Three Openings at the Office of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center

There are currently 3 job openings in the Office of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center.

1) Assistant Manager, Special Education
The Assistant Manager, Special Education supports the Kennedy Center’s work as a national clearinghouse in arts and special education practices, and assists the Manager, Special Education in the development, design, implementation, evaluation, and oversight of the extensive professional learning opportunities for arts and special educator conducted through the Office of VSA and Accessibility. The Assistant Manager is responsible for: (1) administration and management of the annual VSA Intersections: Arts sand Special Education Conference, (2) development and preparation of resources and materials for educators, (3) work across- education department projects and programs, including advising and consulting on best practices in special education and inclusive arts education programing, assisting with research and evaluation, assisting with VSA annual national contracts, and 4) operational support for the VSA Special Education Team.  This position is supervised by and reports to the Manager, Special Education.

2) Coordinator, Accessibility
The Coordinator, Accessibility (Daytime) is a crucial member of the Kennedy Center’s Office of Accessibility team which ensures compliance with disability rights law and the cross-institutional delivery of a broad spectrum of access accommodations and programs for patrons and visitors of all ages with disabilities.  The Coordinator is responsible for:  1) Executing all aspects of accessibility accommodations and services for performances, programs, activities and events including facilitating compliance and technical assistance with internal and external users; 2) Customer relations, determining appropriate accommodations, customizing and adapting services, responding to requests, resolving problems/complaints, and communication with all parties involved;  3)  Testing and evaluating new initiatives, technologies and services;  and assisting with other projects such as conferences, events, etc.; and 5)  Managing and supervising volunteers, training staff and volunteers, day-to-day administration, and ensuring that projects are executed to the highest standard of quality and professionalism; as well as other duties as assigned. This position reports to the Manager of Accessibility.

3) VSA Programmer
The Programmer, VSA Programs and Projects in the Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility, oversees the development, administration, coordination and implementation of performing and visual arts programs, projects, competitions, performances and exhibits for/by/with children, youth, emerging and professional artists with disabilities.  Programs and projects include but are not limited to:  1)  Music competitions, programs and performances,  2) Writing for theater/performance competitions, programs, readings and performances,  3) Visual arts competitions, programs, exhibitions and touring exhibitions, 4)  Performances, festivals and events, 5) Art and media collection exhibition, loan, archive and preservation, 6) Arts-based career and professional skills development programs such as internships. The Programmer will also be engaged in other programs and activities of the Office of VSA and Accessibility including the execution of meetings, annual conferences; and social media, marketing and communication. Responsibilities and the intensity of the workload will vary depending on the cyclical and seasonal nature of the programming. This position may have supervisory duties and all work is accomplished under the direction of the Director, VSA and Accessibility.

To apply, click the links above or visit for a listing of all jobs available at the Kennedy Center.

arts in health month NOAH

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.



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).

Letter from the President

Dear NOAH Members and Friends of Arts in Health,

The decision I am most proud of NOAH for making, at its first board retreat in June of 2016, was to look to the field for guidance and to inform priorities. We spent our first year conducting surveys and focus groups, while celebrating and advocating for the field. We then commissioned the white paper “Arts, Health and Well-Being in America”, released in September 2017 to serve as a grounding on where we are in America and where we need to focus our energy. We’ve used our annual conference, first in September 2017 and coming up in October 2018, as a major focal point for projects to be reported, publications to be released, programs to be profiled and shared, and to “serve and advance the field” with our membership. The concluding recommendations from the white paper have dictated our work and include:

1. Creation of a New National Structure and Strategy for the Arts, Health, and Well-Being Arena to Coalesce:

To realize this recommendation, we are organizing a Leadership Summit, bringing together professionals in human resources, nursing, patient experience, philanthropy, community health, public policy, and research, among other disciplines. Together we will explore challenges and priorities healthcare facilities and communities face and how the arts can be used to enhance health and wellbeing. Our diverse group of stakeholders, representing the broad and diverse leadership charged with making decisions to influence the future of healthcare in America, will review the recommendations contained in the NOAH white paper, identify the strategic next steps we can take to improve accessibility and outcomes across related fields, and draft a strategic plan that can guide the field over the next three to five years.

NOAH Board Vice-Chair Naj Wikoff is leading this effort, which has successfully raised the required funds via support from The Westreich Foundation, Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine, and Kaiser Permanente, and secured a presenting partner in Georgetown University and the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The discussion will be facilitated by Janet Brown, former President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts. Gay Hanna will document the meeting and author a white paper report to be ready for release and discussion during our conference in October.

2. Development of a Meta-Analysis of Existing Research, Programs, and Resources:

This is something NOAH and NOAH’s Research Committee, headed by NOAN Board Member Ferol Carytsas, have dedicated much quality time and effort. We are learning from institutions who have made research a priority, investigating how research journals, libraries, universities, and hospitals facilitate research information, and exploring what institutions have already developed databases, how they work, and how they might be effectively shared. We’ve heard exciting developments from a comprehensive interagency arts in health initiative in Rhode Island which has brought together representatives from their state health agencies, universities, and arts council, to address the impact of the arts on statewide health priorities. We are excited to have them presenting this wonderful model of collaboration and their database of research at our conference in October.

We continue to work on building both open and member-exclusive resources on our NOAH website, and are actively building partnerships that will provide our members and the field a centralized introduction to research, how to utilize, interpret and conduct research, and how to identify where gaps in research exist for the field of Arts in Health. We are happy that Dr. Francois Bethoux, The Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute, is taking a leadership role in the descriptive text and recommendations. We are also pleased there will be sessions on research prominently featured at the October conference.

3. Formation of National Standards, Training, and Certification of Professional Artists, Healthcare Arts Administrators and Healthcare Arts Consultants:

This is a very important area. Right now, most hospitals create their own policies, or rely on policies not specifically designed for arts in health, to manage artists working in environments of care. We are creating a comprehensive policy where I work at Houston Methodist that is being developed in collaboration with our team of music therapists, project specialists in music and visual arts and executive leadership. For the most part, artists in our system contribute in community areas of the hospitals, although we’re developing more and more structured ways for artists to coordinate with music therapists to leverage results, like a recent residency with the Houston Grand Opera in the Psychiatric Clinic with Music Therapists Audry Zybura and Jennifer Townsend, and expanding our community reintegration opportunities for patients of the in-patient rehabilitation clinic with the Ermelinda Cuellar jazz trio and music therapist Jonathan Silbert – attached find a link to a Houston Grand Opera Video made after the residency experience and an image of a recent session with artists and therapists in a public area of the hospital. BUT, I can only speak for how this particular hospital addresses the work of artists in environments of care, and am glad that NOAH is working on coordinating national standards and endorsing further professionalization that all administrators can refer to and feel confident in.

NOAH is looking at what has been done by the previous task forces of the representative national organization, going back to the Society for Arts in Health, and putting dedicated time into fully developing and endorsing a set of professional standards of practice and code of ethics for artists working in health settings. I believe we have done wonderful work in this area through NOAH and NOAH’s Professionalization Committee, headed by NOAH Board Member Ari Albright. NOAH members and representatives of the field will review these items first through a survey in July, so that they can share thoughts and opinions with us before we move to finalize and publish for release at the October Conference.

As an extension to the third recommendation, we are pleased to also be working with a group of experts around the nation and the University of Oregon on an Arts in Healthcare Administrators Handbook, which will be the focus of one of our preconference sessions on October 7.  The conference will also be the launch for the handbook as a whole, which will be a significant tool for the development, professionalization, coordination, and management of arts in health programs. It will offer an update to the 2009 SAH handbook and exist as a living document on the NOAH website. Information in that handbook will also be valuable in contributing to further professionalization efforts planned for artists and administrators working in healthcare.

Finally, in our continued effort “to serve and advance the field of arts in health,” we have established a Regional Network Committee. The first committee meeting was held at the end of June, and I am happy to report that the meeting was attended by representatives of 11 different states. Three groups were chosen to pilot regional networks, which will begin first by conducting regional needs assessments. NOAH is exploring how best to help foster these networks by examining a variety of national network models in and out of the arts. There will be an “ask the expert” and a “breakfast roundtable” session at the conference and NOAH will be reporting regional network progress on its website. This effort is being led by NOAH Board member Dr. Alan Siegel.

Speaking of the NOAH website, we have a new membership platform that allows members to update their profile, add photos, search a national map and directory for other programs, send NOAH their good news and job opportunities, and add events to the national arts in health event calendar.
I hope that you are pleased with NOAH’s progress and the increasing value of NOAH membership, which includes receipt of our regular newsletter, progress reports such as this letter, and much more listed at I look forward to speaking with you personally at our annual conference in October, which will include our first formal business meeting for NOAH members, and for the latest information on NOAH, sponsorship opportunities, and becoming a member, please visit or send an email to Katie White-Swanson at



Todd Frazier

President, National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)

Director, System Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM)
Houston Methodist

Houston Grand Opera Video: Seeking the Human Spirit Music Therapy Residency:

Houston CPAM Arts in Health

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!


Earn CEUs at the NOAH Conference

We are excited to announce that this year attendees will be able to earn CEUs at the NOAH conference. The Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo offers a Certificate of Completion that attendees can fill out and submit to their professional organizations!

AIA Credits: For Credit: Obtain the AIA CEU form at Registration. Keep track of the sessions you attend by checking the boxes on the form and turn in your form to the information desk at the end of the show. 

IDCEC Credits: For credit: obtain the IDCEC form at the Registration. Have your session(s) stamped by room monitor as you leave each session and then submit your conference card to IDCEC via their website at

Certificate of Completion: For a certificate of completion obtain a Generic CEU form at Registration. Have your session(s) stamped by the room monitor as you leave each session and then turn in your form to the information desk at the end of the show. You will be emailed a certificate of completion within 2 weeks of the event.

Please Note: Attendees may earn 16.75 continuing education units by attending one conference session in every time bank offered and a facility tour.

Find more information about our 2018 Conference here.

NOAH Members: Post Events!

One of our most exciting new membership features is out National Arts in Health Events Calendar.

Now, NOAH members can share their events with audiences nationwide. Current event listings include Snow City Arts’ A Room Without Walls ExhibitionUF Center for Arts in Medicine’s 17th Annual Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive, and Houston CPAM’s Introduction to MATADOC lecture.

An added benefit? We also share these events on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages to help spread the word about our members’ impressive programming.

If you’re a NOAH member, make sure you get your information on our calendar! Click here and follow the link on the top right to log in and share your events.

If you’re not a NOAH member, what are you waiting for? Become a member today and gain access to our growing list of benefits (not to mention saving $100 on our conference registration!)

Become a Conference Sponsor!

Friends of Arts in Health,

Connect your organization’s name with the annual meeting of NOAH, the national organization promoting, guiding and educating the field of arts in health.

Our second annual conference is taking place as an Arts in Health track within the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Conference in Austin, TX on October 7-10, 2018.  We received an overwhelming response to our call for presentations this year, and our dynamic and diverse presentation lineup can be found here. We are confident that this year’s conference features something for everyone, whether they are longstanding professionals or newcomers to the field. This event presents a wealth of opportunities for connection, innovation, and field-building, but we can’t do this alone! We’re looking for sponsors at all levels to partner with us while promoting awareness of their own work in the field of Arts in Health.

Below you will see our sponsorship opportunities for the Reimagining the Future of Arts in Health conference. Opportunities range from Presenting Sponsor titles for our keynote, expo booth, music and entertainment, and scholarships, to affiliated organization and individual sponsorships starting at $100. I hope you will consider supporting our conference, which encourages, energizes, and educates arts in health administrators, artists, architects and therapists among others. By doing so, you will be sharing in our mission “to serve and advance the field of Arts in Health.”


Announcing 2018 NOAH Conference Dates!

We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2018 conference! The event will take place in Austin, Texas, in partnership with the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, from October 8-10. Plans are also underway for a special Arts in Health pre-conference workshop on Sunday, October 7.


More details coming soon!