Karen Grabowski
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These programs provide art, dance, music, and/or writing in a healthcare setting.


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 experience.

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.





Modern Research Finds Art has Impact on Health!

Art-making reduces anxiety in patients with cancer and blood diseases.

Music raises pain thresholds and reduces postoperative pain medications.

Creative writing reduces anxiety, depression, and doctor visits.

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