Funding Arts in Health Programs
Funding can be a challenge for arts in health programs.
Peers discussed and suggested the following:
Find your champion: tell your story and seek stakeholders who have the ability to connect the program with support from hospital/healthcare facility or other Foundations.
Grants: Internal, Local, Regional, and Statewide grants are available. Some resources are listed below.
Research: There is a developing body of literature that shows how arts programs benefit patients, family, and staff. Use this evidence plus your original stories to strengthen your pitch.
Takeaway: Arts in health programs require diversified funding sources. Be creative, and seek out champions who will spread the message of the benefits and worth of your program.
Arts Activities with Patients: Oral Histories and Storytelling
We had a really wonderful discussion about oral histories and palliative care, and creative writing prompts and storytelling with cancer patients. It was emphasized that when working with these potentially vulnerable populations, it is essential for artists and arts in health practitioners maintain the boundaries of their scopes of practice, and to have a referral system of mental health professionals such as social workers or creative arts therapists.