Conference By Focus Area

NOAH Sessions
Tuesday, September 17


9/17/2019  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH1A: NOAH Welcome Session, Organizational Update and Arts in Community Health Collaboration

Lisa Wong
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School
Claire de Boer
Director, Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Center Stage Arts in Health, Penn State
Carleen Graham
Director, HGOco
Jennifer Townsend
Manager, Creative Arts Therapies, Houston Methodist Hospital

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:45 AM - 11:15 PM

Creative Community Collaborations: Bridge-building and Alliances in Arts and Health
Lisa Wong, Claire de Boer

Physician/musician/educator Dr. Lisa Wong and artist/educator/administrator Clare de Boer have helped create robust partnerships between arts and health organizations in their own communities of Boston, MA and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

In this interactive workshop, Lisa and Claire will share their own experiences of building bridges across institutions and organizations. They will identify common themes and challenges. We will invite participants to create a map of key stakeholders in their own communities and problem-solve around creating new interdisciplinary alliances.


Transforming Self-Orientation and Building Community: A Partnership Between Houston Grand Opera and Houston Methodist’s Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
Carlene Graham, Jennifer Townsend

Music has the capacity to build community and transform the self-orientation of both artist and participant as seen in the partnership between a premier opera company and major hospital’s acute inpatient psychiatric unit. The four-day residency creates a space for inpatient psychiatric patients, staff and performers to learn from each other, develop coping patterns and creatively explore the role that music plays in recovery. Residency evaluation survey results and therapist/artist reflections will be shared to demonstrate outcomes.


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9/17/2019  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH1B: Creating Arts in Health Programs

Shanti Norris
Lead Consultant Life with Cancer/Smith Center Integrative Arts & Healing Program, Inova Schar Cancer Institute
Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C
Executive Director, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Sage Bolte
Chief Philanthropy Officer and President, Inova Health Foundation
Scott Stoner
Vice President for Programs and Resources, Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Ilona van der Ven
Critical Care Nurse, The Alaska Native Medical Center
Tina Woods
Clinical Psychologist, Senior Director of Community Health Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM


Co-Creating an Integrative Arts and Healing Program Within an Ambulatory Cancer Treatment Center.
Shanti Norris, Scott Stoner, Sage Bolte, Jennifer Bires

Smith Center and LWC undertook a two-year collaboration to develop an innovative Arts and Healing model that incorporates integrative oncology practices and Arts and Healing programs for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute (ISCI). Working with patients, caregivers, clinicians and stakeholders, Smith Center led the initiative that includes a permanent art collection, a Healing Arts Gallery, a professional Artist-in-Residence program and culinary arts in collaboration with LWC and their existing integrative oncology programs.


Starting Arts in Healthcare Programs: Navigating the Path between Academic and Government Hospitals
Ilona van der Ven, Tina Woods

An intensive care unit nurse and a Community Health Services psychologist will present the trials and tribulations as well as the fulfilling moments of starting an arts in health program in an Indian Health Service Native Alaskan Medical Center. This will be contrasted with the process of starting an arts in health program in a small community academic facility in Cooperstown, NY.


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9/17/2019  |  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH2A: Artful Impact: Design and Exhibits in Healthcare Facilities

Jennie Hydro, NCIDQ
Senior Interior Designer, Stantec Architecture Inc.
Nikki Mancuso, IIDA, NCIDQ
Interior Designer, Stantec Architecture Inc.
Marianne Barthel
Director of Arts, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Gordon Huether
Artist, Gordon Huether
Ken King
Chief Administrative Services Officer, El Camino Hospital

Creating Spaces with Emotion Through Integration of Architecture and Art
Jennie Hydro, Nikki Mancuso

We will review case studies including a café at Pennsylvania Hospital; adaptive reuse at Penn Medicine; and an ocean-inspired seaside facility at AtlantiCare. We will explore how to transform space into patient-centric environments promoting wellness of body, mind, and soul. Partnered with Harvard Research, we conducted a biophilic design study over 1.5 including testing hypotheses which will be explored.


Destigmatizing Mental Illness Through the Arts
Marianne Barthel

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is currently hosting the compelling 99 Faces Project about destigmatizing Mental Illness. This presentation will demonstrate the power of the arts in addressing pressing issues in our communities that will inspire education, action and understanding. It will give you the tools to maximize your resources and time in planning for programming as well as how to create community internally and externally to ensure the greatest impact of an exhibit or program.


Patient-Centered Environments: The Lasting Effect of Art in Facilities
Gordon Huether, Ken King

This lecture leverages quantitative data to showcase the lasting positive effects of integrating art into healthcare facilities. Currently there is a need to shift our healthcare infrastructure to support more patient-centered care. This discussion provides an irrefutable case for how art in healthcare environments provides a solution to this need and enhances the healthcare system through analysis of data collected from various case studies.


9/17/2019  |  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH2B: Arts in Medical Education

Gina Pribaz Vozenilek, MFA, MA
Writer, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Ryoko Hamaguchi
Medical Student, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth Gaufberg
Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance

Writing to Know What We Think: A Creative Writing Workshop Model for Medical Students to Engage Healthcare Topics Together Through Art

Gina Pribaz Vozenilek (interactive) 

Medical students, preoccupied with acquiring knowledge in a competitive environment, are rarely asked to pause and consider the “why” of what they are learning. This session will demonstrate a creative writing workshop model that has been developed to help medical students explore what they think about the ethical and emotional complexities that underpin real world medicine. Writing creatively in a constructive group environment creates community and connection among writers and can guide them to fresh insights, perspectives, self-awareness, and compassionate competence. This activity will consist of an overview of the Amherst Writer’s Method, a brief discussion of a poem, a writing prompt, and guidance in helpful feedback and discussion.


The Human Portrait: An Application of the Visual Arts in Medicine

Ryoko Hamaguchi 

This talk contextualizes three case examples of my work within a broader ethical fabric of the integration of the arts in medicine. Initially a single set of portraits of organ donors and recipients in the cystic fibrosis community, my work now includes more than thirty live patient portraits, giving voice to patient narratives that enrich our often-myopic understanding of disease. I discuss the potential of the visual arts as a vehicle of community-building in medicine, as well as the ethical dilemmas that pervade this work, including the danger of sensationalizing human suffering at the expense of artistic expression.


Integrating the Arts and Humanities into Medical Education: From Fun to Fundamental

Elizabeth Gaufberg

A growing evidence base suggests that learning experiences that integrate the arts and humanities within medical education may lead to a variety of important learning outcomes. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has launched a major strategic initiative to advance the integration of the arts and humanities across the continuum of medical education.This session will provide an overview of the AAMC strategic initiative, as well as highlight successful approaches to arts and humanities teaching within medical education. The presentation will make linkages to key medical education learning outcomes, as well as to the educational research that supports these practices.



9/17/2019  |  1:45 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH3A: PLENARY: Professionalism

Claire de Boer
Director, Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Center Stage Arts in Health, Penn State
Linh Dang
Senior Director, NYC Health + Hospitals Arts in Medicine
Todd Frazier
Director, Houston Methodist Hospital's Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM)

Real-life Arts in Health Case Studies Translate the Code of Ethics and Standards

Claire de Boer, Ari Albright, Todd Frazier, Linh Dang

NOAH Board Members and Members will present 3-5 Case Studies of Arts in Health experiences and lessons learned that illustrate the Code of Ethics and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals. NOAH President Todd Frazier will lead will lead a dynamic interactive panel that encourages audience participation to identify how the case studies relate to the NOAH publication.

Suggested reading prior to the session: NOAH Code of Ethics for Arts in Health Professionals and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals (2018). The (15-minute read) publication will also be available at the session. Case Study presenters include Kerry Royer and Maegan DuBois.


Developing an Arts in Health Core Curriculum 

Ari Albright, Ferol Carytsas, Claire de Boer, Todd Frazier, Katie White Swanson

Representatives from NOAH’s ongoing Arts in Health Core Curriculum project will update attendees regarding the curriculum development process, author teams, and objectives for this foundational resource.


9/17/2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH4A: KEYNOTE: Research: Unpacking Opportunities for Researcher/Practitioner Partnerships in Arts and Health


The National Endowment for the Arts has modeled cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary research collaborations at the federal level—notably in the arts and health. Some of these programs and their resulting publications offer a template for local and regional efforts. Examples of such assets include the Sound Health partnership, the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, and the NEA Guide to Community-Based Research on the Arts and Health. Sunil Iyengar will review these resources and then explain the goals and accomplishments of the NEA Research Labs program and other research funding opportunities that can incentivize meaningful partnerships between arts organizations and academic researchers studying the arts’ relationship to health and well-being.

Wednesday, September 18


9/18/2019  |  8:15 AM - 9:15 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NHKN: KEYNOTE: Arts in Public Health: Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America

Jill Sonke
Director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine, University of Florida (UF)
Kelley Sams
Visiting Research Scholar, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine
Stacy Springs, MS, PhD
Research Integrity Officer / Research Associate, Center for Evidence Synthesis, Harvard University / Brown University School of Public Health
Susan Magsamen
Executive Director, International Arts + Minds Lab

Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America

Jill Sonke, David Fakunle, Susan Magsamen, Kelley Sams, Stacey Springs

Today, innovation is taking root at the intersections of arts and culture, public health and community development throughout the nation. Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America is a national initiative designed to accelerate this innovation and to build healthy communities in alignment with national public health goals. The translational initiative engages a comprehensive agenda of research, collaboration, publication and communication to drive significant advancements in public health through evidence-based use of the arts. The session will overview the initiative and share findings from six national working group convenings, a field survey, focus groups and scoping review. It will introduce several new publications produced by the initiative, including a white paper, concept brief, and governmental advisory briefs, designed to advance evidence-based practice and policy innovation at the intersections of the arts, public health and community development.


9/18/2019  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH6A: Museums as Health Partners

Lorena Bradford
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center
Julia Langley
Faculty Director, Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program
Alice Garfield
Artful Healing Coordinator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Laurel Anderson
Certified Child Life Specialist, Inpatient Orthopedic/Surgical Unit, Boston Children's Hospital
Kirsten Getchell
Child Life Clinical and Program Manager, Boston Children's Hospital

Museums and Medical Providers: Partners in Health Care

Lorena Bradford, Julia Langley

Given the demands placed on medical staff—increased patient loads, long work hours, and less one-to-one time with patient—it is not surprising that the healthcare system is seeing a rise in medical error, high rates of burnout, and a decline in patient satisfaction. Lorena Bradford and Julia Langley have formed a unique collaboration to explore the intersection of the visual arts and healthcare. In-gallery experiences with original works of art allow healthcare professionals and students to deconstruct, analyze, and practice skills that can enhance their work with patients, colleagues, and caregivers.


Putting the Art in Partnership: Building Collaborative Programs Between Museums and Hospitals

Alice Garfield, Laurel Anderson, Kirsten Getchell

Art is a powerful tool for healing, and community partnerships between child life professionals and arts institutions combine the strengths of each partner to deliver high-quality, child- and family-centered care. The MFA Artful Healing program uses the artistic resources of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to support Child Life at Boston Children’s Hospital by providing creative arts interventions for children, families, staff, and volunteers. Attendees will learn about some of the challenges and benefits of forming community partnerships and will gain knowledge and tools to build partnerships between arts and healthcare institutions in their own communities.


9/18/2019  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH6B: Connective Performance in Arts in Health

Tamela Aldridge
Executive Director, Only Make Believe
Christopher Wilson
Regional Manager, Only Make Believe
Ermyn King, MA, RDT
Independent Contractor, ArtStream, Inc.

Finding Commonality Via Interactive Theatre

Tamela Aldridge and Christopher Wilson

This presentation will demonstrate how theatre engagement improves the individual and collective experience of pediatric patients, families and staff while in healthcare settings. Attendees will be able to identify theatre tactics to facilitate engagement in a hospital setting. Theatre can enable inclusion and connection in hospital and healthcare settings, specifically with pediatric patients.


Values and Applications of Puppetry as Connector and Community Builder in Health

Ermyn King

As an integrative, flexible, and captivating international art form spanning all generations, puppetry has myriad arts in health applications with proven benefits as a connector and community builder. This session will review evidence-based values of selected puppetry applications in clinical and public health contexts. Strategic and novel uses of puppetry as a powerful medium for optimizing care, health, and well-being will be examined. Varied types of puppets and puppet stages effective in arts in health settings will be demonstrated, approaches to puppetry that ensure access and inclusion will be addressed, and puppetry in health resources will be provided to help launch or enrich puppetry in health initiatives.


From Stage to Clinic: Student-built Performances in Hospital Settings

Corianna Moffatt, Anaís Azul, Moisès Fernández Via

This presentation explores the rich intersections between learning, caring, making and connecting through the arts in nontraditional settings. ArtsLab is a partnership between the Boston University College of Fine Arts and the BU Medical campus. Sense of Space is a Case Study led by ArtsLab Fellow Corianna Moffatt. College students from the BU College of Fine Arts created performances in conversation with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s (BHCHP), a respite center dedicated to service Boston’s homeless population. ArtsLab Fellow Anaís Azul developed C@ntar, a music protocol to care for Surgical Unit patients at Boston Medical Center through active-listening and genuine interactions. This panel will focus on the impacts artistic collaboration can have on a patient population as well as on artists-in-training, creating a richer artistic community.


9/18/2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH7A: Arts in Health Programs for Special Populations

Linh Dang
Senior Director, NYC Health + Hospitals Arts in Medicine
Ginny O'Brien, MFA, MA, BSN, RN
Art Program Manager/Resident Artist, Kathleen & Joseph Curatolo Pediatric Visual Arts Program
Jenny Baxley Lee, MA, BC-DMT
Assistant Director, Senior Lecturer & a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, University of Florida's Center for Arts in Medicine
Cindy Perlis
Director, Art for Recovery, UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Acts of Kindness with Compassion Cards

Linh Dang (interactive)

This interactive activity shows individuals how to draw faces on small business size cards with words of compassion, encouragement and/or affirmation.


Developing and Implementing a Visual Arts Program Within a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Clinic

Ginny O’Brien

In December 2017, donor funding became available to create a dedicated visual arts program in the newly opened Pediatric Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinic at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY. Developing the program in compliance with NOAH’s Code of Ethics and Standards, it was essential our program model complement the dynamics of a newly designed pediatric hematology/oncology clinic where specialized, multi-faceted care is provided by various health professionals. Illustrative examples of art activities will be presented via Power Point including art making techniques, prototype development instructions, finished artworks, in-clinic pop-up shows, and a discussion for delivering art activities for various in-clinic scenarios will be shared.


Making the Invisible Visible: Arts Practices in Palliative and End of Life Care

Jenny Lee

Where are the arts taking place in palliative and/or end of life care, as distinct from creative arts therapies? How can artists best complement the work of creative arts therapists? What does an individual receiving palliative or end of life care uniquely stand to gain by engaging in art making with a professional, practicing artist? Working in story circles, participants will share their experiences engaging the arts with individuals with a life-limiting illness or approaching end of life. Themes that emerge will be shared with the larger group. Arts in health, as yet professionalizing as a field in an interprofessional domain, may benefit from clarity that is derived by isolating arts practices as distinct from creative arts therapies in response to life limiting illness.


The UCSF Art for Recovery Firefly Project: Conversations about what it means to be alive

Cindy Perlis 

Created in 1992, the Firefly Project enables adult patients coping with life-threatening illnesses (cancer and AIDS) to exchange letters and a collaborative art project monthly, throughout the school year, with UCSF Medical Students and SF Bay Area Teens. The presentation will describe why the project was created, the community that participates and the mission to bring inter-generational groups together to ask the really hard questions sight unseen.


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9/18/2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH7B: Arts for Trauma and Caregiver Support

Susan Mericle, ATRBC
Art Therapist, Texas Health Dallas Presbyterian Hospital
M.J. Gallop
Project Specialist for Arts Integration, Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist
Antonio "Tony" Milland-Santiago
, Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital
Jeniris González-Alverio
NICU Music Therapist and Clinical Supervisor For Berklee Students, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Gail Zarren
Program Director of Expanded Arts Access and Healing Arts for Kids, Young Audiences
Tanya Maggi
Dean of Community Engagement and Professional Studies, New England Conservatory of Music
Kirsten Lamb
Double Bassist, Vocalist, and Educator

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Using Art as a Secondary Trauma Intervention

Susan Mericle

As three patients presented with the Ebola virus, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas responded to an unprecedented situation not encountered by any hospital in this country. Staff managed these patients and excelled in caring for them under extremely difficult conditions. Debriefing after a crisis of this magnitude required unique methods. Using the arts became one of the techniques for healing. This presentation will share the arts process, methodology, and some vignettes utilized with the frontline staff and all other impacted personnel. Participants will leave with an understanding of a practical application of how to use the arts to enhance the debriefing process in the acute stress phase of secondary trauma.


Creating Community Through Employee Choirs

M.J. Gallop (interactive)

This interactive arts activity will demonstrate how group singing through employee choirs can readily create profound connections with one another while increasing employee engagement and resilience, instilling institutional values, and improving the individual’s sense of mindfulness and awareness. In addition to fostering community among employees, hospital choirs create connections with patients, families, visitors, and staff through performances that have a humanizing effect on the environment of care.


Right After Hurricane Maria: Using the Creative Arts for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Antonio Milland-Santiago, Jeniris González-Alverio

Hurricane Maria was one of the most devastating natural disasters in the modern era. This phenomenon had a profound social, emotional, economic, and psychological impact on the people of Puerto Rico. With the help of creative artists and board-certified music therapists in the island and abroad, arts programs were created to help the people of Puerto Rico build resilience, express their emotions, build relationships, and elevate the collective morale. The purpose of this presentation is to share the experiences of the people on the island and abroad impacted by Hurricane Maria, the coalitions and organizations that took an active role in art recovery initiatives, and share effective artistic models that can be used after a natural disaster as a creative approach to psychological first aid.


Expanding Horizons Through Music: A Collaborative Model Using Music to Foster Wellness in Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness and Trauma

The Expanding Horizons Through Music program addresses cognitive, behavioral, emotional and learning challenges of homeless children (ages 2-5) experiencing poverty and trauma.This session explores the best practices that have emerged from the program’s multi-layered partnerships, including design and implementation of YAMA’s preschool music program, the training of participating conservatory students, and program modifications that have been made through on-going assessment.

Gail Zarren, Kirsten Lamb, Tanya Maggi


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9/18/2019  |  4:15 PM - 5:15 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH8A: PLENARY: Arts in Health Discussions

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Interest Group Discussions on Arts in Health Topics

Participants will follow the Kitchen Table discussion format with facilitators to advance ideas and discourse.


Poster Exhibit

Poster presenters will be available to discuss their featured projects.


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Thursday, September 19


9/19/2019  |  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH9A: NOAH Membership Meeting

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


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9/19/2019  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

NH10A: Building Inclusive Community through Arts in Health

Ronna Kaplan
Chair, Center for Music Therapy
Elsa Vazquez-Melendez, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP)
Therese Woodring, MD
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
Gina Pribaz Vozenilek, MFA, MA
Writer, University of Illinois College of Medicine

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM


9:15 AM - 9:55 AM
But Where Are You FROM? First Steps Toward Cultural Competence

Ronna Kaplan

A glossary of crucial vocabulary when discussing cultural intersections in Creative Arts Therapies and Arts in Health will be shared. Some of these concepts include culture, discrimination, prejudice, injustice, oppression, power, bias, and microaggressions. Participants will be encouraged to acknowledge ways in which they have been oppressed, what biases they might have or think about how we might oppress others.


Use of Storytelling as a Way to Talk About Identity and Implicit Bias

Elsa Vazquez-Melendez, Therese Woodring, Gina Pribaz Vozenilek

In this workshop, our goal is to provide a framework on how to create, organize and open the discussion of bias through storytelling. We use Piaget’s theory of constructivism, allowing participants to create meaning and build on past experiences and current topics. This workshop will provide the audience with tools and strategies to implement curriculum addressing implicit bias through storytelling. We will provide a framework to lead discussions about culture, humility, identity and self-awareness. The audience will utilize adult learning theories by reflecting on their own personal stories about stereotypes. Patient-centered care that starts by connecting through storytelling will help improve communication and empathy. Innovative approaches for addressing implicit bias are needed to facilitate a successful transition into a diverse practice.



Participatory Ceremony Using Movement, Music, and Sound with Lesley University


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SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH