Bringing the Arts to Patients (And Community to Ourselves ... )

Sommer, Eleanor K.; Ellison, Gail K.
March 2005
Communities;Spring2005, Issue 126, p48
This article reports that the primary focus of the Arts in Medicine (AIM) program at Shands hospital in Gainesville, Florida is to bring the arts, music, dance, theater, writing, and visual arts, to patients at this university-related medical center with patients from all over the southeast. The community spend so much time together, both at the hospital and supporting each other in a variety of social and artistic endeavors, that by all definitions, except that their houses are scattered throughout the county and beyond, the community might as well be considered an intentional community. When an AIM staff member or volunteer gets sick or suffers any loss, the community springs to life, home-cooked food is delivered, dogs are walked, aging parents or spouses are cared for.


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