Shands Arts in Medicine, Gainesville FL
One of the pioneering programs in the field, Shands Arts
in Medicine serves as a model to many other programs nationwide.
The program serves both Shands and Shands at AGH hospitals,
and utiliizes nine artists-in-residence and over thirty volunteers
working in the clinical setting using dance, music, drama,
creative writing and the visual arts to enhance the patient
CAHRE - Center for Arts and Healthcare Research and Education
It is the mission of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare
Research and Education to facilitate research, education and
training in the use of the arts to enhance the healing process,
to further develop arts in health care as career options for
artists and to promote art and creativity as catalysts for
developing healthy lifestyles. The Center provides a framework
for interdisciplinary collaboration among University of Florida
faculty and students, healthcare providers, clinical artists,
and our local and global communities. The Center develops
and effects interdisciplinary research studies and educational
curricula on all levels and serves as a national model for
the arts in healthcare research, education and training.
International Harp Therapy Program
This program trains and certifies harpists to perform bedside
for patients all over the world. Conceived and created by
Christina Tourin, the program has trained over two hunderd
harpists in the art of sharing their music with patients.
Practitioner graduates of the International Harp Therapy Program
use the small harp as a bedside instrument with the intention
of supporting the recipient's goal of healing. This goal may
be emotional, physical, mental or spiritual in nature. The
soothing sounds of the harp not only can enhance the quality
of life, but create the possibility of interactive work in
which the recipient might play the harp.