Arts and health may not seem like the obvious pairing, but as most of you know, it can be a fabulous one. That’s why we want to let you know about an upcoming conference from The Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH). This conference will help you learn about a variety of subjects related to the arts in healthcare as well as put you in one place with a lot of like-minded individuals that share a similar passion!
We’ve compiled some information about this event below and included information about where to register and learn more about the event.
About The Advancing Patient-Centered Arts Conference
Advancing Patient-Centered Arts
Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s 22nd Annual International Conference
April 13-16, 2011
Early Bird Reigstration Deadline: 3/18/2011
Online Registration Closes: 4/1/2011
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Burlingame, CA – USA
You can register online here.
After the online registration closes, you’ll have to wait to register at the conference.
The cost will vary depending on whether you’re an SAH member or not. There are also some costs for students and non-members. Students can attend for the cheapest rate of $75-$150. New members can attend for about $225-$425 plus member dues. If you’re not a member, the cost rises to about $375 – $550. If you’re a member, you also have the opportunity of applying for a scholarship for the conference.
Why Attend the Conference?
Here are some of the benefits of attending the SAH Conference:
- You can learn about a variety of other arts in healthcare programs from around the world.
- Learn strategies to position arts in health care programs in a variety of settings, such as hospitals and service organizations.
- Develop new leadership skills
- Network with colleagues from all over the world (Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and the US) and from a variety of categories (music, dance, visual arts, literary arts, drama, design, healing arts.
- Enjoy all the arts that San Francisco has to offer and more!
SAH recommends attendance for architects, educators, therapists, artists, arts administrators, service providers, curators, interior designers, mental health providers, nurses, and really anyone that’s interested in learning more about the importance of arts in healthcare.
What types of sessions will there be?
You can read about all of the sessions at the SAH website, but here are some you might find interesting:
- Artists’ Forum: Working as a professional in the Arts in Healthcare (this is actually a pre-conference session)
- Lunches with pre-determined special interest groups
- Using the Arts With Families Affected by Illness in a Cancer Center Setting
- Phototherapy & Therapeutic Photography
- Narrative Health Practices: The Power of Storytelling in Understanding & Connecting With Senior Citizens
- Using Creative Arts to Promote Humanistic Practices in End-of-Life care
- Using Art & Music to Improve Nurses Perceptual Ability
- Yoga Techniques & Practices
- Person-Centered Arts, Theatre & Music
- Music for Effective Procedural Support in Healthcare
Why The Arts in Healthcare is Important
Arts in healthcare is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming the healthcare experience by connecting people with the power of the arts at key moments in their lives. This rapidly growing field integrates the arts, including literary, performing, and visual arts and design, into a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes. Areas of focus include things like patient care, healthcare environments, caring for caregivers, community-well-being.
About The Society for Arts in Healthcare
The Society for the Arts in Healthcare is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation in Washington, DC. Founded in 1991, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare is dedicated to advancing arts as integral to healthcare by
- demonstrating the valuable roles the arts can play in enhancing the healing process;
- advocating for the integration of the arts into the environment and delivery of care within healthcare facilities;
- assisting in the professional development and management of arts programming for healthcare populations;
- providing resources and education to healthcare and arts professionals;
- encouraging and supporting research and investigation into the beneficial effects of the arts in healthcare.
Learn more about The Advancing Patient-Centered Arts Conference here.