Registration is now open for NOAH’s Arts in Health track at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE) conference in Austin, Texas from September 18-20, 2017.

The HFSE is hosting all registration for this event. Following the link below will take you to their registration site. Please select the “NOAH Pass” to register for the Arts in Health track. NOAH members will have access to a personalized VIP Code that will allow them to check out at the member rate of $500 (a discount of $150). Members of affiliate arts-related professional organizations are also eligible for a personalized code that will allow them access to the NOAH member rate. Contact the NOAH Administrator at with any questions.

A NOAH pass includes access to the Arts in Health track, 2 days of the Exposition, all keynotes, Educational Theaters, food functions including receptions and access to HFSE’s mobile App including the Online Presentation.

While NOAH’s ability to provide scholarships is limited, we will do as much as we can to assist you if there is a financial barrier to attending the conference. Please contact NOAH at to request a scholarship or registration award application before registering for the conference track if you are interested. The deadline for scholarship application submissions is Friday, July 21.

Proceed to the HFSE Registration

Travel and Accommodation Information for NOAH’s Arts in Health Conference

Travel and Accommodation Information for NOAH’s Inaugural Arts in Health Conference in Partnership with the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Austin, Texas, from September 18-20

Information from the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE) website:

Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

September 18 – 20th 2017

Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
300 East 4th Street, Austin Texas, 78701


Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – AUS
Airport Phone: +1 512 530 2242
Hotel direction: 8 miles NW

  • Super Shuttle; fee: $13 (one way); reservation required
  • Bus service, fee: $1.50 (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: $30 (one way)


  • On-site parking, fee: $29 daily
  • Valet parking, fee: $35 daily

More transportation information


HSFE Conference Recommended:

Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Symposium Rate: $259+ tax / night
Symposium Rate is available 9/15/17 through 9/23/17.

Reserve Now:
Call: 512-482-8000 and press 1 for reservations

Don’t forget to mention Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo!
Symposium Rate Expires: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Courtyard Austin Downtown | Convention Center

300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Symposium Rate: $209+ tax / night
Symposium Rate is available 9/15/17 through 9/23/17.

Reserve Now:
Call: 800-321-2211 or 512-236-8008

Don’t forget to mention Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo!
Symposium Rate Expires: Thursday, August 24, 2017



LaQuinta Inn Austin Capitol

0.7 miles from Convention Center

Rates from $179/night

Call: 1-512-476-1166

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown – University

0.7 miles from Convention Center

Rates from $207/night

Call: 1-855-239-9222

Super 8 Austin Downtown Area

0.9 miles from Convention Center

Rates from $80/night

Call: 1-512-472-8331

On Airbnb, the following rentals are within walking distance of the Convention Center. More lodging is available.

  1. Luxury 3bd/2ba + oversized loft $428/night, sleeps 7/3 beds
  2. Contemporary 2BR/2BA Dwntwn ATX Condo + Parking $277/night, sleeps 4/2 beds
  3. Hip Downtown Austin Condo with Pool $210/night, sleeps 4/1 bed
  4. Perfect Location in ❤️ of Downtown ATX! $167/night, sleeps 6/3 beds
  5. Licensed Downtown 2bed/2bath! WalkScore99+Parking! $258/night, sleeps 6/2 beds
  6. Downtown Convention Center – Close to Everything $269/night, sleeps 6/5 beds
  7. DOWNTOWN 4TH ST CONVENTION CENTER $155/night, sleeps 4/2 beds
  8. Amazing Downtown Austin $799/night, sleeps 8/6 bed
  9. Walk to 6th St and Convention Ctr $95/night Sleeps 3, 2 beds
  10. The Convention Center’s Grand Loft $349/night, sleeps 10, 4 beds + air mattresses



Arts in Health Research Resources

NOAH is working to develop a research database for the field of Arts in Health that will allow keyword and category searches, and offer guidance and information on the types of research found. Research will be categorized in areas such as:

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Peer-Reviewed
  • Use of a Control Group
  • Multi-Site
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Blinded study

NOAH’s goal is to find areas of need and to support rigorous research-based construction of studies and resources for professionals and programs in the field.

We appreciate your patience while this database is being built, and invite you to explore the below resources for your research efforts.

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Resources:

American Art Therapy Association:

American Music Therapy Association:

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association:

The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health:


Research Gate:

University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine Research Database:

White Paper: Talking About Arts in Health

International Neurosciences and Music Conference in Boston, MA

The Mariani Foundation for Paediatric Neurology announces The Neurosciences and Music – VI, an International conference to be held in Boston, USA, from 15 to 18 June, 2017. The central theme of “The Neurosciences and Music – VI” is Music, Sound and Health. The programme will include Keynote Lectures, Symposia, Poster Sessions, and a Pre-conference Workshop, to be held on the afternoon of 15 June 2017. The meeting will be of interest to neuroscientists, psychologists, clinicians and professionals in the medical field, therapists, educators, musicians, musicologists, and students in each of these fields.

The highly successful series “The Neurosciences and Music” was introduced in New York in 2000, with meetings in Venice (2002, in partnership with International School of Neurological Sciences), Leipzig (2005, with Max Planck Institute), Montreal (2008 with BRAMS, Brain and Music Research), Edinburgh (2011, with IMHSD – Institute for Music in Human and Social Development) and Dijon (2014, with Université de Bourgogne, Municipality of Dijon and Université de Lyon in cooperation with EBRAMUS “Initial Training Network”). All these conferences have led to publications in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Registration is available at a reduced rate through March 31st and is open until June 8. For more information or to register, please click here.

University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine announces online course Summer 2017

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine will offer The Art of Self Care for 8 weeks this summer. The graduate level, online course begins April 24 and runs through June 16.

Taught by Center for Arts in Medicine instructors, Heather Spooner ( and Gavin Clayton, this experiential course provides a personal exploration of the art of self-care. The course takes a multidimensional approach to self-care in which students learn concepts in self-care while engaging in immersive arts experiences to revitalize themselves both professionally and personally.

To register or for more information, please contact Eleanor Sommer, CAM academic programs advisor,

Arts in Health California Conference at UCSF Mission Bay March 18, 2017

We invite you to join us for Arts in Health California’s Second Annual Conference at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We are very excited about this conference and are inviting a variety of presenters, including writers, artists, musicians, dancers and singers, physicians, medical students and patients.
You will learn about our new UCSF at Mission Bay Hospital both as a healing environment and an art destination, the award-winning UCSF Art for Recovery Program, and the conference will include presentations by:

  • Tucker Nichols, a professional artist who will share his own health story and his Mission Bay art commission
  • Patients sharing their personal stories about coping with illness through the creation of art
  • Art-atomy – UCSF Medical Students participating in the UCSF Art for Recovery elective
  • Art of the Athlete, U. of Oregon – a 4-week intensive summer course with sports players building upon self-reflection and learning strategies through visual arts
  • David Watts, M.D., physician and published writer, poet, jazz musician, NPR commentator who writes essays and lectures on the subject of humanism in medicine
  • Ned Buskirk, You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes – bringing people creatively into the conversation of death and dying while helping to inspire and empower them
  • Vania Deonizio, Dancin’ Power – teaches interactive dance classes for free to hospitalized children
  • Afro-Cuban San Francisco State University Ensemble
  • Art of Health and Healing of Contra Costa Health Services bringing a wide range of arts program, including Stress Relief Through the Arts
  • Musicians in Healthcare
  • Arts in Health California & National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)
    We will be offering 15 to 30 minute presentations throughout the conference with an opportunity to have lunch and network while participating in art experiences. We hope that you will take home inspiring ideas to spin off into action in your community.

Healing with the Arts: Free 6-week Online Arts Course Begins February 6th 2017

For many years Mary Rockwood Lane and Michael Samuels, M.D. have taught art and healing courses at undergraduate and graduate level. For years they have watched as their students undergo major life transformations and healing as they heal themselves from sexual abuse, unresolved grieving, illnesses as well as heal family members, relationships, community and the earth.

This course will now be delivered as a free online 6-week program — offered by Mary Rockwood Lane via the University of Florida.

This is new concept in education. By making art, a caring, loving community is formed and students can share and heal deeply personal and deeply important things that may have never been addressed in their lives. It is such a new experience; online education without judgment, in a loving, caring, sacred space. It is a new kind of university online distance education, using art (visual arts, music, dance and word) to heal yourself, others, community and the earth.


The 6-week online program will use teachings, guided imagery exercises and art projects to help you heal whatever needs to be healed in your life. With art, you can heal your darkness or the darkness of our world.

Everyone can use this program: to heal yourself, to use with an artist-healer in a program, or as part of art therapy with a trained art therapist. If you already consider yourself an artist or healer, we’ll show you how to go deeper into your creativity or healing with personal introspection on emotional, intellectual, and spiritual levels with a mind to show you how the two worlds are naturally linked and how the artist can be the voice and hands of the healer within.

NOAH is proud to announce its first annual conference

Dear Friends and Supporters of NOAH,

NOAH is proud to announce its first annual conference, to be held in conjunction with the 30th Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE), September 18 – 20, 2017, in Austin, Texas. The HFSE was established in 1987 by Wayne Ruga as a forum that initiated the inquiry of how the design of the physical environment could positively affect healing and promote well-being. Their annual expo brings together over 1,000 leading healthcare architectural and interior design professionals, executives, researchers, manufacturers, and educators.

For Arts in Health professionals, this Symposium connects us with those who design, build, and own the facilities within which many of us work, and they with us – the people who create the art, arts programming, and collaborations with cultural and educational agencies and the medical and volunteer staff. We feel partnering with HFSE provides an exciting opportunity for these two important aspects of the creative community to come together, learn from each other, and establish strategic partnerships going forward to help us achieve our shared goals of enhancing the patient experience and human health and well-being.

For information on the larger Symposium and Exposition, please visit the HFSE’s website here. NOAH’s conference track information will be on the HFSE website shortly. NOAH is grateful for the friends and sponsors who have been instrumental in the success of its inaugural year, including its legacy organization, the Arts & Health Alliance.

Our conference attendees will have access to the keynotes, luncheons and expo events with the full conference as well as an Arts in Health track that will be open to our registrants and all conference attendees. Registration for the conference track will be $500 for NOAH members with an additional fee for non-members. We will provide information on hotels in the area that are quality but more affordable than the conference hotel for our attendees.

We are attaching information about the conference and a link to an on-line application for prospective presenters. We encourage you to apply to present and participate in this exciting conference. More information on the conference will be provided as it is available – please stay tuned for further announcements and for updates on our upcoming website.

For additional information, please feel free to contact NOAH’s Conference Chairs, Annette Ridenour and Katherine Trapanovski.


Annette Ridenour, Co-Chair of the Conference

Katherine Trapanovski, Co-Chair of the Conference

Inaugural Conference of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) in Partnership with the

Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE):

“Charting a Path Forward”
September 18-20, 2017
Austin, Texas
Austin Convention Center

Submissions Open: January 13, 2017
Submissions Closed: March 10, 2017
Submissions Notified of Acceptance or Rejection: April 7, 2017

Call for Presentations: NOAH is pleased to invite presenters to submit a proposal for its first national conference as a track within the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo (HFSE). The NOAH conference will investigate how utilizing the arts fosters health and well-being in medical and educational institutions, community settings, and through the built environment. It is an exciting opportunity for individuals and agencies to showcase their work, their aspirations for the future, and engage the field of Arts in Health.

The call is for 30-, 60- and 75-minute presentations that can assist the collective field of Arts in Health in “Charting a Path Forward”. All presentations will be presented to the complete conference audience. We seek material that addresses one or more of these areas:

  • Best Practices
  • Research Policies
  • Arts Improving Customer Experiences
  • Arts Improving Community Health
  • Arts in the Military
  • Arts and Aging
  • Arts Assisting in Life Transitions
  • Arts Impact on Health Outcomes

Selection criteria:

  • Meets ‘Entry Requirements’ as stated above
  • Project design is informed by published research
  • Project has a credible evaluation component
  • Project design is sensitive to needs of target patient population
  • Collaboration of project team with host institution
  • Project is replicable
  • Presentation offers new and fresh information
  • Presenter has experience in the field

Additional guidelines:
All presentations must be in the English language. NOAH reserves the right to publish in total, or in part, per level of patient permissions, obtained selected presentations. Presentations cannot be used to market products or services and must be free from commercial bias. As we are still in the early stages of organizational growth and lack financial sponsors for this event, we unfortunately cannot waive the registration fee for presenters. Presenters shall be responsible for all expenses including registration, accommodation, and travel. If selected, the presentation must not be presented at any other industry event within the same calendar year. The final presentation will correspond with the original session description. All final presentations will be submitted to our review process and if they do not comply with all conditions your presentation will be removed from the program. All speakers must provide NOAH with a copy of their presentation (proprietary information can be removed) to post online for attendees to download. We will not be producing printed or CD proceedings or handouts. Attendees will have the opportunity starting 1 week prior to the event to download the proceedings if they wish to bring printed copies.

How to Submit:

Tips on Completing the Application:
You cannot save your online submission once you have started. You must complete and submit the form in a single session.

Noah and Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Speaking Guidelines:
All parties interested in speaking at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo must read through the information above and complete the online submission form to be reviewed by the Board. Unless a submission is received via the online form it will not be considered for inclusion in the program. Please review our guidelines and policies prior to preparing your submission. By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to the conditions outlined above. For more information on the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo and its guidelines, please refer to this link.

Review Process:
The NOAH Board will review all proposals. Unfortunately, we are not able to select and showcase all proposals. NOAH requires that each submission include a complete description of the presentation that is being proposed. NOAH reserves the right to work with speakers to adjust or change their session title, description or content to meet the needs of our audience and conference programming.