“Our mission is to create an environment of care and to focus on the spiritual, emotional and physical 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
As a member of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH), UK Arts in HealthCare has built on the findings and successes of other programs across the country to create an arts in health program that is nationally recognized for excellence in the field and at the forefront of this movement.
Artists seem to innately understand the crucial role the arts can play in human health and wellness. As proponents of the field of arts in health, artists are able to share valuable insights that help us to understand why the arts can have such a strong impact on our health. Several videos of prominent artists, commissioned to create major works for our facilities, were filmed to document the creative process. These artists shared valuable insights about their work and the ability to contribute to healthcare environment. To view these featured artists videos please visit the Arts in HealthCare playlist on UK HealthCare's YouTube channel.
Jason Akhtarekhavari - Arts in HealthCare Program Manager
Phone: (859) 323-9896 Email: email@example.com
A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in History, Jason joined UK Arts in HealthCare in 2011 and assumed management of the program in mid-2018. As co-founder of the non-profit association CREATE, Jason is seeking to educate his local community and expand awareness of the health and wellness benefits of the arts. He serves on the UK HealthCare Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council as well as the UK Campus DEI Workgroup. He is also a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Board of Directors. Jason spends much of his free time creating mixed media visual art, singing, songwriting and authoring poems for his long-standing poetry site, poems365.com. His past professional experience includes business ownership, consulting, management and administration. When not immersed in the arts, Jason likes to travel and explore the outdoors.
Sarah Timmons - Arts in HealthCare Specialist
Phone: (859) 323-4446 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Shambhu - Arts in HealthCare Specialist
The UK Arts in HealthCare program seeks to serve our patients, staff, physicians and students as well as families and caregivers. Workshops are one way that we can effectively engage those we hope to serve while exposing them to the benefits of participating in arts related activities geared towards health and wellness. The two videos below feature one workshop for patients and another for staff/caregivers.
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.
See the Body Mapping book (PDF, 874 KB)
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.
Additional Staff and Physician Workshops
ArtsCAFE - A 12 month pilot program serving General Surgery residents and their immediate family members. The program offered 12 different, monthly visual art making workshops led my professional artists.
Recycled Medical Plastics Art Creation I - Staff from our Markey Cancer Center Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, working under the guidance of a local, professional artist, created a large communal work of art from small, recycled medical plastic pieces that had been collected by the unit. The finished piece now hangs proudly on the unit. It serves as a symbol of the staff's commitment to providing excellent patient care.
Recycled Medical Plastics Art Creation II "The Unicorn" - Staff from the Kentucky Children's Hospital are creating a massive, 2-dimensional, pointillism-style unicorn where the points are created, predominantly, by using small, circular pieces of recycled medical plastics such as the caps and lids from various containers such as medications, tubes, vials, etc... To date, "The Unicorn" is very near completion and awaits his/her official naming. The finished piece will proudly be displayed at the Children's Hospital. Staff hope that it will serve as a symbol of inspiration and a wonderful photo opportunity for patients and their families.
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.
See our Arts Award Submission pieces (PDF, 2.3 MB)