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Essentials of Arts in Health Pre-Conference at NOAHCON ’23

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio

There are two sessions to choose from.
Session 1 is for Artists in Healthcare and Session 2 is for Arts in Health Administrators.

The $299 fee includes printed materials, a study guide for the Essentials test, and a catered lunch.

Register for either session by purchasing a ticket on our NOAHCON ’23 registration page. 
A NOAHCON ’23 registration is NOT required to attend the pre-conference.

Pre-Conference Schedule
All times in EDT

8:30 am arrival of participants
9:00 am – 12:00 pm sessions 1 + 2
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm professional networking lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm sessions 1 + 2

Conference kick-off event in the evening!

Sessions Facilitators

Ari Albright, MFA

Ariadne (Ari) Albright is a visual artist who has spent three decades generating narrative paintings that explore themes of home and belonging. Born in Wyoming and raised in Turkiye, Ari received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington and an MFA in Painting from the University of South Dakota.

Director of Creative Care, LLC, Ari initiated and teaches the arts in health curriculum within the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota. She served as a founding board member and chair of NOAH’s Professionalization Committee, and was co-editor of the NOAH Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals. She has also published Creative Care: An Artist in Healthcare; Projects.  She works as an arts in health consultant for Sanford Health and is an active roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools and Communities Program. Ari is a 2023 Awardee of the Teaching Artist Guild (TAG) Distinguished Service Award.

Ferol Carytsas, MM

Ferol Carytsas is the Director of the University of Florida’s (UF) Center for Arts in Medicine. Ferol has co-authored three publications: “The Effects of Arts-in-Medicine Programming on the Medical-Surgical Work Environment,” “Arts in Health: Considering Language from an Educational Perspective in the United States,” and “Talking about Arts and Health.” Ferol’s interest in curricular design led her to co-develop the Undergraduate Certificate in Music in Medicine at UF. She was awarded a 2022 UF Division Three Superior Accomplishment Award and selected to be 2022-2023 UF Teaching Excellence Fellow.

Ferol was a founding board member with the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) and served on the board for five years. She was the chair of the NOAH Professionalization Committee and assisted with the development of the nationally endorsed Code of Ethics and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals. In addition to being on the leadership team, she was an editor and contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals. In partnership with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), Ferol is leading a national initiative to establish a Community of Arts in Health Educators. This community aims to articulate the priorities in the field of arts in health in higher education.

Patricia Lambert, PhD

Patricia Dewey Lambert, PhD, is Professor in the University of Oregon’s School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Her research and teaching specialize in arts administration, arts in health, cultural policy, nonprofit management, and international public policy. Prof. Lambert has published articles in Higher Education, the International Journal of Arts Management, the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, and Studies in Art Education, among others. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. Recent book publications are Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare (Routledge, 2016) and Performing Arts Center Management (Routledge, 2017) and Arts in Healthy Aging (Oxford University Press, in press). She served as lead author and editor of a major national white paper, titled Arts, Health & Well-Being in America, published by the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) in 2017. She currently serves as a board member of the National Organization for Arts in Health, for which she oversees national professionalization initiatives for advancing the field.

Session 1: Artists in Healthcare

Professional Practice of Artists in Healthcare

Session 1 Co-Facilitators:

Ari Albright, MFA
Director, Creative Care
Arts in Health Instructor
University of South Dakota

Ferol Carytsas, MM
Director, Center for Arts in Medicine
University of Florida

Session Description:

The arts, humanities, and design – including music, dance, theatre, literature, visual art, architecture, interior design, and more – are increasingly being used to enhance healthcare, promote public health, and support community well-being. In healthcare facilities like hospitals, hospices, and long-term care, artists are joining interprofessional teams committed to improving healthcare outcomes, contributing to patient and staff satisfaction, and lowering healthcare costs. The rapidly growing arts in health field of research and professional practice urgently needs artists who have acquired the specialized knowledge and skills that allow them to work effectively and safely in clinical and healthcare settings.

This one-day intensive workshop is designed for visual, performing, and literary artists from all backgrounds who want to learn strategies and approaches for developing their professional practice in healthcare contexts. This pre-conference seminar draws on cutting-edge research and leading resources to introduce newcomers to the field, or to address gaps in knowledge among artists who are already working to support health and well-being in their communities. You will learn key concepts, terms, and ideas presented in the NOAH Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals. You’ll be provided a study guide to help you take the rigorous NOAH Essentials of Arts in Health test. Successful completion of this online exam results in the NOAH Essentials of Arts in Health Certificate of Completion.

The two session facilitators – former NOAH board members who served as the co-editors of the Core Curriculum – will guide you through the labyrinth of ethics, standards of performance, scope of practice, competencies, and skills that are crucial for artists to understand when they enter healthcare settings like hospitals, hospices, assisted living facilities, and more. By completing this one-day intensive program, you will obtain a robust introduction to the entire NOAH Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals, but with a particular emphasis on (1) understanding core competencies and ethics of arts in health professionals; (2) developing professional practice of artists working in healthcare facilities; (3) distinguishing scope of practice from creative and expressive arts therapists; and (4) facilitating collaborative partnerships.

This pre-conference intensive workshop is tailored specifically for artists who are eager to advance their career pathways in the arts in health field. By the end of the session, you’ll have essential information that introduces you to the field, a set of resources and pathways to pursue as next steps, and a strong national professional network in place.

Session 2: Arts in Health Administrators

Designing, Leading, and Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare Facilities

Session 2 Facilitator:

Patricia Dewey Lambert, PhD
Professor, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
University of Oregon

Session Description:

Savvy healthcare administrators, medical professionals, arts administrators, social workers, recreational therapists, and other organizational leaders are harnessing the power of the arts and humanities to support health and well-being outcomes. The rapid growth of the arts in health field – across the United States and around the world – calls for urgent capacity building among the administrators, policymakers, and program directors who provide leadership to the field.

This one-day intensive workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning how to design, lead, and manage arts programs in healthcare facilities. You’ll learn how the arts offer cost-effective modalities for improving patient health outcomes, improving patient experience, and lowering the per-capita cost of effective health care. Moreover, in our era of healthcare consumerism, the arts can offer a distinct competitive advantage to healthcare organizations of all kinds. This pre-conference seminar draws on cutting-edge research and leading resources to introduce newcomers to the field, or to address gaps in knowledge among administrators who are already using the arts to support health and well-being. You will learn key concepts, terms, and ideas presented in the NOAH Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals. You’ll be provided a study guide to help you take the rigorous NOAH Essentials of Arts in Health test. Successful completion of this online exam results in the NOAH Essentials of Arts in Health Certificate of Completion.

The session facilitator is a current NOAH board member who oversees national professionalization initiatives. You’ll be guided through the labyrinth of ethics, standards of performance, scope of practice, competencies, and skills that are crucial for artists and administrators to understand when they enter healthcare settings like hospitals, hospices, assisted living facilities, and more. By completing this one-day intensive program, you’ll obtain a robust introduction to the entire NOAH Core Curriculum for Arts in Health Professionals, but with a particular emphasis on (1) leading arts in health programs across the healthcare continuum; (2) designing arts in health environments; and (3) managing participatory arts in health programs.

This pre-conference intensive workshop is tailored specifically for those interested in designing, leading, and managing arts programs in healthcare facilities. By the end of the session, you’ll have essential information that introduces you to the field, a set of resources and pathways to pursue as next steps, and a strong national professional network in place.

Questions? Email [email protected]