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Elaine Sims

Director, Gifts of Art

Elaine Sims is the Director of the Gifts of Art program which brings the worlds of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System and which has been recognized as a model program by the National Endowment of the Arts. Gifts of Art is one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the country. Ms. Sims is a pioneer in the field of arts and health. Ms. Sims was one of the founding members of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and served in many capacities including as president of the board. She is a consultant in the field of arts in healthcare and has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow for her contributions to the field. She was a charter member of the Ann Arbor Commission for Art in Public Places. She currently serves as president of the Arts in Healthcare Certification Commission. An accidental artist, her work has appeared in the New Yorker magazine and museums around the world.