring impact stories to the leadership team that inform funder communications and support the organization-wide culture of philanthropy.
  • Contribute to annual and other periodic reviews of organizational goals and partner with the development department in the creation of funding proposals and impact reports.
  • Develop and lead community-building events with other agencies and manage outreach initiatives in Lynn and beyond, generated externally or internally, assuring that activities align with RAW priorities.
  • Serve as an ambassador for RAW and communicate programmatic activities and outcomes externally.
  • Embrace other program strategy and advocacy roles, as needed.

Program Delivery and Performance

  • Make high level organizational decisions and establish clear and effective communication at the executive level, across teams, and throughout the program department.
  • Perform annual review of program evaluation process, compile and analyze evaluation findings with staff, and provide recommendations and action plans to adjust program goals and design as necessary.
  • Promote clear expectations for accurate and timely data collection by program team; oversee data collection; and utilize data to analyze key drivers and barriers to program progress and performance.
  • With support from program team, oversee youth application, placement, and waitlist process, including specialized placement-related communication with families, especially for students with special needs.
  • Celebrate successes and recommend changes and course corrections as necessary.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Operations to develop, implement, and monitor the program budget.
  • Embrace other program delivery and performance roles, as needed.
Team Leadership and Mentoring
  • Honor RAW’s culture of consistent, direct, and honest feedback through staff performance management, including overseeing annual goal setting and a review process that addresses performance issues as they arise.
  • Oversee the program management team, providing weekly guidance and maintaining availability to each program team member, as needed.
  • Set standards for quality of work that the program team produces and hold the team accountable to organizational priorities and expected outcomes.
  • Provide leadership development, mentoring, and other opportunities that support the professional development plans of team members.
  • Model core values, manage conflict, and ensure decision clarity.
  • Embrace other team leadership and mentoring roles, as needed.

Click here or more information or to apply.

Submitted by: Danna Solomon, Leadership Transitions & Data Administrator, Arts Consulting Group

Mayo Call for Abstracts

Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine Invites Proposals for 2018 Symposium

Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine Symposium
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida
November 10-11, 2018

The Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine invites proposals for the 5th annual 2018 national symposium, “Education and Research in the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare” to take place at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, November 10-11, 2018. Proposals will be received through July 31, 2018.

For information on the symposium and to submit a proposal to present, please visit the website here. Early bird registration is now open. For abstract submission or registration questions, contact: humanitiesfla@mayo.edu.

Mayo Call for Abstracts

Submitted by: Chrysanthe M. Yates | Program Director | Mayo Clinic Lyndra P. Daniel Center for Humanities in Medicine

Letter from the President

Dear NOAH Members and Friends of Arts in Health,

The decision I am most proud of NOAH for making, at its first board retreat in June of 2016, was to look to the field for guidance and to inform priorities. We spent our first year conducting surveys and focus groups, while celebrating and advocating for the field. We then commissioned the white paper “Arts, Health and Well-Being in America”, released in September 2017 to serve as a grounding on where we are in America and where we need to focus our energy. We’ve used our annual conference, first in September 2017 and coming up in October 2018, as a major focal point for projects to be reported, publications to be released, programs to be profiled and shared, and to “serve and advance the field” with our membership. The concluding recommendations from the white paper have dictated our work and include:

1. Creation of a New National Structure and Strategy for the Arts, Health, and Well-Being Arena to Coalesce:

To realize this recommendation, we are organizing a Leadership Summit, bringing together professionals in human resources, nursing, patient experience, philanthropy, community health, public policy, and research, among other disciplines. Together we will explore challenges and priorities healthcare facilities and communities face and how the arts can be used to enhance health and wellbeing. Our diverse group of stakeholders, representing the broad and diverse leadership charged with making decisions to influence the future of healthcare in America, will review the recommendations contained in the NOAH white paper, identify the strategic next steps we can take to improve accessibility and outcomes across related fields, and draft a strategic plan that can guide the field over the next three to five years.

NOAH Board Vice-Chair Naj Wikoff is leading this effort, which has successfully raised the required funds via support from The Westreich Foundation, Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine, and Kaiser Permanente, and secured a presenting partner in Georgetown University and the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The discussion will be facilitated by Janet Brown, former President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts. Gay Hanna will document the meeting and author a white paper report to be ready for release and discussion during our conference in October.

2. Development of a Meta-Analysis of Existing Research, Programs, and Resources:

This is something NOAH and NOAH’s Research Committee, headed by NOAN Board Member Ferol Carytsas, have dedicated much quality time and effort. We are learning from institutions who have made research a priority, investigating how research journals, libraries, universities, and hospitals facilitate research information, and exploring what institutions have already developed databases, how they work, and how they might be effectively shared. We’ve heard exciting developments from a comprehensive interagency arts in health initiative in Rhode Island which has brought together representatives from their state health agencies, universities, and arts council, to address the impact of the arts on statewide health priorities. We are excited to have them presenting this wonderful model of collaboration and their database of research at our conference in October.

We continue to work on building both open and member-exclusive resources on our NOAH website, and are actively building partnerships that will provide our members and the field a centralized introduction to research, how to utilize, interpret and conduct research, and how to identify where gaps in research exist for the field of Arts in Health. We are happy that Dr. Francois Bethoux, The Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute, is taking a leadership role in the descriptive text and recommendations. We are also pleased there will be sessions on research prominently featured at the October conference.

3. Formation of National Standards, Training, and Certification of Professional Artists, Healthcare Arts Administrators and Healthcare Arts Consultants:

This is a very important area. Right now, most hospitals create their own policies, or rely on policies not specifically designed for arts in health, to manage artists working in environments of care. We are creating a comprehensive policy where I work at Houston Methodist that is being developed in collaboration with our team of music therapists, project specialists in music and visual arts and executive leadership. For the most part, artists in our system contribute in community areas of the hospitals, although we’re developing more and more structured ways for artists to coordinate with music therapists to leverage results, like a recent residency with the Houston Grand Opera in the Psychiatric Clinic with Music Therapists Audry Zybura and Jennifer Townsend, and expanding our community reintegration opportunities for patients of the in-patient rehabilitation clinic with the Ermelinda Cuellar jazz trio and music therapist Jonathan Silbert – attached find a link to a Houston Grand Opera Video made after the residency experience and an image of a recent session with artists and therapists in a public area of the hospital. BUT, I can only speak for how this particular hospital addresses the work of artists in environments of care, and am glad that NOAH is working on coordinating national standards and endorsing further professionalization that all administrators can refer to and feel confident in.

NOAH is looking at what has been done by the previous task forces of the representative national organization, going back to the Society for Arts in Health, and putting dedicated time into fully developing and endorsing a set of professional standards of practice and code of ethics for artists working in health settings. I believe we have done wonderful work in this area through NOAH and NOAH’s Professionalization Committee, headed by NOAH Board Member Ari Albright. NOAH members and representatives of the field will review these items first through a survey in July, so that they can share thoughts and opinions with us before we move to finalize and publish for release at the October Conference.

As an extension to the third recommendation, we are pleased to also be working with a group of experts around the nation and the University of Oregon on an Arts in Healthcare Administrators Handbook, which will be the focus of one of our preconference sessions on October 7.  The conference will also be the launch for the handbook as a whole, which will be a significant tool for the development, professionalization, coordination, and management of arts in health programs. It will offer an update to the 2009 SAH handbook and exist as a living document on the NOAH website. Information in that handbook will also be valuable in contributing to further professionalization efforts planned for artists and administrators working in healthcare.

Finally, in our continued effort “to serve and advance the field of arts in health,” we have established a Regional Network Committee. The first committee meeting was held at the end of June, and I am happy to report that the meeting was attended by representatives of 11 different states. Three groups were chosen to pilot regional networks, which will begin first by conducting regional needs assessments. NOAH is exploring how best to help foster these networks by examining a variety of national network models in and out of the arts. There will be an “ask the expert” and a “breakfast roundtable” session at the conference and NOAH will be reporting regional network progress on its website. This effort is being led by NOAH Board member Dr. Alan Siegel.

Speaking of the NOAH website, we have a new membership platform that allows members to update their profile, add photos, search a national map and directory for other programs, send NOAH their good news and job opportunities, and add events to the national arts in health event calendar.
I hope that you are pleased with NOAH’s progress and the increasing value of NOAH membership, which includes receipt of our regular newsletter, progress reports such as this letter, and much more listed at thenoah.net/membership. I look forward to speaking with you personally at our annual conference in October, which will include our first formal business meeting for NOAH members, and for the latest information on NOAH, sponsorship opportunities, and becoming a member, please visit thenoah.net/ or send an email to Katie White-Swanson at director@thenoah.net.

Sincerely,

Todd

Todd Frazier
Composer

President, National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)

Director, System Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM)
Houston Methodist
jtfrazier@HoustonMethodist.org

Houston Grand Opera Video: Seeking the Human Spirit Music Therapy Residency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39-FDu5IJ-w

Houston CPAM Arts in Health

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Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Launches Newsletter

We love to see the wonderful work happening in arts in health programs across the country.

Click through the image below to read the full newsletter, featuring information about the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities program, the recent Music as Medicine Symposium, new partnerships, and more!

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Boston Children’s Hospital Seeks Art Program Manager

Job description
At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. It’s in discoveries made, processes perfected, and technology advanced through major medical breakthroughs and small acts of kindness. And in colleagues who have your back and patients who have your heart. As the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, our reach is global and our impact is profound.

The Art Program Manager will be responsible for:

    • Planning, installing, and maintaining an art collection for the Hospital. Acquires art and ensures maintenance of collection.
    • Fostering relationships with the arts and humanities resources in the community and state, and incorporating those resources in program development.
    • Developing and recommending budget for annual projects.
      Planning, developing, organizing and overseeing fundraising events on behalf of the art program and the hospital.

To Qualify You Must Have

  • The level of knowledge typically acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Art/Art Administration, and at least three years of previous related experience managing an arts program or related profession with at least one year in a hospital or comparable facility.
  • Knowledge of visual designs in a healthcare environment.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of art conservation and handling.
  • Excellent negotiating and financial management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication abilities
  • The ability to analyze the needs of patients and staff to select art appropriate for area
  • Arts Administration certificate is preferred.

Find more information and apply here.

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UF Health Shands Seeks Service Learning Coordinator

Service Learning Coordinator, Arts in Medicine

Job description:

  • Recruits, interviews, selects, trains and provides appropriate orientation to students, volunteers and interns.
  • Supervises and maintains all program student and volunteer schedules and compliance.
  • Assigns students and volunteers to Arts in Medicine teams and community service organizations.
  • Communicates with UF Health Volunteer Services and UF Center for Arts in Medicine Graduate and Undergraduate advisors on all student volunteer and intern operations.
  • Assists in management of course requirements and evaluates student performance.
  • Manages bi-annual Professional Development Residency program.
  • Manages Arts in Medicine social media and web presence and assists in program development.
  • Supervises Arts in Medicine operations assistant and is responsible for general operation of the Criser Cancer Resource Center.
  • Manages Resource Center budget.
  • Responsible for development and updating of all Criser Cancer Resource Center policies and procedures.

To apply for the job, visit careers.ufl.shands.edu  Job ID# 54921

Announcing our 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker

 

The NOAH 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker is Dr. Daisy Fancourt, Wellcome Research Fellow, Department of Behavioural Science and Health, University College London

Dr. Fancourt specializes in psychoneuroimmunology and epidemiology, exploring the effects of arts and cultural engagement on neuro-immune responses, clinical conditions and population health outcomes. She is Deputy Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health’s Special Interest Group in Arts and Health, Chair of the International Arts Health Early Career Research Network and Co-Director of the UK-Florida Arts Health Research Intensive training program. She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and BBC New Generation Thinker, through which she presents radio and TV programs on arts and science.

Keynote: Cross-Disciplinary Research in Arts and Health 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018  |  4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

This keynote address will explore psychological, physiological, social and behavioral research about the impact of the arts on our health and consider future research directions in the field.

To find more information and to register for our 2018 conference CLICK HERE.

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