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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

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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SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH