Visiting Practitioner: Cindy Perlis


Art of Recovery with Cindy Perlis

Wednesday, January 27 at 2:00pm to 4:50pm

Lawrence Hall, Room 249
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

Join Cindy Perlis for a special presentation in AAD 410/510: Arts in Healthcare Management .

Cindy Perlis is a clinical artist and the Director of Art for Recovery at the University of California, San Francisco, where she enables people coping with life-threatening illnesses to express their creative spirit at a time when so much I s changing in their lives. Listening to their stories and helping patients to express their feelings through art experientials gives them an opportunity to say, “this is how it feels for me.”
Art for Recovery has become an umbrella for many special projects: the award winning Breast Cancer Quilts Project; the Firefly Project (an exchange of letters and art works between middle and high school healthy teens and adults coping with cancer and AIDS); 12-week SPIRIT art making workshops; 8-week writing and poetry workshops; ongoing art support groups and participation in studies being held at UCSF Medical Center. Patient artwork and the Breast Cancer Quilts have been exhibited  in hospital units, civic and corporate buildings, pharmaceutical companies across the country and renowned medical centers such as the National Institutes of Health.

Now Available: “Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare”

ArtsProgramsHealthcare_BookCoverEdited by Patricia Dewey Lambert, Associate Professor and Director of the Arts and Administration ProgramManaging Arts Programs in Healthcare  (Routledge, 2015) is the first reference book of its kind to focus on the professional leadership and management of arts programs and activities in healthcare settings.


A growing body of research demonstrates how the arts – including literary, performing and visual arts as well as architecture and design – can greatly enhance the experience of healthcare, contributing to improved health outcomes, a better patient experience and lower healthcare costs. This unique book provides an overview of what the arts in healthcare can achieve and how to implement the arts in the most effective manner.

Exploring possibilities for innovative program design and implementation – from healing gardens through public performances to bedside activities – the text draws on examples from a wide range of arts. The book then goes on to look at how programs can be aimed at specific populations and fields, such as children, palliative care and caregivers. This comprehensive book is an invaluable reference for all those studying or engaged in creating, designing, managing and evaluating arts in healthcare programs and initiatives.


“Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare”


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?

Therapy in Educational Settings (TIES) Conference

Lisa Abia-Smith, Director of Education and Outreach at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor in the Arts and Administration Program, has been selected as a presenter for the Therapy in Educational Settings (TIES) Conference. Abia-Smith will participate in the session titled “VSA International Organization on Arts and Disability: Oregon’s Affiliate Re-Emerges at the U of O Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.” This session explores how K-12 art programming is impacted by constricting school budgets. A re-emergent VSA Oregon affiliate can bridge the gap for students with disabilities. Many core curriculum and social skills competencies can be gained by experiencing Art in the Museum, Studio and thru student art displays. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an interactive and inquiry based tool for viewing the ambiguities within art. It can be used as an assessment tool in medicine, useful to OT/PT.
Participants will become familiar with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) and its resources for OT/PT and children with disabilities, VSA (Very Special Arts) International, the history of Oregon’s VSA Affiliate – where we’ve been, JSMA’s role in the Re-Emergence of Oregon’s VSA Affiliate – where we are going, and what an active VSA affiliate will mean to educators and students with disabilities.

Mapping the Arts in Healthcare Field

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As a part of a final synthesis research paper, “Mapping the Arts in Healthcare Field,” Katie White focused on the creation of an interactive geographic map and online community for the American arts in healthcare field. Her document discusses the process of mapping the field, the potential for online community through the PlaceStories cultural mapping platform, and the data resulting from the mapping process. Program typologies, geographic concentrations, growth trends, and government initiatives will be discussed, as well as a general contextualization of arts in healthcare within the American cultural field.

Katie White is a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Viola Performance with a supporting area of study in Arts Management.

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