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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Museums as Health Partners

Lorena Bradford
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center
Julia Langley
Faculty Director, Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program
Alice Garfield
Artful Healing Coordinator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Laurel Anderson
Certified Child Life Specialist, Inpatient Orthopedic/Surgical Unit, Boston Children's Hospital
Kirsten Getchell
Child Life Clinical and Program Manager, Boston Children's Hospital

Museums and Medical Providers: Partners in Health Care

Lorena Bradford, Julia Langley

Given the demands placed on medical staff—increased patient loads, long work hours, and less one-to-one time with patient—it is not surprising that the healthcare system is seeing a rise in medical error, high rates of burnout, and a decline in patient satisfaction. Lorena Bradford and Julia Langley have formed a unique collaboration to explore the intersection of the visual arts and healthcare. In-gallery experiences with original works of art allow healthcare professionals and students to deconstruct, analyze, and practice skills that can enhance their work with patients, colleagues, and caregivers.


Putting the Art in Partnership: Building Collaborative Programs Between Museums and Hospitals

Alice Garfield, Laurel Anderson, Kirsten Getchell

Art is a powerful tool for healing, and community partnerships between child life professionals and arts institutions combine the strengths of each partner to deliver high-quality, child- and family-centered care. The MFA Artful Healing program uses the artistic resources of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to support Child Life at Boston Children’s Hospital by providing creative arts interventions for children, families, staff, and volunteers. Attendees will learn about some of the challenges and benefits of forming community partnerships and will gain knowledge and tools to build partnerships between arts and healthcare institutions in their own communities.

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH