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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

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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SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH