Marianne Barthel

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Arts Program


Marianne Barthel joined the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Arts Program as a Coordinator in 2013 and became Director in 2018. In this role, Ms. Barthel co-manages the Creative Arts Program with the Support Services Manager at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and chairs the Art Acquisitions and Aesthetics Committees. In 2017 the Creative Arts Program won the NH Governor’s Award for Arts in Healthcare.

Ms. Barthel also curates the art for Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s world-class permanent art collection as well as for the quarterly art shows in eight galleries throughout the hospital campus. In addition, she oversees a robust performing arts program at D-H, booking outside groups for special performances and managing a cadre of talented volunteers. She is currently working with LiveWell WorkWell and the Culture of Wellness group to provide arts and humanities programming to help address provider burnout. In addition, Ms. Barthel works closely with the office of employee well-being and the diversity office to use the arts as a vehicle for conversations and change ranging from clinician burnout to equity, inclusion and belonging.

She has presented locally, regionally and nationally about the role of arts in health and how art can be used as a vehicle for difficult discussions and education. In collaboration with the Department of Neurology, the Arts Program hosts an annual regional research symposium on Arts and Humanities in Health.

She is firmly committed to elevating the role of arts in health through research and programming and enhancing the patient and employee experience through the arts at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.