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Center for the Arts announces Celebration and Launch of Arts in Healthcare Initiative

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Center for the Arts Press Release

For Immediate Release: Through October 24, 2008
For More Information: David Wedekindt, Center for the Arts
716-645-6775 or [email protected]

The Center for the Arts announces
Celebration and Launch of the Arts in Healthcare Initiative
October 24, 2008
New Arts in Healthcare Initiative a collaboration between the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Buffalo, NY - The Center for the Arts announces a special event to celebrate and launch the Arts in Healthcare Initiative, on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus. The evening's hosts are John B. Simpson, President, University at Buffalo; Thomas B. Burrows, Executive Director, Center for the Arts; Cheryl Klass, President, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo; and Judy Smith, Medical Director, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. This event is generously supported by a gift from Bank of America.

The healing power of performing and visual arts is seen throughout recorded history from tribal dances and music to storytelling and painting. More than half of U.S. hospitals use arts programs to create healing environments that support patient mental and emotional recovery and foster positive working conditions. The arts transform the hospital environment by creating opportunities for communication, healing and understanding.

The Arts in Healthcare initiative is a program established by the Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo to bring the performing and visual arts into healthcare settings at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. This is the first comprehensive program of its kind in Western New York.

Following a light dinner and cocktail reception, guests will learn more about the Arts in Healthcare Initiative now underway in Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Guests will then be treated to a performance by Santa Fe, New Mexico based husband-and-wife duo Robert & Rebecca Bluestone entitled "Woven Harmony." "Woven Harmony," is a multimedia performance event that showcases Robert's celebrated artistry as a classical guitarist and Rebecca's remarkable tapestries.

Rebecca is an ovarian cancer survivor and caregiver to her late mother who died of breast cancer. Robert was Rebecca's caregiver during her treatment and recovery. Together they are passionate about unlocking for their audiences the powerful connection between creativity and healing and the healthcare environment.
Robert and Rebecca will also be in Buffalo for a week-long residency working with patients and hospital employees.

More information on the Bluestones is available at www.robertbluestone.com.

Coffee and dessert will be served following the performance.

This reception and performance is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Please call (716)645-6259 or email [email protected] by October 17.

The Center for the Arts' innovative Arts in Healthcare initiative is made possible by a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation, with additional support from the Seymour H. Knox Foundation and the Society for 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.

Each year, nearly 28,000 patients are admitted to Women and Children's Hospital. Women and Children's Hospital practices Family-Centered Care (FCC), which is an approach that includes families as full partners with the health care team. Meaningful partnerships and collaboration builds on service excellence and leads to quality and safety in health care.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation's first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI's website at www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email [email protected]


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