March 6th,7th, 8th, 2014
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville



The goals:  Education, Conversation, Cultivation of an Art in Medicine Community

“Artists in residence are not shamans, or healers or therapists.  They are accomplished, professional artists who are also skilled facilitators and have personal experience with the transcendent nature of the arts.  They are employed or contracted by hospitals to bring the arts to patients, visitors, caregivers, and the physical environment as a way of humanizing and enhancing the healthcare experience.” (Sonke-Henderson & Brandman)

The purpose of the summit is to convene experienced arts in medicine practitioners with Asheville area artists, physicians, nurses, child life therapists, chaplains, palliative care givers, hospital partners, community development leaders, and other holistic care givers who want to be stakeholders in the creation of a Center for  Arts in Medicine in  Western N. C.

mullen_headshotsmallOur keynote speaker is Tina Mullen, director of the Arts in Medicine program at Shands Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida.  Tina received her BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  After working as the Director’s Assistant for the Cleveland Institutes of Art’s foreign studies program in Lacoste, France, she returned to study at the University of Florida where she obtained her MFA in drawing.  She has been involved with Shands Arts in Medicine since its inception and is now the program’s director.  Tina also works as the interior designer for SHANDS healthcare and purchases  art for its corporate collection.   Other, perhaps less serious, but equally formative endeavors include: taxicab driver, wrangler, farmer, ski lift operator, leather tooler, orchid illustrator and “salad girl.”  Ms. Mullen is also a working artist who has exhibited her work throughout the United States.  She has received numerous awards including the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs.

Friday morning, Tina will discuss her experience in co-founding the Arts in Medicine program at Shands Medical Center.  Friday evening at 7 she delivers our keynote address, “The transformative power of art and creativity.”

The summit begins with the showing of “Healing Words,” the 2008 PBS documentary a 60-minute documentary about individuals who recover psychologically and physically from illnesses that changed their lives. The film validates expressive art in medical settings that build doctor-patient relationships and becomes a supportive healing companion.   Friday’s sessions target medical professionals and administrators interested in considering how an art in medicine program might be embraced in their facilities and their practices.  Saturday’s sessions target artists who are interested in considering how their own art-making might align with art in medicine, both in institutional settings and in community work.   The concepts of Art, Medicine, and Healing will be broadly construed as we meet to envision a new paradigm that embraces the transformative power of art for personal and community health.

The summit is open to anyone interested in the transformative power of art.

The retreat will begin with the movie showing on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. and conclude on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4 p.m.  Friday, the retreat includes a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by Kids at Work: A Local Youth Culinary Arts Program.  Saturday, box lunches will be available. To Register GO HERE