Dear Friends and Supporters of NOAH,

NOAH is proud to announce its first annual conference, to be held in conjunction with the 30th Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE), September 18 – 20, 2017, in Austin, Texas. The HFSE was established in 1987 by Wayne Ruga as a forum that initiated the inquiry of how the design of the physical environment could positively affect healing and promote well-being. Their annual expo brings together over 1,000 leading healthcare architectural and interior design professionals, executives, researchers, manufacturers, and educators.

For Arts in Health professionals, this Symposium connects us with those who design, build, and own the facilities within which many of us work, and they with us – the people who create the art, arts programming, and collaborations with cultural and educational agencies and the medical and volunteer staff. We feel partnering with HFSE provides an exciting opportunity for these two important aspects of the creative community to come together, learn from each other, and establish strategic partnerships going forward to help us achieve our shared goals of enhancing the patient experience and human health and well-being.

For information on the larger Symposium and Exposition, please visit the HFSE’s website here. NOAH’s conference track information will be on the HFSE website shortly. NOAH is grateful for the friends and sponsors who have been instrumental in the success of its inaugural year, including its legacy organization, the Arts & Health Alliance.

Our conference attendees will have access to the keynotes, luncheons and expo events with the full conference as well as an Arts in Health track that will be open to our registrants and all conference attendees. Registration for the conference track will be $500 for NOAH members with an additional fee for non-members. We will provide information on hotels in the area that are quality but more affordable than the conference hotel for our attendees.

We are attaching information about the conference and a link to an on-line application for prospective presenters. We encourage you to apply to present and participate in this exciting conference. More information on the conference will be provided as it is available – please stay tuned for further announcements and for updates on our upcoming website.

For additional information, please feel free to contact NOAH’s Conference Chairs, Annette Ridenour and Katherine Trapanovski.


Annette Ridenour, Co-Chair of the Conference
[email protected]

Katherine Trapanovski, Co-Chair of the Conference
[email protected]

Inaugural Conference of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) in Partnership with the

Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE):

“Charting a Path Forward”
September 18-20, 2017
Austin, Texas
Austin Convention Center

Submissions Open: January 13, 2017
Submissions Closed: March 10, 2017
Submissions Notified of Acceptance or Rejection: April 7, 2017

Call for Presentations: NOAH is pleased to invite presenters to submit a proposal for its first national conference as a track within the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo (HFSE). The NOAH conference will investigate how utilizing the arts fosters health and well-being in medical and educational institutions, community settings, and through the built environment. It is an exciting opportunity for individuals and agencies to showcase their work, their aspirations for the future, and engage the field of Arts in Health.

The call is for 30-, 60- and 75-minute presentations that can assist the collective field of Arts in Health in “Charting a Path Forward”. All presentations will be presented to the complete conference audience. We seek material that addresses one or more of these areas:

  • Best Practices
  • Research Policies
  • Arts Improving Customer Experiences
  • Arts Improving Community Health
  • Arts in the Military
  • Arts and Aging
  • Arts Assisting in Life Transitions
  • Arts Impact on Health Outcomes

Selection criteria:

  • Meets ‘Entry Requirements’ as stated above
  • Project design is informed by published research
  • Project has a credible evaluation component
  • Project design is sensitive to needs of target patient population
  • Collaboration of project team with host institution
  • Project is replicable
  • Presentation offers new and fresh information
  • Presenter has experience in the field

Additional guidelines:
All presentations must be in the English language. NOAH reserves the right to publish in total, or in part, per level of patient permissions, obtained selected presentations. Presentations cannot be used to market products or services and must be free from commercial bias. As we are still in the early stages of organizational growth and lack financial sponsors for this event, we unfortunately cannot waive the registration fee for presenters. Presenters shall be responsible for all expenses including registration, accommodation, and travel. If selected, the presentation must not be presented at any other industry event within the same calendar year. The final presentation will correspond with the original session description. All final presentations will be submitted to our review process and if they do not comply with all conditions your presentation will be removed from the program. All speakers must provide NOAH with a copy of their presentation (proprietary information can be removed) to post online for attendees to download. We will not be producing printed or CD proceedings or handouts. Attendees will have the opportunity starting 1 week prior to the event to download the proceedings if they wish to bring printed copies.

How to Submit:

Tips on Completing the Application:
You cannot save your online submission once you have started. You must complete and submit the form in a single session.

Noah and Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Speaking Guidelines:
All parties interested in speaking at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo must read through the information above and complete the online submission form to be reviewed by the Board. Unless a submission is received via the online form it will not be considered for inclusion in the program. Please review our guidelines and policies prior to preparing your submission. By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to the conditions outlined above. For more information on the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo and its guidelines, please refer to this link.

Review Process:
The NOAH Board will review all proposals. Unfortunately, we are not able to select and showcase all proposals. NOAH requires that each submission include a complete description of the presentation that is being proposed. NOAH reserves the right to work with speakers to adjust or change their session title, description or content to meet the needs of our audience and conference programming.