Who Else Does Stuff Like This?

In Portland

Colored Pencils

Write Around Portland


A Window Between Worlds, based in California, with a national reach, they serve domestic violence shelters.  The video on the home page is very worth the watching.  It gives you a beautiful sense of what they do.

Art Angels, also based in California, uses visual art has a tool to establish conversation about health and sustainability.

The Center on Age and Community, provides visual art and lots of theatre incorporating elder creators with dementia.  Currently, they’re partnering with Portland’s own Sojourn Theatre! (Go Sojourn!)

The Creative Center, helps cancer patients find their visual artist, writer, and/or actor within through workshops, and provides shows and events for them to display their art.

The Art of Elysium brings volunteer actors, artists, and musicians together with children battling serious illness.

More To Follow…

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Other Testimonials Of The Values Of Art In Healthcare

Experience Project: I Believe That Art Saves Lives

Works of Art Centered On Wellness,Created by Fulltime Artists


“Freewheelin” by Blues Scholars

“Learn to Talk” by The Aztext


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Complete Works Of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Movies and Animations

As Good As It Gets

Steel Magnolias

Joy Luck Club

The Girl Who Swallowed Bees


Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill

Proof by David Auburn

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Artists In Oregon Registered with the Society for the Arts In Healthcare (SAH)

Marlene Alexander

Reza Antoszweska

Meghan Caughey

Edna Covaks

The Value of Arts in Healthcare

From Hospital Arts Inc. in New York (since 1975) to Duke University Health Arts Network (since 1978, Shands at the University of Florida and Washington Medical Center (since 1986)among many others, the arts have been used to enhance wellness in the United States and internationally including at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London (since 1990).

Incorporated in 2001, Well Arts Institute has focused on creative writing integrating music, fine arts and dance and theater arts into our work. Research shows that using arts in healthcare has widespread clinical benefits ranging from reductions in psychological and physiological stress to increases in self-esteem to greater understanding and awareness of physical and mental illnesses (Staricoff, 2004)…….

Recommended Reading:

LEARNING, ARTS, AND THE BRAIN                                                                                             The Dana Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition 2008

Society for the Arts in Healthcare

2009/State of the Field Report


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.

To read this report in it’s entirety go to

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