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Center for the Arts Press Release

For Immediate Release

For More Information:
David Wedekindt, Center for the Arts
716-645-6775 or [email protected]

Center for the Arts Executive Director Thomas Burrows joins the Board of Directors of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare

BUFFALO, NY - Thomas Burrows, Executive Director of the Center for the Arts
at the University at Buffalo has been elected to join the Board of Directors
of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. The Washington, DC based
international organization is currently comprised of more than 1,700 members
worldwide drawn from a myriad of professional industries, including:
medicine, research, architecture, interior design, clinical therapies,
healthcare administration, pharmaceuticals and artists of all backgrounds.

Burrows' appointment follows the recent announcement of a $287,182 grant by
the John R. Oishei Foundation to establish a program that will bring the
performing arts and artists into health-care settings to enhance the healing
environment for patients and caregivers in Western New York. The Center for
the Arts' innovative Arts in Healthcare initiative is in collaboration with
Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility.

The first program of its kind in Western New York, it will be modeled after
a highly successful program at the University of Florida. Plans call for
Arts in Healthcare to expand to additional health-care facilities in the

This summer the Center for the Arts will host an intensive training program
facilitated by the University of Florida's CAHRE program where local invited
visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, and storytellers will be trained
to work with patients, families, and staff in health-care settings as
integral members of the healthcare team.

"The program will offer the benefits of multidisciplinary research and
scholarship for the benefit of our community, while allowing the center to
broaden its artistic and cultural reach in the region," Burrows added. "This
project will help to increase the national and international visibility of
UB and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo."

Burrows said studies have shown that integrating the arts into these
settings helps to cultivate a healing environment, support the mental and
emotional recovery of patients, communicate health and recovery information,
and foster positive working conditions for caregivers to improve
satisfaction and retention.

Founded in 1991, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare is dedicated to
promoting the incorporation of the arts as an integral component of
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; and encouraging and supporting research and
investigation into the beneficial effects of the arts in healthcare.

The Center for the Arts is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the
University at Buffalo and its surrounding communities through the
presentation of public arts and cultural events of the highest quality.
Celebrating the creative process through innovative programming, the Center
crosses socio-economic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries. The Center
nurtures excellence and innovation in the arts through education,
presentation, community service, and research in the visual and performing
arts, while broadening the base of understanding, appreciation, and support
for the arts through meaningful community partnerships.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university,
the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New
York. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.
Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of
American Universities.


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