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

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.

Institute for Palliative Care Course: Healing Through Art: Train the Trainer

This six-week course begins September 6, 2017 and registration is currently open.

For more information, please consult the link below.

16th Annual Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive at the University of Florida: July 10-21, 2017

16th Annual Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive at the University of Florida: July 10-21, 2017

The Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive is designed to meet the needs of students and professionals at all levels of experience. The program includes two weeks of on-site programming at the University of Florida and a set of online modules designed to be completed prior to the program. Online Registration is open now!  Please click here for more information: 


NOAH Welcomes National and International Affiliate Members

The National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH) is proud to invite members of any Regional or International Arts in Health Organization, or Regional, National or International Creative Arts Therapy Organization, to join NOAH as an affiliate member at a 20% discount rate on all membership categories.

In addition, NOAH is pleased to extend an invitation to members of International Arts and Health or Creative Arts Therapy organizations living outside of the United States to attend its 2017 Inaugural Conference at the NOAH membership rate. To register for the conference, please contact to receive an international registration code. A valid membership ID from your organization will need to be presented.

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.