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 engage our bodies natural "relaxation response."
At the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center, our AIM Program offers a full range of creative arts/activities that prove therapeutic during a challenging time. These opportunities fortify an individual'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 creative arts/activities and live musical performances in the lobby. They also coordinate the regular rotation of artwork throughout the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center
. 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.
You can support our cause by donating supplies through the Walmart Registry for Good
where you can choose the items you wish to purchase for our program. Click here for Watson Clinic Foundation's Arts in Medicine Walmart Registry for Good
For a printable flyer about the Walmart Registry for Good program, click here
Additionally, Amazon will donate five percent of the price for your eligible AmazonSmile
purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can support AIM by shopping at AmazonSmile and choosing Watson Clinic Foundation, Inc
. as the charity you wish to support.
Note donations are used to fund all programs and services provided by Watson Clinic Foundation, including Arts in Medicine.
This meaningful program is contingent on the generosity and talents of our volunteers. If you enjoy sharing your 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.
We currently have AIM volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
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, you can help by:
- Start a fundraising campaign
- Post about our program on social media
- Like us on Facebook and repost our content
- Organize an art supply funding drive at your local church, school, work or other organization.
- Donate when you shop at AmazonSmile or Walmart Registry for Good.
For more information please contact:
Eva A. Hawkins, Arts In Medicine Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday - 8 am to 4 pm