Arts in Medicine
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 3:30 pm
What is Arts in Medicine?
Arts in Medicine (AIM) is a nationwide movement that integrates all forms of expressive arts into healthcare settings in order to provide creative outlets for patients, caregivers and staff. Research shows that creative outlets reduce anxiety and create an environment that is more conducive to healing, both physically and psychologically. Artistic expression also raises circulating endorphins and helps create moments of "remembered wellness".
At the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center, our AIM Program offers a full range of artistic activities that prove therapeutic during a challenging time. These opportunities fortify the patient’s ability to cope with illness and treatment and are intended to inspire, comfort, encourage and empower.
The Arts in Medicine services include access to the AIM Studio Corner while waiting for appointments. Live musical performances take place in the lobby and special educational talks are conducted as well. Simultaneously, the ‘Arts In Medicine experience’ may connect individuals who are undergoing similar struggles, creating a sense of community with other patients, survivors, caregivers and care providers.
This meaningful program is contingent on the generosity and talents of our volunteers. If you enjoy sharing your artistic talents and abilities in order to make a difference in the lives of others, we have a place for you. You can volunteer as a guest artist or become a scheduled volunteer. If you choose to become one of these volunteers, our AIM Coordinator will harmonize your talents into a wonderful volunteer experience. Below are the requirements for each of these:
- Guest Artist - Once a month - 1 hour commitment
- Scheduled Volunteer - Once a month up to once a week - 3 hour commitment
We currently have AIM volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
- Musicians ( a piano is available)
- Easy Art Projects
- Jewelry making
- Chair Yoga or stretching
- Painting - acrylic and water color
Volunteers are a great contribution to this program. If you're ready to be of service, please fill out our volunteer form.
If you are interested in supporting this program through a different avenue, we are always in need of the following items: donated craft/art supplies, materials and, of course, financial donations. This program is a part of the Watson Clinic Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization, and your gift is tax-deductible.
For more information please contact:
Eva A. Hawkins, Arts In Medicine Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 8 am to 4 pm