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.



Todd Frazier

President, National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)

Director, System Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM)
Houston Methodist

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.

NOAH Members save $100 on conference registration! Become a member today!


Arts Jobs Open at Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine

About Houston Methodist
Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist has earned worldwide recognition. Comprised of a nationally recognized academic medical center and seven community hospitals with a history of health care innovation, Houston Methodist is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation’s leading centers for medical education and research. We have consistently been recognized by several national organizations as one of the nation’s best places to work, including being ranked as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” by Forbes (2017). Houston Methodist directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 2,165 operating beds, over 21,195 employees and more than 5,500 physicians, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.
Job Openings
Coming Soon: Staff Pianist
Do you or your organization have an arts in health job or internship opportunity? Let us know and we’ll be happy to share!

Earn CEUs at the NOAH Conference

We are excited to announce that this year attendees will be able to earn CEUs at the NOAH conference. The Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo offers a Certificate of Completion that attendees can fill out and submit to their professional organizations!

AIA Credits: For Credit: Obtain the AIA CEU form at Registration. Keep track of the sessions you attend by checking the boxes on the form and turn in your form to the information desk at the end of the show. 

IDCEC Credits: For credit: obtain the IDCEC form at the Registration. Have your session(s) stamped by room monitor as you leave each session and then submit your conference card to IDCEC via their website at www.idcec.org.

Certificate of Completion: For a certificate of completion obtain a Generic CEU form at Registration. Have your session(s) stamped by the room monitor as you leave each session and then turn in your form to the information desk at the end of the show. You will be emailed a certificate of completion within 2 weeks of the event.

Please Note: Attendees may earn 16.75 continuing education units by attending one conference session in every time bank offered and a facility tour.

Find more information about our 2018 Conference here.

Arts in health and the UnLonely Project on the Today Show

A great profile on arts in health and the UnLonely Project, a program of the Foundation for Art & Healing on the Today Show on NBC!

NBC Reporter Kate Snow on making art with the UnLonely Project:

“I’m not an artist, but it didn’t matter – there’s something about being creative that brings your emotions forward and taking the time to share it with others was really special.”

Founder Dr. Jeremy Nobel says tells her the arts are powerful at connecting people, and help you recognize who another person is and who you are.

The Unlonely Project’s steps to connect:

  1. Make art
  2. Share that art with someone else
  3. Have the other person receive that art in an active and curious way

See the full video here:


Does Bringing The Arts Into Healthcare Make Business Sense?

NOAH Board President and Director of Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Todd Frazier participated in a panel discussing the the intersection of healthcare and the arts.

An excerpt:

Frazier’s center includes bringing music to patients in more ways than one. Some who have trouble with traditional speech therapy will respond to musical therapy, for instance. Psych patients requesting meds might find themselves instead soothed by Houston Methodist’s “music dome” (offering personalized playlists).

Both prompted by Stoyanoff and by his own accord, Frazier hit on the business side of the programs, as well. One key in justifying their longevity has been the contributions to patient satisfaction scores; keyword searches of patient comments have revealed dozens of comments about music, almost all of them positive, Frazier said. (Patient satisfaction impacts reimbursement levels from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.) He added that the music dome has nudged down costs on medication.

“Every time we opened a new music therapy position, it took about four to six months for the nurses, the physicians, the executives to say, ‘We have to guarantee this person is here every day. Because we need it, we see what it does, we’re able to down-scale support, and our length of stay is lowering,’” Frazier said.

See the full article here.


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Aesthetics, Inc. in the News

We love to see the work of our members celebrated, especially in national broadcasts!

Check out this video from CBS to see the incredible work our Founding Member Aesthetics, Inc. put into the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, and the wonderful reactions of patients and their families.


Submitted By: Christine Villages, Aesthetics, Inc.