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.
Everyone has the right to access the benefits of the arts in healthcare, and this book masterfully points the way. Innovator Patricia Dewey Lambert has assembled an indispensable collection of chapters that clarify parameters for the establishment of much needed arts in healthcare programs and management of organizational policies and practices. As a Registered and Board-Certified art therapist, I’m especially pleased that this volume aptly distinguishes the integrative mental health profession of art therapy and other creative therapies (such as dance, drama, and music therapy) from the arts in healthcare field. But the message is clear –opportunities for all aspects of the arts in health are endless. There aren’t enough practitioners to reach all those in need of arts-related services, and Lambert’s collaborative work aims to change that. This rich resource represents a significant contribution to the furtherance and professionalization of the arts in healthcare, and will surely lead to an increase in training opportunities and creation of programs – in the service of those most deserving of access to the life-enhancing qualities of the arts in all its forms.
Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, Board President, the American Art Therapy Association; Research Professor, George Washington University Art Therapy; award-winning author and researcher.
A splendid book that will be essential for anyone planning to create, serve in, or administer a healthcare arts program. Full of sound theory and useful guidance.
Frederick Foote, M.D., co-founder, Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership and the Green Road Project
Patricia Dewey Lambert’s Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare is a veritable encyclopedia of essential knowledge on the burgeoning arts and healthcare field. Each chapter, written by the leading arts and health scholars, practitioners and luminaries of our time, shines a light on the essential aspects of quality arts and health programs that are meeting today’s demands for patient and family-centered care in America’s healthcare system. This is an important resource not only for new and emerging managers and practitioners, but for seasoned arts and health leaders and advocates, who are interested in fully understanding the multi-dimensional application of the arts in public health policies and practices.
Marete Wester, MS, Senior Director of Arts Policy, Americans for the Arts, USA
Part 1: Understanding the Arts in Healthcare Field 1. Introducing the Arts in Healthcare Field Patricia Dewey Lambert, Judy Rollins, Jill Sonke and Randy Cohen 2. Mapping the Arts in Healthcare Field Katie White 3. Professionalizing the Arts in Healthcare Field Jill Sonke Part 2: Managing Environmental Arts in Healthcare Programs and Initiatives 4. Integrating Arts Planning into Healthcare Design Misty Chambers 5. Healing Gardens Annette Ridenour 6. Managing Art Collections in Healthcare Environments Donna Glassford 7. Exhibit Galleries in Healthcare Facilities Elaine Sims Part 3: Managing Participatory Arts in Healthcare Programs 8. Performances in Public Spaces Jill Sonke 9. Bedside Arts Activities Judy Rollins 10. Evaluating the Arts in Healthcare Program: Building a Story About the Program's Activities, Paths to Improvement, and Achievements Jana Kay Slater Part 4: Managing Arts in Healthcare Programs for Special Populations11. How to Start an Arts Program for Military Populations Naj Wikoff 12. The Arts in Pediatric Healthcare Settings Judy Rollins 13. Arts, Health, and Aging Gay Powell Hanna 14. The Use of Music-Thanatology with Palliative and End-of-life Populations in Healthcare Settings Jane Franz and Sandy LaForge 15. Evoking Spirit: Utilizing the Arts with Adults with Cancer Shanti Norris Part 5: Managing Arts in Healthcare Programs for Caregivers 16. Using the Arts to Care for Paraprofessional and Family Caregivers Lynn Kable 17. Arts Programs for Medical Staff Nancy Morgan 18. Preparing the Mind and Learning to See: Art Museums as Training Grounds for Medical Students and Residents Lisa Abia-Smith