Follow this link to my essay in the Gainesville Sun about the impact of music and art in hospitals.
Here’s an excerpt:
In a sense, my role at the hospital is a modest occupation. I wheel around a cart filled with art supplies — paint, small canvases, journals, colored pencils and drawing paper — and ask patients if they would like to participate in an creative activity. But the impact of music and art in clinical settings can be transformational.
Program Director Tina Mullen says Arts In Medicine gives patients back the gift of self-control. Exercising creativity in a hospital can help patients contribute to their own decision-making processes again and give them a means of communicating how they feel.
Special thanks to Danielle DeCosmo Goodwin, Don Cornelius, Karen Brunty Cornelius, Brandon Telg, Self Narrate, Goucher College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program, and UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine.