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Visual and Performing Arts Take on a Bigger Role in Patient Recovery

The Washington Post , August 17, 2004


Nearly 300 health and arts professionals and 60 speakers gathered in Alexandria in April for the 13th annual conference of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH). Health care practitioners, artists and art therapists spent four days learning about the potential healing benefits of everything from quilting and tapestry to sound therapy, storytelling, poetry, drama, painting, architectural design, photography and gardens.

Once considered on the fringe of health care, arts are being used by a growing number of leading medical institutions, including those associated with Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Dartmouth and Vanderbilt. Through SAH, the NEA funds a consulting service to give institutions guidance on creating arts programs.

Subjects Covered: healing

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