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About Arts in Healthcare

Thank you for visiting the UK Arts in HealthCare website. The program was conceived simultaneously with the design and planning for Pavilion A, the new patient care facility. Since the opening of Pavilion A, the support and response has been amazing. We constantly receive feedback about the healing presence of art at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and many people visit the hospital just to see the art.

Happily the program does have a positive effect on our patients, families and staff and there is increasing data regarding the effects on stress, pain, length of stay and outcomes – all good news!

As the UK Arts in HealthCare program matures and grows we are looking for new ways to deliver the arts in the health care setting. Visual art is making its way into clinics and ambulatory public areas, music is present in the atrium and throughout the organization during the Holidays, the music therapy program is growing by leaps and bounds and takes music to the bedside to make a difference, but there are many other art forms – dance, poetry, drama that could touch the heart and spirit of a patient or a visitor.

As always we look to philanthropy to support our work, so if you have an interest in volunteering or assisting in furthering the program please call. We also want to hear your comments and ideas.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

  • Mission

    “Our mission is to create an environment of care and to focus on the spiritual and emotional well-being of our patients, families, caregivers and staff. The program recognizes the arts and the artists as powerful and positive forces in the healing process.”

    – UK Arts In HealthCare Advisory Committee 

    First and foremost, the art, music and landscaping are there to provide comfort and respite for our patients, their families and our staff. The program worked with faculty and staff to select the art that would hang in their work spaces and in the hallways where patients receive care. The art was selected with the needs of our patients and families in mind.

    An important component of the Arts in HealthCare program is education about the arts and the creative process. Several videos were created during the creation of the major public pieces. These videos feature the artists at work and their thoughts about having their work in a health care environment. To view videos on our featured artists, visit UK HealthCare’s YouTube channel.

    As a member of the Arts & Health Alliance, UK HealthCare has built on the findings and successes of other art programs across the country to create an art program at the forefront of this movement.

  • Recognition for Excellence

    The UK Arts in HealthCare program was conceived prior to construction of the new pavilion (2011) at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. As a result, the art is integrated with the design of the building. This unusual circumstance and the program’s deliberate outreach to campus, community and regional art partners has garnered much recognition and acclaim.

    Governor's Awards in the Arts: The UK Arts in HealthCare Program was awarded the 2012 Business Award for the Arts. This is the commonwealth of Kentucky’s highest honor in the arts. The Governor’s Award recognizes organizations that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The Kentucky Arts Council coordinates the nomination process for these awards.

    Medi-Star Awards: The UK Arts in HealthCare Program was awarded the 2013 Consumer First Award which honors an organization that has demonstrated the most consumer-friendly program or facility. This award was selected by the community.

    Design & Health International Academy Awards: AECOM, lead architects on the new pavilion at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, submitted on behalf of the UK Arts in HealthCare program to the 2013 Design & Health International Academy Awards. Guests from all over the world attended the prestigious Design & Health International Academy Awards 2013 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia, on July 13, 2013, held during the 9th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition.

    After receiving almost 100 submissions across 10 different categories in key areas of global health care delivery, judging panels from across the globe made their recommendations for this year’s winners. The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Arts in HealthCare program, commissioned by UK HealthCare and created by AECOM, was named the winner in the “use of Art in the Patient Environment” category.



  • Workshops

    It is the goal of the Arts in HealthCare program to improve the quality of life for our patients and staff. To date, the program has conducted two therapeutic workshops.

    Body Mapping

    This four-day workshop was made possible through the collaboration of The College of Fine Arts, the Ruth Hunt Wood Foundation, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), the UK Arts in HealthCare Program and the UK HealthCare transplant team. In February 2013, Zavier Verhoest of Kenya served as the facilitator for a four-day workshop with eight organ transplant patients. The workshop provided a healing journey and wonderful communal experience for the participants.



    Caring for the Caregiver

    In May 2013, 30 UK HealthCare nurses and nurse managers participated in a movement workshop conducted by Suzanne Costello of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater. Suzanne used movement to reinforce the need for caretakers to replenish themselves so they can take better care of patients. The nursing program plans to conduct a therapeutic workshop each year with a group of UK HealthCare nurses.


    Music therapy faculty, staff, and students are available to lead a variety of music and wellness activities including drumming and music-assisted relaxation. To speak with someone about scheduling an event, please contact the music therapy program at