Arts for Health Florida is a statewide resource for arts in health. In 2012, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County began developing a program to support the growth of arts in health programming in Tampa Bay. One of its first steps was to hold a strategic planning meeting. The Arts Council invited representatives from several esteemed arts in health organizations including: The Coalition for Arts and Health Sarasota-Manatee, Creative Care, Moffitt Cancer Center, Shands Arts in Medicine, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and VSA Florida. What quickly became apparent was that there was a need for a statewide organization to harmonize and support the efforts of the state's many arts in health professionals and organizations. In October of 2014, with the help and support of an esteemed group of professionals from around the state who contribute as our organization's Board of Directors, Arts for Health Florida became an independent, non-profit, statewide organization that supports the growth of the arts in health field and the many individuals and organizations around the state that offer arts in health integration services.


Arts for Health Florida provides professional development opportunities through symposia, workshops, and webinars relating to patient care, healing environments, caring for caregivers, community well-being, and improving empathy and observation through medical education. We offer program support through monthly peer review sessions, maintain a website that serves as the resource hub for anyone searching for information on arts in health in Florida, and advocate for advancement of the field statewide.