Arts Program at UW Medical Center

Laura Sindell, Seeds to Save Seeds to Sow

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.

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For more information about the Art Program (Art Collection, Arts in Healing Program, or Music Program), contact Karen Neuhard-Forsythe at 206.598.6308.