Artistic expression is a powerful tool. Visual arts and mindful movements can be just as effective as medicine for our UF Health patients.
Founded in 1990, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine has transformed patients’ lives. The organization offers visual, literary and performing arts programs for inpatients and outpatients of all ages.
“Arts in Medicine uses color, inspiration and humanity in an environment that can often feel quite sterile,” said Artist-in-Residence Sarah Hinds, who joined UF Health in 2017. “Our services provide a distraction, meaning, connection and fun!”
Hinds is one of 12 Artists-in-Residence. Her specialties include visual arts and community arts. You can often find her crafting bedside with pediatric and adult patients. She also runs two workshops, including one for inpatient pediatric dialysis patients.
“I’m a believer in using creativity as a vehicle for connection,” Hinds said. “When facing adversity, art bolsters the spirit, quiets the mind and provides a positive material release.”
Arts in Medicine is funded by UF Health Shands’ operating budget, grants and corporate support. Your generosity toward Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital also supports the program and its Artists-in-Residence. By making a gift to CMN Hospitals, you help provide more artistic opportunities for pediatric patients like Kinsey.
“Sarah and I get excited when we’re so close to finishing [an art piece]!” said Kinsey, 19, a CMN Hospitals ambassador for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Volunteering is another way to get involved. Each semester, Arts in Medicine recruits students and community members with a background in a variety of disciplines. From music and dance to creative writing and contemplative arts, your involvement makes a difference.
For Hinds, building relationships with UF Health patients parallels her passion for hand-blown glass. Some days may be more difficult than others, but the life-long pursuit – and life-long friendships – made while perfecting the craft makes it worthwhile.
“My life as an artist inside and outside the hospital centers on fostering creative space where artists of all abilities feel safe and loved,” Hinds said. “It’s an honor to bring art and creativity to patients.”