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Georgette Seabrooke, Recreation in Harlem, 1936

Georgette Seabrooke, Recreation in Harlem, 1936

Arts in Medicine – Programs

Community Mural

Continuing the tradition established in the 1930s the Work Progress Administration supported hundreds of murals across New York City’s public hospitals, community murals leverage artists and local community members to re-imagine hospitals and promote greater neighborhood wellness. Mural artists will engage with patients, staff, and local residents to create an integrated internal or external mural at selected NYC Health + Hospitals facilities, developing cultural ties between artists, patients, staff, and local residents.


    Community Mural Project

Music & Memory

Music & Memory is a national evidence-based program that brings personalized playlists on iPods to patients or residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other cognitive loss. Music can reduce the need for medication and improve relationships for patients experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. Music & Memory is currently offered at a majority of NYC Health + Hospitals inpatient and long-term care facilities.


    Healing with Harmony: a Music & Memory Story

Lullaby Project

The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. Singing during and after pregnancy can support maternal health and aid in child development and singing is one of few treatment options shown to reduce maternal stress during pregnancy.

Visible Ink

Through funding from the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, Visible Ink has been able to expand beyond patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering and is currently being introduced in a few NYC Health + Hospitals cancer departments. Offering a creative outlet to voice patients’ battle improve their wellbeing, the program pairs experienced writing mentors with cancer patients to help the patients express themselves in writing. Writing can help patients dealing with illness feel less isolated, invisible, and powerless. Visible Ink participants are invited to submit their written works for potential publication in and/or inclusion in an annual performance.


Accessing the subconscious or intuition can help patients and employees better cope with stressors that have physical manifestations. SoulCollage® facilitators will help staff and patients access the subconscious or intuition using images from magazines and catalogues pasted together. After creating the collages, the facilitator leads a discussion with participants, offering a safe space to share emotional experiences for patients and staff.

Live Concerts

Throughout the years, NYC Health + Hospitals facilities have hosted concerts for patients, staff and community members.

Audio Art Tour

Patients, staff, and the community can now learn about the history and content of over 85 pieces of visual art throughout 20 NYC Health + Hospitals’ facilities by dialing (646) 217-4438 from any phone or cell phone.

Rotating Art Exhibits

NYC Health + Hospitals facilities routinely host temporary art exhibits in their public spaces.

HHArt of Medicine – Art Observation Workshops

Viewing art can improve clinicians’ soft skills, which in turn improves their ability to serve patients. Equipping staff to place patient experience at the forefront of their work. Clinical staff will practice art observation with docents and translate those skills to a clinical setting and work environment
Formal art observation training improves visual diagnostic skills and increases sophistication in clinical descriptions.