Call for Artists: Design New Sculpture For Erlanger Cancer Institute

Erlanger Health System is announcing a call to artists for a sculpture to be designed for the lobby of Erlanger’s Cancer Institute at the Baroness Hospital.

The project will be funded by a grant awarded to Arts at Erlanger from the Lyndhurst Foundation.

“We are very excited about this addition to our Arts at Erlanger program,” said Katharine Toledano, one of the chaplains at Erlanger.  “The new installation will have a tremendous impact not only to the environment of our cancer center and first floor of the Baroness Hospital, but also to both the healing and inspiring properties we want to achieve for our patients and visitors.”

The plans for the sculpture include suspension from the ceiling, attached from several points via steel hooks and cannot exceed 600 pounds.

The total budget for the project will depend on the artist and materials, and cannot exceed $40,000. Projected date of completion and installation is May 1, 2019.

Local artists, who live within a 75-mile radius of the Erlanger Baroness Hospital, are encouraged to submit a letter indicating their interest and include a resume, photos of examples of previous works and other qualifications to create the requested artwork.  Submissions can be hand delivered or addressed to Arts at Erlanger c/o Katharine Toledano at or Spiritual Care Attn: Katharine Toledano 975 East Third Street Chattanooga, TN 37403.  Deadline for submission is Dec. 10.

Artists are also welcome to tour the proposed location.  An informational meeting and tour will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m.  The tour will start at the Starbucks in the Erlanger Baroness Hospital Medical Mall. Other appointments can be scheduled by contacting  However, a site visit is not required for submission.


For more information, call 423-778-5030.

We Are Not Done Yet, Veterans Find their Voice through Writing and Theatre

Directed by Sareen Hairabedian and produced by Jeffrey Wright (Emmy® winner for HBO’s Angels in America,” two-time Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “Westworld”) and David Holbrooke (HBO’s “The Diplomat”), We Are Not Done Yet profiles a group of veterans and active-duty service members as they come together to combat past and current traumas through the written word, sharing their experiences in a United Service Organizations (USO) writing workshop.

The participants, who come from varied backgrounds and branches of the military, including the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy, share their fears, vulnerabilities and victories via poetry. In workshop sessions and rehearsals, men and women confront the best and the worst of their lives in the military, opening up about ongoing struggles with PTSD and the challenges of readjusting to civilian life. Each veteran and active-duty service member brings unique experiences and hardships to the stage, but they find common understanding and hope through the difficult work of addressing their pasts.

The project evolved from writing workshops led by poet Seema Reza, chair of Community Building Art Works, a charitable organization that develops arts programs for veterans and their communities.

Please click through the link above to watch the trailer and learn more!




a2ru Seeks Executive Director

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The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) seeks an experienced, visionary leader who can advance its growth and provide leadership in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration to improve the culture of higher education; and infuse a growing organization on the vanguard of research, teaching, and practice with an entrepreneurial, collaborative spirit.

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Applicants may apply through the University of Michigan’s application system.

Deadline to submit materials: January 15, 2019

More details and full job description available HERE.




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It’s International Arts in Health Month!

To the field of Arts in Health,

November is International Arts in Health Month! All month long, we will be sharing powerful, inspiring stories from our members about the impact arts have on health and wellbeing.  But first, we would like to share an exciting development from the National Organization for Arts in Health: the publication of our NOAH-endorsed Code of Ethics and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals, foundational resources to support the professionalization of the field.

Since its inception in 2016, the NOAH Professionalization Committee has focused on updating and codifying these two documents in consultation with members of the previous national arts in health organization and the NOAH Board of Directors, Ambassadors, Friends, and Membership. Our efforts were supported by the outpouring of positive and constructive feedback we received from this pool of committed professionals, and we are proud to endorse and release these documents for use by the field of arts in health.

To be noted:

  1. These documents are not intended for use in the field of creative arts therapies, which NOAH acknowledges as separate specialized disciplines.
  2. These are living documents and shall be reviewed every three years to accommodate cultural and procedural changes.
  3. The next professional resource, a Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals, will construct legally defensible core competencies and a scope of practice for professionals working in the field. NOAH’s newly-formed Arts in Health Competency Task Force will be the creator of this resource.
  4. A glossary of common terms is included in the documents.


It is in the adaptation and use of these professional resources that we can positively support and shape an elevated relationship between the spheres of arts and health and amongst affiliated fields. We hope that you will use these resources and share them widely.

We’re sharing the links on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn – and hope you do the same!


If you would like to request physical copies of the Code of Ethics and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals, please reach out to us at


Use the hashtag #ArtsinHealthMonth to share your arts in health stories and updates this month, too!


With thanks,

The NOAH Board & Professionalization Committee

Todd Frazier, President
Ari Albright, Chair, Professionalization Committee

Members at Large:

Ferol Carytsas, Linh Dang, Claire de Boer, Maegan Dubois, Todd Frazier, Jackie Hamilton, Alan Seigel, Barbara Steinhaus, Katherine Trapanovski, Naj Wikoff



Katie White Swanson, Administrator

Aly Maier, Special Project Coordinator

2018 Conference Blog by Katrina Pineda

Katrina Pineda, NOAH member and attendee of both annual conferences shared this excellent summary of our 2018 conference, Reimagining the Future of Arts in Health. We couldn’t resist sharing it here. To hear more from Katrina, visit her blog and follow her on Twitter!


The National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) recently held its second annual conference, as part of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Austin, Texas. NOAH is the professional, United States organization that exists to “serve and advance the field of arts in health” (National Organization for Arts in Health, 2018a). NOAH continues to enhance professionalization of the arts in health field in the United States, as evident from the three major resources they published as part of the conference this year:

  1. Addressing the Future of Arts in Health in America: Leadership Summit Report (National Organization for Arts in Health, 2018b)
  2. Code of Ethics for Arts in Health Professionals and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals (National Organization for Arts in Health, 2018c)
  3. NOAH Arts in Healthcare Management Handbook (co-edited by Patricia Lambert, according to the University of Oregon, 2018)

These were great additions to the white paper they published last year, Arts, Heath, and Well-Being in America. Additionally, NOAH’s Arts in Health Competency Task Force is currently working on establishing a core curriculum for arts in health professionals, which will aid in the development of a future, professional certification. Professionals from a range of fields gathered to discuss progress in the field of arts in health over the course of four days. This included researchers, public health officials, policy makers, healthcare professionals, artists from an array of disciplines, organizational representatives, and many other leaders in the field. Pre-conference workshops included a session discussing the NOAH Arts in Healthcare Management Handbook (led by Patricia Lambert) and a working group initiative for arts in community health: “Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America” (led by University of Florida and ArtPlace). The next three days were filled with inspiring program models, research, networking, and a variety of other resources and initiatives. For a complete list of the sessions, please see the NOAH track of the conference schedule.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration & Program Models

Interdisciplinary collaboration was a strong emphasis this year. Dr. Daisy Fancourt stated, “It is critical to use multiple, disciplinary lenses to look at the arts” (personal communication, October 9, 2018). There were various arts in health programs that presented at the conference this year, many of which were great examples of interdisciplinary collaboration.

For example, Central Florida Community Arts continuously makes an effort to integrate arts into organizations that already understand the population. Their Musical Minds Choir is comprised of people who have some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s, as well as their care partners (Central Florida Community Arts, 2018). Joshua Vickey discussed how they collaborated with eight different Alzheimer’s and dementia organizations in order to launch this program (personal communication, October 9, 2018).

Another demonstration of interdisciplinary collaboration was seen during a session on arts in community health called “Community-Engaged Approaches to Evidence Synthesis: A Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration.” Steven Boudreau, Sherilyn Brown, and Stacy Springs discussed the importance of collaboration between artists, public health professionals, and policy-making officials. Brown emphasized that artists need to understand what is important to public health and policy-making officials, and public health professionals and policy-making officials need to understand the power of the arts (personal communication, October 9, 2018).


In general, the conference had an even stronger research presence than last year. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) shared a printed copy of their resource specific to conducting research in the realm of arts and health: NEA Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health (Chapline & Johnson, 2016). There were also many more sessions focusing on research currently being done in the field.

For example the University of Florida shared multiple research efforts. One was a national initiative for arts in community health that they are doing in collaboration with ArtPlace America: “Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America.” They held a pre-conference working group before the conference with artists, public health professionals, policy making officials, educators, program administrators, and a variety of other people involved at the intersection of arts and public health. Program models, opportunities, and challenges were discussed. This two-year initiative aims to “build intersections and establish resources for practitioners” (McKinley, 2018).

University of Florida also shared a double-blind, randomized control trial of live preferential music that they have been working on, as well as an effort to map all of the arts in health programs available in the state of Florida. Jill Sonke, Max Helgemo, and Dr. Virginia Pesata discussed this study and encouraged all other states in the country to initiate a similar arts in health mapping project. “The Florida Arts in Health Mapping Project” will be published soon, and they offered to share their study to be used as a model to be replicated in the other states. To follow along with this project or ask for the study so you can start a mapping project for your state, please reach out to the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine.

Dr. Fancourt was a keynote speaker at the conference, who received a standing ovation after presenting the variety of studies she has been working on surrounding the intersection of arts, health, humanities, and medicine. She shared her “Arts & Health Logic Model,” which includes psychological, physiological, and behavioral components. There are characteristics of art that she believes make it unique (such as multi-model, beauty, and joy) and potential areas where she believes the arts can have a key impact (prevention, treatment, and care). The multiple lenses she utilizes for her research (basic, applied, and population science) were also a key aspect of her presentation. Overall, she encouraged people to continue looking at multiple levels of research and emphasized that we will only make progress if we look at arts and health through multi-disciplinary perspectives (personal communication, October 9, 2018).

Additional research initiatives and insights were shared in the following sessions:

  1. “Arts in Health Research: Let’s Team Up!” with Dr. Francois Bethoux, Lisa Gallagher, and Maria Jukic (Cleveland Clinic)
  2. “Conducting Research on Arts and Health: Perspectives from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Research on Chronic Stress Lab” with Dr. Girija Kaimal and Melissa Menzer (National Endowment for the Arts)
  3. ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Research and Practice Combining Arts, Humanities, Design and Health: A Preliminary “View from the Bridge” of Creative Health Collaborations at Arizona State University’ with Dr. Tamara Underiner and Jisun Myung (Arizona State University)
  4. “Community-Engaged Approaches to Evidence Synthesis: A Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration” with Steven Boudreau (Rhode Island Department of Health), Sherilyn Brown, and Stacy Springs (Brown University School of Public Health)


There were multiple networking events at this year’s conference, as well. Regional networks of NOAH began developing more. Attendees gathered for a regional networking breakfast on Tuesday morning, organized by their location in the United States. There was also an art show reception and open-mic night. In addition to allowing interaction with other people attending the NOAH track, the conference also provided an opportunity to meet and discuss arts in health with healthcare design professionals attending the larger Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo.

The location of next year’s conference will be announced in January. If you are interested in attending, accessing resources, becoming a member, or simply getting more involved, please be sure to visit NOAH’s website. If you are located in California and interested in the California regional network, please reach out to me. My email is listed on the Arts Health ECRN website, and I will post updates on my Twitter account when I know more. Thank you for your interest in this year’s conference. I hope you have found this information helpful and will consider attending next year!


NOTE: Katrina Pineda is an individual NOAH member and conference attendee, but is not employed by nor officially representing NOAH. This blog was written for the Arts Health Early Career Research Network , for which Katrina is the California representative. Please note that this post will also be viewable on the Arts Health Early Career Research Network’s website.



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Chapline, J., & Johnson, J. K. (2016). The National Endowment for the Arts guide to community-engaged research in the arts and health (LCCN 2016052762). Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis.

McKinley, B. (2018, June 14). University of Florida and ArtPlace America launch national initiative for arts and public health [Press release]. University of Florida College of the Arts.

National Organization for Arts in Health. (2018a). About NOAH. Retrieved from

National Organization for Arts in Health. (2018b). Addressing the future of arts in health in America. San Diego, CA: Author.

National Organization for Arts in Health. (2018c). Code of ethics for arts in health professionals and standards for arts in health professionals (1st ed.). San Diego, CA: Author.

University of Oregon. (2018). School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management: Patricia Lambert. Retrieved from

Dominican University of California offers new MFA in Creative Writing with an optional track in Narrative/Poetic Medicine

Dominican University of California now offers a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing with an optional emphasis in Narrative/Poetic Medicine. In addition to the genres of Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction, the Narrative/Poetic Medicine track brings together poets and writers who seek to explore the illness story.

The unique Narrative/Poetic Medicine track expands the practice of Narrative Medicine as a teaching tool to include the art of creating narratives. The aim is to ground students in the art of story-telling and to support them as they take up the subject of the body and express through writing what happens when a physical or mental anguish disrupts a life. Students read the works of Oliver Sacks, Richard Seltzer, and Rita Charon alongside poems by Denise Levertov, Audre Lorde, and Alicia Ostriker. They contemplate the differences between being cured and being healed of disease, and what roles science, arts, and the humanities play in the process of healing.

Dominican University of California is located just north of San Francisco in a serene campus tucked away in the hills of Marin County. Our location offers the best of both worlds – a quiet getaway for writing and reflection as well as easy access to the dynamic literary community of the San Francisco Bay Area. The low-residency format of Dominican’s MFA program consists of twice yearly residencies on campus and semester distance mentorships, allowing students to advance their writing career without disruption to family life or work. Dominican MFA students also benefit from exclusive access to events, travel opportunities, partnerships with publishers, an honors society, and more.

Applications are currently being accepted for a January 2019 residency start.

NOAH members are invited to learn more at
Contact: Joan Baranow, Program Director at

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.


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!

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:

Mayo Call for Abstracts

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

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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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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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