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1 “How Art Can Enhance the Healing Process” Mark Shaw Director of Health Promotion

2 “Same on the outside, New, with art on the inside”

3 Background Information Remodel of Hall Health Center completed in Spring, 2011 Idea put forth to have a coordinated effort to decorate the newly painted walls Did some ‘homework,’ consulting with other college student health centers who displayed art in their building (especially U of MN) ‘Leftover Pie’

4 Background Information I consulted with some “pros” in the art field: Kris Anderson (Jacob Lawrence Gallery) Nancy Stoaks (Swedish Medical Center art curator), Karen Neuhard-Forsythe (UW Medical Center art curator) Peggy Weiss (Harborview Medical Center art curator) ‘Pilings’

5 Background Information Formed Hall Health Center Art Committee composed of staff from HHC, UW Students, and On-campus Professionals: Kris Anderson Jacob Lawrence Gallery Nicolette Bromberg, UW Libraries Visual Collection, Betty Shen, Capital Projects ‘Seattle’

6 “Building the exhibition” Art Committee developed a plan to seek submissions from UW students (via a contest, offering 3 $100 prizes to the top rated works) and UW staff and faculty 45 submissions came in from 23 students 19 submissions from 10 staff and faculty ‘Canyon’

7 “Building the exhibition” Learned of existing art displays at Harborview (Students in the Certificate in Photography program) and Meany Hall (3 UW professors)

8 “Building the exhibition” Arranged for their continued display by adding to our exhibit, and began special ‘gallery’ for group display and themes in conference rooms ‘Ballet’

9 Planning the exhibition Decisions made about where the art would go in the building (led by 2 “pros” from the Art Committee). Some thought given in some areas of building about type of art to suit the setting…’Mountain Sunset’

10 Lab draw rooms “Something soothing” Rainier ‘Cherry Blossom Vista’

11 Women’s Clinic “Something beautiful” ‘Flowers’

12 Lactation Station “How appropriate…” ‘A Mother and Child in India’

13 Mental Health Clinic “Something thought provoking” ‘Moment of self-actualization’

14 Mental Health Clinic Promote discussion ‘Automatic Negative Thoughts’

15 Mental Health Clinic Helping to remove stigma… ‘Don’t Judge My Disorder’

16 Conference room “Something interesting” (in case the meeting isn’t!) ‘Museum of Glass’

17 Entry way and patient waiting rooms Feature “Top 3” entries from students

18 Family Health Clinic “Something of interest to children” ‘Two King Penguins in a Courtship Ritual’

19 Unexpected Benefit of Art Help with way finding…”turn left at the building” ‘Experience Music Project’

20 Additional Benefit of Art Another place UW students and employees can display their work ‘The Steptoe Grain Elevator’

21 Changes in 2 nd Year Found 2 new groups for ‘gallery’ area… 1) Natural Science Illustration program

22 Changes in 2 nd Year 2) UW Photographers Group (new ‘gallery’ in ground floor hallway, near Employee Health Clinic…‘Girls on the Bench’

23 Research on Art and Healing Positive impact on health outcomes Aid in physical, mental, and spiritual recovery by… Relieving anxiety/reducing stress Decreasing a patient’s perception of pain Reference: Society for the Arts in Health Care ‘The Boat I Built’

24 Other benefits of art in the student health center Promoting the facility with “Call for Art” and Artwalks for the university community Another venue for students to display art Professional involvement for students on Art Committee (Art History, Museology) Raise awareness about medical and mental health issues Staff feel better about their facility

25 Other types of Art that could be included Spoken word (Poetry) Live music (by students) Theater (with health theme, student actors) Even a ‘circus act!’ Source for these ideas: Gary Christenson, University of Minnesota student health center

26 Budget for Art Project Began during major remodel of building Director held view that “art is akin to furnishings” Allowed HHC to take a ‘deluxe’ approach as the effort started Overall budget for first year: $7,000 Details…

27 Art Budget Details Offer of 3 $100 prizes for top student entries $2,000 for professional framing of art $1,000 for professional mounting of art $400 for 2 “Artwalks” and 1 Artists’ reception $800 insurance of art (through Risk Management) $2,500 for purchase of selected works for building ‘permanent collection’

28 More Economical Approach Require all art that is accepted to already be framed Use more traditional ‘hook and wire’ mounting method Involve ‘handy-person’ staff member or students with mounting of art Seek donations instead of purchasing art (or ‘extended loan’)

29 Behind the scenes challenges Artists not pleased with where art is mounted

30 Behind the scenes challenges Submission deemed not suitable for display

31 “Everyone is an art critic” Negative reaction by patients…

32 More challenges Staff not always thrilled with what art is placed in their area

33 More challenges Changes in leadership may mean less support for ongoing expenses

34 Questions/Comments ?

35 Contact information Mark Shaw mshaw@u.washington.edu (206) 616-8476 hallhealth.washington.edu/healthpromotion


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