Here’s an arts organization working to instill art into the healing process – Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Louisville. In the fall of last year, Norton Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville collaborated with Kentucky Center to have artists work at their healthcare facilites for a short-time with funding from the Humana Foundation. The premise of the program was to provide diversional activities in the form of arts to patients, thereby helping them feel better. Finally, a few more businesses who ‘get it!”
Robin Glazer of the Creative Center in New York knows first hand how creating art helps patients feel better and stated in the article, ” but not all health facilities are willing to invest in these kinds of arts programs. This is a hard sell for a community that’s never heard of it before.”
However, there are many hospital systems with art and music programs, but what differs between the healthcare facilities in Louisville and the Creative Center and other arts in healthcare programs is, education in a healthcare discipline. For example, Kentucky Performing Arts Center and the Creative Center uses local artists in providing artistic services to patients. In both organizations, the “intent of the program is to provide opportunities for patients, their families, for staff to encounter the arts, to have an artistic experience, that we believe will enhance their healing process,” according to the Kentucky Center program director. Other arts in healthcare programs are structured around the nursing, therapeutic and holistic models where healthcare professionals are also artists, and may have undergone additional study and/or certification in arts in healthcare courses, and integrate local artists into their programs. The model and intent of creative programs will depend on the healthcare organization’s leaders.
Is additional study in this emerging and growing field necessary? Not necessarily, but I think certification or additonal study will become a trend. In healthcare, academic achievement in one’s profession is a driving force for many professionals in order to differentiate themselves and to excel in their field. So, obtaining certifications in developing, facilitating and implementing creativity and the arts for patients and families is not surprising to me at all.
For upcoming posts, I will research whether there are any creative programs in healthcare organization in Georgia, and tell you my findings. It should be interesting to see who does or doesn’t have creative programs, and whether they’re large, small, educational or innovative healthcare institutions.