Announcing 2018 NOAH Conference Dates!

We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2018 conference! The event will take place in Austin, Texas, in partnership with the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, from October 8-10. Plans are also underway for a special Arts in Health pre-conference workshop on Sunday, October 7.


More details coming soon!

NOAH Board Committees





Membership and Development



NOAH members holding an individual or organizational membership are eligible to work with NOAH committees. Any individual interested in the opportunity to participate in NOAH committee work may contact the NOAH Administrator at, who will share committee goals and processes. Participation in a committee is dependent on the committee’s needs, and any personnel decisions will be made by the committee chair.

The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Healthcare and Creative Aging 2018 Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30, 2018


This week-long training, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs,  will focus on the role of the arts in healthcare and creative aging, providing theoretical and didactic approaches to implementing and sustaining high-quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving people living with illness and older adults across the aging spectrum. Artists, as well as arts, nursing home and hospital administrators will be given everything they need to create “best practice” arts programming in community and senior centers, hospital, healthcare, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, along with rehabilitation, palliative and hospice settings. Founded in 1994,  The Creative Center at University Settlement has been training artists and administrators from across the US since 2002 to replicate our model in a variety of healthcare settings using the unique training program featured in our book, Artists in Residence: The Creative Center’s Approach to Arts in Healthcare.

Presentations, workshops and site visits, led by national leaders in the field of arts and aging, will include:

  • Getting Old: The Aging Body, Mind and Soul
  • A New Perspective on Dementia
  • Crafting Careers in Arts-in-Healthcare and Creative Aging
  • Meet Me at MoMA: The Alzheimer’s Project at The Museum of Modern Art
  • Older Professional Artists: A Model for Society
  • Opening Minds Through Art: an intergenerational program
  • Sustaining Arts in Health Programming: from “Friendraising” to “Fundraising”
  • Creative Aging and Arts in Healthcare: The Current “State” of the Field

For online application, visit our homepage, or email Applications must be received by Friday, December 29, 2017. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Fees: $350 per selected participant. Artists/administrators working in NYC (Su Casa, Senior Centers, or any NYC facility) may apply for the discounted rate of $250.  Lunch and all supplies included each day. Lodging and transportation to and from NYC not included. For information, please call 646-465-5313 or


Support for The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Healthcare and Creative Aging comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.              646-465-5313/5314

NOAH 2017 Arts in Health Conference Proceedings

Below are the conference presentations released by the 2017 presenters at the inaugural NOAH Arts in Health Conference. Presentations with information pending publication were withheld at the request of the presenters.

Arts in Health: Philanthropy

Report from Grantmakers for the Arts’ Thought Leaders Forum on Arts in Medicine

Resources on Arts in Health from Grantmakers in the Arts

Arts in Health: Performances and Healing Spaces

Creating a Healing Space: Auditory and Visual Beautification of an Inpatient Acute Psychiatry Unit

The Aesthetics of Film Scoring as a Life-Generative Art Form: Harnessing the Power of Music to Enhance our Humanity in Healthcare

Arts in Health: Research

Measuring Health Outcomes: The Creative Arts Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

Arts in Health: Program Models 

A New Challenge to Arts in Healthcare Programs at the University of Michigan Health System: Success!

Building the Toolbox

Arts in Health: Creative Arts Therapies 

Creative Arts in Practice

Technologies and Arts Therapy: Creative Interventions for Neurological Disorders

Arts in Health: Arts in the Military

A Portfolio of Caring Through the Arts: Creative Services Offered by ArtStream’s Artists-in-Residence Team in the USA’s Largest Military Medical Center

The NEA Creative Forces Telehealth Project: Using Video-Based Technologies to Bridge the Gap Between Clinical and Community Based Arts Programs for Service Members Across the Military Treatment Continuum

Arts in Health: Innovation in Educational Programs

Applied Arts and Social Justice: A Partnership for the 21st Century

Engaging Learners in Arts in Health Education in Traditional and Online Environments

Arts in Health: Design

Art with Intent in Hospitals

Seven Year Journey – The Art Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Best Practices in Interactive and Technology-based Art

Arts in Health Research Intensive at the University of Florida January 29 – February 2, 2018

Presented by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and the Arts Health Early Career Research Network

The Arts in Health Research Intensive is designed to provide a rich introduction to the field of arts in health and fundamentals in evaluation and research. Across five days, participants will:

  • explore the development and scope of the field
  • consider the physiological, social and behavioural impacts of the arts in a health context
  • analyse research and evaluation methodologies that underpin the field
  • learn about practicalities, issues and methods in arts in health research
  • engage in group-based discussions, program and protocol development, and presentation

This course is suitable for anyone with a background or interest in the arts, healthcare, community health or social care, and research, and who wishes to learn more about the field and meet others who share their interests. No research experience is necessary, and all levels of experience are welcome.

The program includes one week of on-site programming at the University of Florida and a set of online modules designed to be completed prior to the program.

Program Faculty:

Dr. Daisy Fancourt, University College London, UK; Director, Arts Health Early Career Research Network

Dr. Judy Rollins, Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida; College of Medicine, Georgetown University

Jill Sonke, Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida


Partial scholarships, based on merit and financial need, are available. Scholarship awards typically range between 20% – 50% of the program fee. Applications are due October 16, 2017. Click here to download the scholarship application.

For more information visit the event site here.

Ambassador Interview: Jill Sonke

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:

Jill Sonke, MA, PhD candidate in Arts and Public Health

Your Occupations: Director, University of Florida Arts in Medicine; Director, UF Health Arts in Medicine

Your website:

Describe a typical work day:

A typical day involves a dynamic blend of administration, research, teaching, and support of faculty and staff. I work across campus and the hospital, so it also involves lots of biking up and down the hill! I spend lots of time with faculty, students, and clinical and research partners.

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

Early in my life, I was headed towards a career in medicine, and then I started dancing and took a sharp turn down that road. After dancing professionally in New York for 5 years, I came to Gainesville, Florida for what I thought would be a short time. The program at Shands was just starting, and I was so excited about this opportunity. I became an artist in residence, and was also teaching dance at the University of Florida. This gave me the opportunity to start thinking about developing coursework, and how my roles at the hospital and the University could relate to one another.

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

My first experience with a conference in the field was one that we hosted here in Gainesville in 1995. It was thrilling at that time to see that a professional field was developing, and to learn that despite our feelings of isolation, many people were having the same ideas that we were. When I did go to my first SAH conference, it was an even greater experience of the same kind to see not only people from the United States, but other countries developing really grounded and well-rounded programs. That first conference felt like finding my people; it was an opportunity to share enthusiasm and discovery and intention. It was so exciting and important.

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

I would say that right now, I’m very excited about our arts in community health and public health work. I’m really thinking about the arts and how they work with health communication. I’m particularly intrigued by that. I also am deeply engaged with and excited by education in our discipline. The field and programs are at a point where we can think about foundational theory and scope of practice, and we are now poised to really advance professionalism in the field.

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

Definitely connect with NOAH! It’s so important to be a part of a community and network. Really look at the resources that are now available in the field related to education and training opportunities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to others for advice. There’s certainly lots of room for creativity and innovation, but we’re also at the point where we don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

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

Yes, I’m absolutely attending the conference. I’m most excited about reconnecting with the field and feeling the tangible energy of our professional community.

Institute for Palliative Care Course: Healing Through Art: Train the Trainer

This six-week course begins September 6, 2017 and registration is currently open.

For more information, please consult the link below.