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Roughly half of America’s healthcare institutions are now offering vibrant arts initiatives in their facilities, but who is managing these programs, and what do these leaders need to know to effectively and efficiently do their jobs?

There is ever-increasing need for trained specialists to professionally manage organizational policies and practices involving activities such as visual art exhibits, public performances, bedside arts activities, and arts programs for medical staff.

Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare began in fall 2013 as a team-developed project involving roughly 20 leading scholars and practitioners working in
 the area of arts in healthcare from throughout the United States. The goal of this book project has been to gather the collective insight and experience from leading arts in healthcare scholars and practitioners from across the United States in one accessible reference that will serve to educate university students and healthcare practitioners in this high- growth field. It has been written to address the needs of professionals in multiple fields, including arts management, healthcare administration, architecture and design, arts therapy, and nursing.

Completed in spring 2015, this reference book is the first of its kind to focus on the professional leadership and management of arts programs and activities in healthcare settings.

The book is comprised of 18 chapters that are divided into 5 parts: (1) Understanding the arts in healthcare field; (2) Managing environmental arts in healthcare programs and initiatives; (3) Managing participatory arts in healthcare programs; (4) Managing arts in healthcare programs for special populations; and (5) Managing arts in healthcare programs for caregivers. Routledge will publish the book simultaneously in hardback, paperback, and e-book formats by late October 2015.

In short, Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare synthesizes a quarter century of research and practice into a single resource designed to assist anyone who is interested in transforming the healthcare experience through engaging the visual and performing arts.

  1. To develop the research agenda and the research team;
  2. To complete a book project titled Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare
  3. To develop arts program evaluation tools to be tested in partner healthcare institutions;
  4. To develop pilot clinical studies examining Music-Thanatology as an arts intervention;
  5. To identify, target, and cultivate funding opportunities.

The Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP) is incubating the Arts in Healthcare Research Consortium’s development, providing an institutional structure within which the group’s affiliated research partners continue to explore their primary research question: What is the role of arts programs in fostering an organizational culture of patient- centered care and an environment of healing in hospitals and hospices?