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September 30, 2019

Contact: Keeley Engle [email protected]

The Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards 2019 Recipients

(San Diego, California      September 30, 2019) The National Organization for Arts in Health is proud to announce the following recipients of our inaugural International Arts in Health Awards Program, titled “The Hamilton” – so named after the sponsoring Hamilton Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation at Blue Grass Community Foundation.

Recognition in the Arts Building Resilience category was awarded for demonstrating the efficacy of the arts in combating healthcare provider and family caregiver burnout and cultivating resiliency. First place went to the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist for their “Employee Arts Enrichment Experiences” program, and the University of Minnesota Rochester also received recognition for their exemplary project “The Contemplation of Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health through Creativity.”

Recognition in the Arts Transforming Environments category was awarded for demonstrating the positive impact of an artwork or project in a healthcare environment. There were two first place winners, the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Inova Schar Cancer Institute for their “Collaborative Arts and Healing Program for A New Urban Ambulatory Cancer Institute,” and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for their “Packard 2.0 Art Program” designed and facilitated by Aesthetics, Inc.

Recognition in the Arts for Innovation category was awarded for showcasing a project that has positively impacted target populations through use of media, technology, or creative programming. First place went to Ballad Health for their “Prescription for Pain: One Dose Storytelling” program, and Georgetown Arts and Humanities Program, MedStar Georgetown University Department of Neurology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center also received recognition as an exemplary project for their “Movement for Multiple Sclerosis” program.

The awards were open to artists working in all media, or arts in health programs in community or clinical settings, who demonstrated an arts project or initiative in a health setting that has measurably improved the health or wellbeing of the intended population. Proposals were evaluated by the following jury, representing the NOAH Board of Directors and their Ambassadors, among others: Cam Busch, Iva Fattorini, Kristina Gray-Akpa, Jackie Hamilton, Annette Ridenour, and Jennifer Wilcox. Collectively, they reviewed both the content and design of each project/program submitted to select this year’s awards recipients in each of the three above categories.

As the National Organization for Arts in Health, NOAH provides transformational leadership to bring the field of arts in health together, and to move the field forward. Our focus is on the future of arts, health, and wellbeing; and creating tangible impact from our goals and initiatives.  We know through research and experience that the arts are an integral component to health, and we are committed to shaping a reality where that fact is accepted fully, and incorporated into medical treatment, medical education, prevention, and public health and wellbeing.


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