Doing It Right: Arts Program at the University of Washington Medical Center


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 Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

 

 

University of Washington

Welcome to the Arts Program at University of Washington Medical Center

Art is everywhere in our world and art is essential.

Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

A growing body of evidence indicates that the presence of artwork, artists and art experiences in the patient-­‐care environment benefits patients and their loved ones.

Art provides a positive diversion, inspires hope, and contributes to an atmosphere of healing and restoration.

In the hospital setting, art addresses the health of the human body and spirit, reminding us of the human connections, life experiences and memories that can support and comfort us as we confront illness.

Since 1986, UW Medical Center has integrated art into patient care through its Art Program.

The Art Program consists of three parts: Arts in Healing, the Music Program and the Art Collection.

The Art Program complements the world-­‐class research and technology available to our patients and reinforces our commitment to bring beauty, creativity, fellowship and the boundless human imagination directly to the healing process.

Arts in Healing Program

In 1986, UW Medical Center (UWMC) was the first hospital in the region to establish an Arts in Healing Program and is now one of a few exclusive programs in the region to offer Art Therapy services through our Arts in Healing program.




Image: Laura Sindell, Seeds to Save Seeds to Sow




Dr. Parker’s Comments

This is one of the few medical centers I am aware of that promotes art as healing and has Art Therapy as an integral part of its program.

Excellent model for doing it right.

 




 

Link: Can Art Be Medicine

 




 

 

Dr. Parker is a 68 year old heart attack survivor and cardiac psychologist. He is an Honors graduate of Stanford University with forty years of clinical experience. Dr. Parker is available for consultation on heart matters. Contact him at heartcurrents(at)gmail.com.