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.

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


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.

Snow City Arts Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary!

Snow City Arts presents “A Room Without Walls,” a year of shows with arts organizations across the city to showcase two decades of student work.

Snow City Arts has launched its 20th Anniversary Celebration, “A Room Without Walls,” starting with a packed house at Open Books at 651 W. Lake St., Chicago. The exhibition was the first of six over the course of 2018, designated by the City of Chicago as “The Year of Creative Youth.” Each event is being held in conjunction with an esteemed cultural partner of Snow City Arts, which provides one-on-one arts instruction to children in area hospitals, and each event is dedicated to a genre that SCA offers to the students with whom it works.

The Open Books creative writing exhibition highlighted the work of students who have participated in Snow City Arts poetry and writing workshops over the last 20 years. Local poets such as Roger Bonair-Agard, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and CM Burroughs read works written by SCA students, and the event include display and audio recordings of work, along with published chapbooks and framed pieces. All of the events in the series are and free and open to the public.

The visual arts exhibition of A Room Without Walls opened at The Arts Incubator at the University of Chicago on April 6, and was on on display through April 27. This exhibit featured the work of more than 100 students from the past 20 years. The teaching artistry exhibition is scheduled for the Weinberg Newton Gallery, June 5 – 23, with an opening on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. The theater presentation will be at the Steppenwolf Theatre Education Department, July 25 and 26. The film exhibition will be at the Gene Siskel Film Center, October 13. The final event of the series will be a music exhibition held on December 16 at Schuba’s.

“Our teaching artists have worked with tens of thousands of students over the last two decades. It’s really gratifying to share a snapshot of this work with our partners at some of Chicago’s premier arts organizations. A movie shot in a hospital bed, being shown at the Gene Siskel Center—that’s an exciting moment for a student,” said SCA Executive Director Carrie Spitler.

Each of the exhibitions is curated by a member of the SCA teaching artist faculty, all of whom are working artists themselves in the medium they teach. Current and former students are invited to the events as participants and as audience members, a reunion in some cases of relationships between students and teachers from years ago.

“As longtime fans of Snow City Arts and the incredible service they offer children and families of the Chicagoland area, it is an honor to be able to showcase the work of their young theater artists at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Thanks to the dedication of the Snow City teaching artists, whose creative spirits never let the walls of a hospital get in the way of creating theatre magic, there are world-class productions the public has yet to see. This July, come to Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater and be among the lucky to get to do so,” said Megan Shuchman, Director of Education at Steppenwolf.

All events are free and open to the public. To find out more or make a reservation to the events, go to the Snow City Arts website at:

About Snow City Arts: Chicago-based Snow City Arts brings one-on-one, professional arts education every day to the rooms of pediatric patients at its hospital partners: Rush University Children’s Hospital, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, and its latest site, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, which began working with SCA in 2017. Snow City Arts has been profiled as a best practice by the National Endowment for the Arts, honored as one of the 15 best youth programs in the United States by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities with the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award, and has been the recipient of the Make It Better Philanthropy-Arts Award. For more information, visit

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