The Impact of a Live Artist in a Chemotherapy Treatment Room

The Impact of a Live Artist in a Chemotherapy Treatment Room
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Last Spring a residency grant from The State of Maine Arts Commission allowed for a project in a Chemotherapy Center. With over 130 surveys my team showed, patients were less stressed and nurses less fatigued due to the artist’s presence.

Betsy Parks-Stamm, Erin McGee Ferrell, and Robyn Courtois- Colby pleased to report that our research project sponsored by New England Cancer Specialists, Maine Arts Commission, and Artists and Craftsman Supply Portland is scheduled for publication in the, “Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.”





NIH Announces Funding Opportunities for Music and Health

Following a National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Kennedy Center collaborative workshop, the NIH has unveiled three funding announcements soliciting applications on Music and Health!

These RFAs include set-aside funding and represent a collaboration among a large number of NIH Institutes and Centers.

They are a direct follow-up to the recommendations of the workshop.

Here are the full funding opportunity announcements:

Promoting Research on Music and Health: Phased Innovation Award for Music Interventions (R61/R33, Clinical Trial Optional)

Promoting Research on Music and Health: Fundamentals and Applications (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)

Promoting Research on Music and Health: Fundamentals and Applications (R21 Clinical Trials Optional)


We hope you take a look at these and apply!





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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NOAH 2017 Arts in Health Conference Proceedings

Below are the conference presentations released by the 2017 presenters at the inaugural NOAH Arts in Health Conference. Presentations with information pending publication were withheld at the request of the presenters.

Arts in Health: Philanthropy

Report from Grantmakers for the Arts’ Thought Leaders Forum on Arts in Medicine

Resources on Arts in Health from Grantmakers in the Arts

Arts in Health: Performances and Healing Spaces

Creating a Healing Space: Auditory and Visual Beautification of an Inpatient Acute Psychiatry Unit

The Aesthetics of Film Scoring as a Life-Generative Art Form: Harnessing the Power of Music to Enhance our Humanity in Healthcare

Arts in Health: Research

Measuring Health Outcomes: The Creative Arts Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

Arts in Health: Program Models 

A New Challenge to Arts in Healthcare Programs at the University of Michigan Health System: Success!

Building the Toolbox

Arts in Health: Creative Arts Therapies 

Creative Arts in Practice

Technologies and Arts Therapy: Creative Interventions for Neurological Disorders

Arts in Health: Arts in the Military

A Portfolio of Caring Through the Arts: Creative Services Offered by ArtStream’s Artists-in-Residence Team in the USA’s Largest Military Medical Center

The NEA Creative Forces Telehealth Project: Using Video-Based Technologies to Bridge the Gap Between Clinical and Community Based Arts Programs for Service Members Across the Military Treatment Continuum

Arts in Health: Innovation in Educational Programs

Applied Arts and Social Justice: A Partnership for the 21st Century

Engaging Learners in Arts in Health Education in Traditional and Online Environments

Arts in Health: Design

Art with Intent in Hospitals

Seven Year Journey – The Art Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Best Practices in Interactive and Technology-based Art

Arts in Health Research Intensive at the University of Florida January 29 – February 2, 2018

Presented by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and the Arts Health Early Career Research Network

The Arts in Health Research Intensive is designed to provide a rich introduction to the field of arts in health and fundamentals in evaluation and research. Across five days, participants will:

  • explore the development and scope of the field
  • consider the physiological, social and behavioural impacts of the arts in a health context
  • analyse research and evaluation methodologies that underpin the field
  • learn about practicalities, issues and methods in arts in health research
  • engage in group-based discussions, program and protocol development, and presentation

This course is suitable for anyone with a background or interest in the arts, healthcare, community health or social care, and research, and who wishes to learn more about the field and meet others who share their interests. No research experience is necessary, and all levels of experience are welcome.

The program includes one week of on-site programming at the University of Florida and a set of online modules designed to be completed prior to the program.

Program Faculty:

Dr. Daisy Fancourt, University College London, UK; Director, Arts Health Early Career Research Network

Dr. Judy Rollins, Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida; College of Medicine, Georgetown University

Jill Sonke, Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida


Partial scholarships, based on merit and financial need, are available. Scholarship awards typically range between 20% – 50% of the program fee. Applications are due October 16, 2017. Click here to download the scholarship application.

For more information visit the event site here.

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