Artists In Residence
A team of local artists who are committed to the goals of the program will take residence in Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. These artists will implement arts in healthcare programming in order to facilitate the creative processes with patients, visitors and staff. The artists will take part in a two-week intensive training, hosted by the Center for the Arts, with faculty from the University of Florida's Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education, directed by one of the leaders in the field, Jill Sonke-Henderson. Upon completion of their training, the Artists-in-Residence will work approximately 20 hours per week, and will offer a curriculum of group and individual arts-based activities including dance, music, visual art, storytelling, creative writing, and acting.
The Center for the Arts will offer a minimum of six professional artistic performances in the hospital setting each year. These performances will be selected from the Center's annual season programming of national and internationally touring artists. Performances will be adapted and offered in spaces such as the hospital cafeteria, waiting rooms, dialysis room, common/play areas, hallways, and patient rooms
The University at Buffalo Center for the Arts and the University of Florida Center for the Arts in Healthcare designed a two-week intensive program to provide beginning and experienced arts in healthcare students and professionals with an opportunity to explore the arts in healthcare through applied theory and practice.
The Arts in Healthcare initiative will contribute to a growing international collection of research on this rapidly expanding field and multidisciplinary research and scholarship opportunities for the University at Buffalo. Dr. Mansoor Kazi from the UB School of Social Work is conducting quantitative research to examine the effect of the initiative on patient satisfaction and staff retention at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. A simultaneous qualitative research study by Dr. Loralee Sessanna, UB School of Nursing is taking place at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The Arts in Healthcare initiative will provide a rich environment for the development of University courses in this emerging field to complement existing curricula in the arts and sciences.