16th Annual Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive at the University of Florida: July 10-21, 2017

16th Annual Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive at the University of Florida: July 10-21, 2017

The Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive is designed to meet the needs of students and professionals at all levels of experience. The program includes two weeks of on-site programming at the University of Florida and a set of online modules designed to be completed prior to the program. Online Registration is open now!  Please click here for more information: http://arts.ufl.edu/academics/center-for-arts-in-medicine/programs/professional-development-internships/uf-gainesville/ 


Ambassador Interview: Marlene Alexander

NOAH has recruited a select group of leaders and pioneers in the field of Arts in Health to serve as Ambassadors for NOAH. These Ambassadors represent NOAH to the field of Arts in Health in the United States and to their local networks, and serve as an outside advisory group to the NOAH board. These individuals have shaped the field of Arts in Health and continue to display extraordinary dedication to its growth and success. We are grateful for their support!

Over the next several months we will be publishing profiles on each of these notable individuals, many of whom you can meet and network with at our conference this September.


Your name and qualifications:

Marlene Moore Alexander; B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the Kansas City Arts Institute and School of Design; Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida

Your occupation(s):

Teacher, owner of Creative Arts (children’s art school), painter, arts coordinator for Partners in Care (hospice), musician

Is there a website for your program?


Describe a typical work day:

I founded the Arts in the Hospital program at St. Charles Medical Center in 1990 and became the hospital’s Arts Coordinator. I worked at the hospital 4 days a week, and started each day by checking with each floor’s head nurse to see which patients might need my expertise. I would then take my newly created ‘art cart ‘and visit the patients on each floor. I created two galleries within the hospital, and another area health center as well.  I selected all the art for the hospital’s walls, patient rooms, and spent much of my time working with quadriplegics and paraplegics in rehab teaching them to paint. I designed the easels for the quadriplegics. In 2008, I took my expertise to Partners in Care (hospice) and created the Arts in Care Program which includes a rotating gallery called Arts in Care Gallery.

A typical work day for me now includes a variety of jobs. I teach private children’s art classes. I travel with hospice nurses to patients’ homes to bring art to them. I create respite projects for nurses’ aides, social workers and all caregivers at Partners in Care. I teach art to 8 students each day in my studio. I am involved in a variety of arts projects within the community as well, and do my best to get to my painting studio to paint. I am represented in a gallery in Bend, Oregon, where I live and a gallery in Camas, Washington.

How did you become involved in the field of Arts in Health?

In 1989, I began doing art with a cancer support group at our local hospital. I would finish a workday of teaching children art and then head to the hospital to work with the group which included cancer patients, their spouses, and children. That year, I heard about a group of people that were going to meet in The Dalles, Oregon, to review the first Planetree model at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Since I lived in Oregon I was very interested as well, so I went to The Dalles and met with the greatest group of people ever! Janice Palmer, Sally Bailey and John Graham Pole took me under their wings and from that moment forward I knew I was passionate about the healing arts and what each person in the group was doing. We were all doing much of the same work in hospitals so we had immediate connections and support. The SAH conferences began and I have only missed two in all of these years.  I was so motivated to continue in this field and was continually encouraged by Janice and Sally with whom I connected.  They motivated me to keep doing what I was doing!!

Could you describe your first encounter with an Arts in Health conference or event? Any meaningful experiences that you’d like to share?

The first conference I attended drew me into this field in the most positive way. Early conferences had sessions that were so meaningful to me as an artist. Most of the early sessions had demonstrations of projects which one could participate in and take the project and ideas back to their place of work. Being a visual artist I was so impressed with the projects that were then presented. I do believe that the biggest draw for me were the “hands on” projects and discussions in the groups about how these projects made a positive difference with patients and caregivers.

What aspect of your Arts in Health work resonates the most with you?

What resonates most with me in this field is seeing a patient improve from their participation.  Knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life, for however long it lasts, is one of the biggest rewards anyone can receive.

What advice would you give to someone planning to enter the field of Arts in Health as a professional?

My advice to someone entering the field of Arts in Health as a professional is to pay attention to boundaries. Make sure that you include the ones important in your institution of your work, and develop their support early on.

Are you planning on attending NOAH’s inaugural Arts in Health conference this September? If so, what are you most looking forward to?

I am planning on attending NOAH’s inaugural Arts in Health conference.  I am looking SUPER forward to seeing many of the people I have worked with as a member of SAH and the Global Alliance and the board members I served on the board with for 8 years.  I am also looking forward to seeing if there are any NEW ideas being introduced that we have not been aware of all these years.



NOAH Welcomes National and International Affiliate Members

The National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH) is proud to invite members of any Regional or International Arts in Health Organization, or Regional, National or International Creative Arts Therapy Organization, to join NOAH as an affiliate member at a 20% discount rate on all membership categories.

In addition, NOAH is pleased to extend an invitation to members of International Arts and Health or Creative Arts Therapy organizations living outside of the United States to attend its 2017 Inaugural Conference at the NOAH membership rate. To register for the conference, please contact director@thenoah.net to receive an international registration code. A valid membership ID from your organization will need to be presented.


Registration is now open for NOAH’s Arts in Health track at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE) conference in Austin, Texas from September 18-20, 2017.

The HFSE is hosting all registration for this event. Following the link below will take you to their registration site. Please select the “NOAH Pass” to register for the Arts in Health track. NOAH members will have access to a personalized VIP Code that will allow them to check out at the member rate.

A NOAH pass includes access to the Arts in Health track, 2 days of the Exposition, all keynotes, Educational Theaters, food functions including receptions and access to HFSE’s mobile App including the Online Presentation.

While NOAH’s ability to provide scholarships is limited, we will do as much as we can to assist you if there is a financial barrier to attending the conference. Please contact NOAH at director@thenoah.net to request a scholarship application before registering for the conference track if you are interested. The deadline for scholarship application submissions is Friday, July 21.

Proceed to the HFSE Registration

Travel and Accommodation Information for NOAH’s Arts in Health Conference

Travel and Accommodation Information for NOAH’s Inaugural Arts in Health Conference in Partnership with the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Austin, Texas, from September 18-20

Information from the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE) website:


Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

September 18 – 20th 2017

Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
300 East 4th Street, Austin Texas, 78701



Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – AUS
Airport Phone: +1 512 530 2242
Hotel direction: 8 miles NW

  • Super Shuttle; fee: $13 (one way); reservation required
  • Bus service, fee: $1.50 (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: $30 (one way)


  • On-site parking, fee: $29 daily
  • Valet parking, fee: $35 daily

More transportation information


HSFE Conference Recommended:

Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Symposium Rate: $259+ tax / night
Symposium Rate is available 9/15/17 through 9/23/17.

Reserve Now:
Call: 512-482-8000 and press 1 for reservations

Don’t forget to mention Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo!
Symposium Rate Expires: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Courtyard Austin Downtown | Convention Center

300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Symposium Rate: $209+ tax / night
Symposium Rate is available 9/15/17 through 9/23/17.

Reserve Now:
Call: 800-321-2211 or 512-236-8008

Don’t forget to mention Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo!
Symposium Rate Expires: Thursday, August 24, 2017



LaQuinta Inn Austin Capitol

0.7 miles from Convention Center

Rates from $179/night

Call: 1-512-476-1166

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown – University

0.7 miles from Convention Center

Rates from $207/night

Call: 1-855-239-9222

Super 8 Austin Downtown Area

0.9 miles from Convention Center

Rates from $80/night

Call: 1-512-472-8331

On Airbnb, the following rentals are within walking distance of the Convention Center. More lodging is available.

  1. Luxury 3bd/2ba + oversized loft $428/night, sleeps 7/3 beds
  2. Contemporary 2BR/2BA Dwntwn ATX Condo + Parking $277/night, sleeps 4/2 beds
  3. Hip Downtown Austin Condo with Pool $210/night, sleeps 4/1 bed
  4. Perfect Location in ❤️ of Downtown ATX! $167/night, sleeps 6/3 beds
  5. Licensed Downtown 2bed/2bath! WalkScore99+Parking! $258/night, sleeps 6/2 beds
  6. Downtown Convention Center – Close to Everything $269/night, sleeps 6/5 beds
  7. DOWNTOWN 4TH ST CONVENTION CENTER $155/night, sleeps 4/2 beds
  8. Amazing Downtown Austin $799/night, sleeps 8/6 bed
  9. Walk to 6th St and Convention Ctr $95/night Sleeps 3, 2 beds
  10. The Convention Center’s Grand Loft $349/night, sleeps 10, 4 beds + air mattresses



Arts in Health Research Resources

NOAH is working to develop a research database for the field of Arts in Health that will allow keyword and category searches, and offer guidance and information on the types of research found. Research will be categorized in areas such as:

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Peer-Reviewed
  • Use of a Control Group
  • Multi-Site
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Blinded study

NOAH’s goal is to find areas of need and to support rigorous research-based construction of studies and resources for professionals and programs in the field.

We appreciate your patience while this database is being built, and invite you to explore the below resources for your research efforts.

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Resources:



American Art Therapy Association: http://arttherapy.org/aata-resources/

American Music Therapy Association: http://www.musictherapy.org/research/pubs/

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association: http://www.ieata.org/creative-arts-resources.html

The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health: https://www.arts.gov/publications/national-endowment-arts-guide-community-engaged-research-arts-and-health

PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/

University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine Research Database: http://arts.ufl.edu/academics/center-for-arts-in-medicine/research-database/

White Paper: Talking About Arts in Health http://arts.ufl.edu/academics/center-for-arts-in-medicine/resources/talking-about-arts-in-health/

International Neurosciences and Music Conference in Boston, MA

The Mariani Foundation for Paediatric Neurology announces The Neurosciences and Music – VI, an International conference to be held in Boston, USA, from 15 to 18 June, 2017. The central theme of “The Neurosciences and Music – VI” is Music, Sound and Health. The programme will include Keynote Lectures, Symposia, Poster Sessions, and a Pre-conference Workshop, to be held on the afternoon of 15 June 2017. The meeting will be of interest to neuroscientists, psychologists, clinicians and professionals in the medical field, therapists, educators, musicians, musicologists, and students in each of these fields.

The highly successful series “The Neurosciences and Music” was introduced in New York in 2000, with meetings in Venice (2002, in partnership with International School of Neurological Sciences), Leipzig (2005, with Max Planck Institute), Montreal (2008 with BRAMS, Brain and Music Research), Edinburgh (2011, with IMHSD – Institute for Music in Human and Social Development) and Dijon (2014, with Université de Bourgogne, Municipality of Dijon and Université de Lyon in cooperation with EBRAMUS “Initial Training Network”). All these conferences have led to publications in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Registration is available at a reduced rate through March 31st and is open until June 8. For more information or to register, please click here.

University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine announces online course Summer 2017

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine will offer The Art of Self Care for 8 weeks this summer. The graduate level, online course begins April 24 and runs through June 16.

Taught by Center for Arts in Medicine instructors, Heather Spooner (http://arts.ufl.edu/directory/profile/39245) and Gavin Clayton, this experiential course provides a personal exploration of the art of self-care. The course takes a multidimensional approach to self-care in which students learn concepts in self-care while engaging in immersive arts experiences to revitalize themselves both professionally and personally.

To register or for more information, please contact Eleanor Sommer, CAM academic programs advisor, esommer@arts.ufl.edu.

Arts in Health California Conference at UCSF Mission Bay March 18, 2017

We invite you to join us for Arts in Health California’s Second Annual Conference at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We are very excited about this conference and are inviting a variety of presenters, including writers, artists, musicians, dancers and singers, physicians, medical students and patients.
You will learn about our new UCSF at Mission Bay Hospital both as a healing environment and an art destination, the award-winning UCSF Art for Recovery Program, and the conference will include presentations by:

  • Tucker Nichols, a professional artist who will share his own health story and his Mission Bay art commission
  • Patients sharing their personal stories about coping with illness through the creation of art
  • Art-atomy – UCSF Medical Students participating in the UCSF Art for Recovery elective
  • Art of the Athlete, U. of Oregon – a 4-week intensive summer course with sports players building upon self-reflection and learning strategies through visual arts
  • David Watts, M.D., physician and published writer, poet, jazz musician, NPR commentator who writes essays and lectures on the subject of humanism in medicine
  • Ned Buskirk, You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes – bringing people creatively into the conversation of death and dying while helping to inspire and empower them
  • Vania Deonizio, Dancin’ Power – teaches interactive dance classes for free to hospitalized children
  • Afro-Cuban San Francisco State University Ensemble
  • Art of Health and Healing of Contra Costa Health Services bringing a wide range of arts program, including Stress Relief Through the Arts
  • Musicians in Healthcare
  • Arts in Health California & National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)
    We will be offering 15 to 30 minute presentations throughout the conference with an opportunity to have lunch and network while participating in art experiences. We hope that you will take home inspiring ideas to spin off into action in your community.

Healing with the Arts: Free 6-week Online Arts Course Begins February 6th 2017

For many years Mary Rockwood Lane and Michael Samuels, M.D. have taught art and healing courses at undergraduate and graduate level. For years they have watched as their students undergo major life transformations and healing as they heal themselves from sexual abuse, unresolved grieving, illnesses as well as heal family members, relationships, community and the earth.

This course will now be delivered as a free online 6-week program — offered by Mary Rockwood Lane via the University of Florida.

This is new concept in education. By making art, a caring, loving community is formed and students can share and heal deeply personal and deeply important things that may have never been addressed in their lives. It is such a new experience; online education without judgment, in a loving, caring, sacred space. It is a new kind of university online distance education, using art (visual arts, music, dance and word) to heal yourself, others, community and the earth.


The 6-week online program will use teachings, guided imagery exercises and art projects to help you heal whatever needs to be healed in your life. With art, you can heal your darkness or the darkness of our world.

Everyone can use this program: to heal yourself, to use with an artist-healer in a program, or as part of art therapy with a trained art therapist. If you already consider yourself an artist or healer, we’ll show you how to go deeper into your creativity or healing with personal introspection on emotional, intellectual, and spiritual levels with a mind to show you how the two worlds are naturally linked and how the artist can be the voice and hands of the healer within.