I want to be a liaison, guide, and director for Pinellas County artists to work in the healthcare field to increase the exchange between the two worlds of art and healthcare.
The University of Floridas’ Arts In Medicine program teaches artists how to work in the healthcare field and how to develop programming for art to be used in the recovery process or maintaining well-being. It is not art therapy, but can work closely with creative art therapists to give deeper, richer art experiences. This new field is being adopted as part of recovery, improving quality of life in hospitals, rehab centers, support groups, community centers, aftercare programs, and assisted living facilities. During my first year in the program I interned in Dunedin and St. Petersburg with Voices of Hope for Aphasia a non-profit support group for people with aphasia. I created and instructed art projects with members and it was a wonderful learning experience.
I will graduate from UF in December 2019 with my MA in Arts in Medicine.
Below is a listing of projects I have engaged in within my Arts in Medicine career.
ARTLINK AT CREATIVE CLAY
ArtLink is a program run by Creative Clay a non-profit arts organization in St. Petersburg, FL. This program encourages local artists to work with young artists with disabilities to create a body of work that will be part of a group show this fall at The Museum of Fine Art., St. Pete. The young artist will learn processes of developing a body of work, preparing for exhibition, and writing a clear artist statement.
I am currently working with ArtLink to develop a body of work and professional artist skills.
In a two week intensive, I shadowed working artists in residence at UF Shands Hospital while gaining hands on knowledge of the needs and requirements for arts programming in a hospital. This summer intensive also brought a community of artists from all over the world who are interested in developing and exploring the arts in medicine field.
MARKS OF HUMANITY COMMUNITY PRINTMAKING PROJECT
Pasco Hernando State College hired me to develop and instruct an art project for three of their campuses for their annual Peace Week 2018. This project centered around the theme of Humanity. I used printmaking to engage the students to create symbols that represented how they connect to humanity.
MARKS OF COMPASSION PRINTMAKING PROJECT
For my Compassion and Art class in 2018, I reworked my Marks of Humanity printmaking project to focus on how people experience compassion and how they can perform compassionate acts. I presented this this project at the Dunedin Library and engaged all ages throughout the day.
ARTS FOR HEALTH FLORIDA
I am a member of Arts for Health Florida and was hired to help facilitate arts for wellness projects during a busy Tampa work day so that people on their lunch break could stop by and relax for a moment creating.
Theatre Exceptional hired me to develop background imagery for their production of Our Town. I worked with all of the cast to paint symbols that represented their characters in the play. The final production was engaging, moving and beyond my expectations.