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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

Job Opportunity: Arts Administrator / Project Manager

Aesthetics, Inc., a nationally-recognized healthcare design firm, based in San Diego, is seeking a professional Arts Administrator / Project Manager, with a minimum of five years’ experience, or an MFA Degree in Arts in Health, to manage the development of public arts programs for our clients.

Success in this position requires:
1. knowledge of public art processes for mulitmedia art (paintings, photography, sculpture, mosaic, etc.);
2. excellent communication, presentation, project management and writing skills;
3. software competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and InDesign (as well as the ability to learn new software);
4. ability to interpret floor plans and elevations;
5. ability to travel for presentations, field work, and installation supervision;
6. excellent people skills;
7. skilled at multi-tasking and extremely well organized.

Job entails: recommendations for art locations, media, size and budget; facilitating committee decisions; art sourcing, project management, contracts, framing standards, procurement and commissioning; curatorial and installation.

Salary based on experience. Competitive benefits – including paid time off, insurance and 401k.

All applications must be submitted via email. Email cover letter and resume to

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.



Central Florida Community Arts. (2018). Arts & Wellness. Retrieved from

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

Tenure-line Faculty Position in Arts, Health, & Wellbeing (open rank)

The University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts invites applications for tenure-line faculty position in Arts, Health, & Well-being from candidates with expertise in the evidence-based application of the arts to promote health and/or well-being through creative arts therapies, expressive arts therapy, arts in health, or arts in public health frameworks.

The College encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.

The successful candidate will be appointed to the department or school that best matches their area of artistic expertise at a rank and salary commensurate with experience. The position will have research, teaching, and service responsibilities appropriate for tenure-line appointments in the home academic unit. In addition, the successful candidate will serve as a leader of the University of Utah’s nascent Arts-in-Health Innovation Lab (, a catalyst of interdisciplinary research, teaching, clinical care, and community engagement at the intersection of the arts and health.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Search Committee Chair Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell at For a complete description of the position and its requirements or to submit your application, visit (posting number PRN00325CF).

Two Exciting RFP opportunities for Creative Forces™: NEA Military Healing Arts Network project

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Conceptual Framework Facilitator

Americans for the Arts on behalf of Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is soliciting proposals for the development of conceptual frameworks for the Creative Arts Therapies (art, music, and dance/movement) and the therapeutic writing program within Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network.  In an initial step to establish a theoretical basis for its future research activities, Creative Forces will develop conceptual frameworks for understanding better how the individual creative arts therapy disciplines (and therapeutic writing) function within the entire program. This project will avail fully of existing clinical research tools, paradigms, and expertise within individual creative arts therapy disciplines. Thus, the ultimate goal of the conceptual framework process is to support development of research hypotheses, while also informing recommendations for common inputs, activities, outputs, and intended outcomes (short- and long-term) for the Creative Forces Clinical program.

Deadline for electronic submission is no later than 5:00 pm EDT on October 14th, 2018 to; or by mail postmarked on or before October 14, 2018 Attn: Creative Forces Project Administrator, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington DC  20005.

Implementation Evaluation Of The Clinic-to-Community Engagement Pilot/Demonstration Project

Americans for the Arts on behalf of Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is soliciting proposals for the for an implementation evaluation study of approximately 10 to 12 demonstration/pilot projects that will inform strategies and improve understanding of how clinic-and-community collaborations, in support of community-based arts programming, can enhance the health, wellness, and quality of life for Creative Forces target populations.  We are seeking at least one demonstration project associated with each of the active Creative Forces sites.

Deadline for electronic submission is no later than 5:00 pm EDT on October 8th, 2018 to; or by mail postmarked on or before October 8, 2018 Attn: Creative Forces Project Administrator, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington DC  20005.

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

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The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Healthcare and Creative Aging 2019

Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 2019

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 in healthcare and arts in aging, will include:

Getting Old: The Aging Body, Mind and Soul
A New Perspective on Dementia
StoryCorps: Memory Loss Initiative and Legacy Project
Crafting Careers in Arts-in-Healthcare and Creative Aging
Older Professional Artists: A Model for Society
Hospital Artists-In-Residence: The Creative Center’s Approach
Lifetime Arts: Arts Education for Older Adults
Opening Minds Through Art (OMA): an inter-generational program
Arts&Minds: Museum Programming for People Living with Dementia
Arts in Healthcare: The Current “State” of the Field

Fees: $350 per selected trainee. Artists/administrators working in NYC (Su Casa, senior centers, etc.) may apply for the discounted rate of $250. Lunch, supplies and resources are provided. Please note: 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.

News from our Members: Beth Palmer

An art exhibit in the heart of Research Triangle Park, NC gives contemporary fine artist and NOAH Member Beth Palmer a platform to share about her professional journey in both the arts education and arts in healthcare fields, and how they now intersect in new ways.

Click on the link below to see a series of photos and interview by documentary photojournalist Janine Dominguez-Vasquez.


Do you have news to share? Tell us here.

In Remembrance of Susan Gray, 1956 – 2018

Susan Gray, project director passed away surrounded by family on August 2, 2018.

Susan started her health care career as an x-ray technologist, caring for patients on a daily basis. As the Director of Radiology Services at Children’s Hospital at Stanford, she was instrumental in creating the expanded imaging services for the new Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital. In recent years, Susan took on the challenge of improving the aesthetics of the hospital environment by acquiring art that would aid in the children’s healing process. She helped pioneer technologies that continue to allow young patients to share in the wonders of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Susan was instrumental in bringing joy to patients, family and friends through the art program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health Specialty clinics. Susan helped organized hospital-wide employee events and she played a role in supporting the opening of the main hospital. When Susan entered a room everyone knew her name. Her spirit, quick wit, strong will and love for life was felt by everyone she touched. Susan’s greatest joy was her three children and she spoke frequently about how proud she was of their accomplishments.  Susan will be missed by all of us.

Friends and family can share memories of Susan’s life at

To honor Susan’s generous spirit of giving, her family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to a local cause that is close to your heart.

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!