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October 29, 2021

Contact: Danielle Acerra, 855-687-6649

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THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF ARTS IN HEALTH ANNOUNCES 2021 NOAH INTERNATIONAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

Winners Recognized for Arts Programs Addressing Health Care, Educational and Community Needs 

 On Thursday, October 21, 2021, the National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH) announced this year’s winners of the NOAH International Arts in Health Awards. Recognizing individuals or organizations offering visual or performing arts programs supporting health care, educational and community needs, the awards were presented virtually during NOAH’s 5th Annual National Conference.

This year, two programs were recognized with first place awards and two received honorable mentions. This year’s recipients are:

ARTS BUILDING RESILIENCE Category:

First Place – Gifts of Art: Hamsa Hands are Healing Hands for Michigan Medicine

  • A diverse, collaborative project providing a small but meaningful break for faculty, staff, learners, and the health system community at large to help to prevent burnout and cultivate resiliency.

Honorable Mention – Hearts Need Art: Gratitude Grams

  • Program created to provide healthcare workers with original art, performances, and notes of gratitude from community members, Hearts Need Art team members, and local artists.

ARTS DURING THE PANDEMIC Category:

First Place – Studio G Calliope, Arts Alive at Georgetown Pediatrics

  • Program featuring newsletters with arts activities and corresponding art kits for isolated and hospitalized children.

Honorable Mention – Montefiore Medicine: The Crane Project

  • An ongoing community art installation that honors lives lost to COVID-19. Anyone is welcome to participate in the exhibit by sharing their own 6-word poem, which is transformed into an origami crane to be hung from the ceiling.

First place winners received $500 and free registration to NOAH’s annual conference.

The Awards are open to artists working in all media or arts in health programs in community or clinical settings. The programs must demonstrate measurable improvement in the health and well-being of the

intended population. The 2021 awards took into account the unprecedented work being done during the pandemic and those addressing the Coronavirus in their work.

The National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) is a 501(c)3 organization established to unite, advance and serve the field of arts in health. Through its programs, initiatives and transformational leadership,

NOAH’s goals are to demonstrate the valuable role of the arts in enhancing the healing process, to integrate the arts in the planning, design and operations of health care facilities and programs, and to advocate for arts programming within all areas of health care including treatment, education, prevention, and public health and well-being. For more information, please visit https://thenoah.net.

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