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Wednesday, October 10, 2018  |  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

PLENARY SESSION: Arts in Health Program Models II

Claire de Boer
Director, Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Center Stage Arts in Health, Penn State
Rachel Damroth, MPH, BS, BSN, RN
Bedside Nurse, Bassett Medical Center
Eliana Gilad
Founder,, Ancient Wisdom and Healing Music Institute
Maria Jukic, JD
Executive Director, Arts & Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic
Dana Osterling, MT-BC, NMT
Music Therapy Program, Boston Children's Hospital
Cindy Perlis
Director, Art for Recovery, UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
Laki Vazakas
Artist in Residence, Boston Children’s Hospital and Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM  Mindful Music Meditation: Ancient Sound & Rhythm for Rest, Focus & Rejuvenation

How can we remain clear and calm inside when everything around us feels overstimulating or anxiety-provoking? Join Eliana Gilad, ancient healing sound pioneer, TEDx presenter, and founder of, in this self-care session for a deeply satisfying and restful meditative experience that will help you start the day on the right foot and gain the most from your last conference.  Wordless vocals bypass your intellect and release tension, while rhythm grounds your body, The two together balance polarities. 

This experiential journey of ancient sounds and rhythms sung into a biblical drum has been medically proven to reduce stress, replenish energy and focus your mind for creative thinking and effective decision making. 

8:30 AM—8:45 AM Building an Arts in Health Program in a Major Medical Center

This session shares the experience of building an arts in health program in a major medical center over a 30-year career. Lessons learned will be explained including assessing the needs of the patients and staff, self-care in an extremely intense setting, creating boundaries, understanding the needs of the patients and staff, and understanding the politics of an institution while recognizing the need for clinical support.


8:45 AM—9:00 AM Artful Healing: Supporting Life Transitions Using Digital Storytelling and Music

When children and families are in a time of significant change, stress, transition, joy, or pain, they are often searching for ways to make meaning of and process their experience. Through art, patients are able to regain control of their story and express themselves in a humanistic way. We will share case studies demonstrating the process of supporting an individual through a life event and how this can be coordinated in an inpatient medical setting.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to summarize the benefit of creative arts therapies as a tool for coping support and feel confident in disseminating this knowledge at their home facility
2. Participants will learn techniques to support patients and families using music and art-based interventions.
3. Participants will hear specific case examples and have the opportunity to view films and other media connected to patient projects/experiences.
4. Participants will gain insight into ways a creative arts program can function within the context of an interdisciplinary team when supporting patients through transitions.


9:00 AM—9:15 AM The Many Blooms of Arts in Health: A look at Penn State Hershey, Cleveland Clinic and Bassett Healthcare

Integrating the arts into healthcare can take many forms. This session will look at three different programs.  Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, and Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY ­­ will discuss their programs, structure, and funding. Arts in health programs can start and grow and evolve differently – and anyone can do it!

Learning Objectives:

  1. To describe the integration of the arts into various healthcare systems: visual art, performances, art and music therapy, and arts programming.
  2. To share reporting and funding structures of various programs.
  3. To discuss strategies for implementing arts programming in healthcare environments.
  4. Analyze advantages and disadvantages of the different program models.
9:15 AM—9:30 AM Q&A/Discussion
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH