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.
If you are interested in participating in our community mural program please submit an application here.
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.
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.
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.
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.