Arts in Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ian Cion is the Director of the Arts in Medicine Program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ian is an artist in residence and provides personalized art programming to pediatric patients and their families. He also coordinates studio groups allowing patients to connect with similarly situated individuals and families. Across projects, Ian uses art to foster expression among participants and help them cope with extreme physical illness, bodily trauma, or invasive medical procedures.
Collaborative Art International
Patty Mitchell, founder of Passion Works Studio in Athens, Ohio and partner Robert Lockheed, are artists-in-residence with Norwich Consulting Services and co-founders of Collaborative Art International. Mitchell and Lockheed facilitate collaborative art projects through the talents and interests of people with developmental disabilities. Making art with participants provides a rich experience to then design custom arts programming with agencies wanting to provide innovative services. Residencies often culminate into public exhibits and designs are then translated into replicable art products. Mitchell and Lockheed have consulted with organizations in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., WASCO Inc. in Marietta Ohio; Handikos of Kosovo; Colors of the Soul in Punta Arenas, Chile; Hope Studios, Alaska).
DooR to DooR
DooR to DooR (D2D), founded and coordinated by Joy Javits, brings professional performing, literary and visual artists to inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals. Javits established D2D to bring musicians, magicians, dancers, poets, actors, storytellers, clowns, cartoonists, to patients, staff, caregivers and the community at-large. D2D was founded on the belief that the creative process can be profoundly normalizing for individuals undergoing medical treatment. In any given year, over 200 professional performers and visual artists engage patients, staff and family in public spaces and private rooms at UNC hospitals. Writing, singing, and even drumming can offer a respite from the physical realities of serious illness.