American Family Children's Hospital


Music and Art

Contact Information

Mandy Kron, Art Coordinator

The arts are a sometimes underappreciated component of the patient experience.
A lovely song or a beautiful picture can go a long way toward helping patients maintain a positive mindset, so UW Health places an emphasis on making artistic interludes available to our patients.

Galleries and Exhibits

  • Skylight Gallery:  The Skylight Gallery located in the C5/2 Surgery Waiting Area includes over 200 feet of wall exhibit space for large shows as well as two display cases for small three-dimensional artworks. Exhibitions change monthly, with the exception of the annual Madison Art Guild Juried Salon that is booked for both June and July.
  • Main Entrance Gallery: The Main Entrance Gallery is located near Admission in the E5/2 module. Exhibitions change monthly, with the exception of the annual Madison Art Guild Juried Salon that is booked for both June and July.
  • Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) Atrium Gallery: The HSLC Atrium Gallery, 750 Highland Avenue, is located in a glass exit corridor near the Highland Avenue side of the Atrium. Exhibits change monthly. The HSLC Second Floor Gallery, 750 Highland Avenue, is located in the elevator lobby on the second floor. Exhibits change monthly.

Purchasing Artwork


Artwork on display may be purchased through the Gift Shop or by contacting Mandy Kron at (608) 263-5992. Artists pay a 20 percent commission from sales and this money is used to purchase art for public and patient areas.


Sound Health


UW Health Sound Health: Guitarist at UW Hospital and ClinicsSound Health is a music program that focuses on enriching the UW Hospital environment for patients, families, health care providers and staff through live music, while also providing UW School of Music students with an opportunity for community service and professional performing experience. 

During the Spring 2010 pilot program - made possible by the UW-Madison Arts Enterprise, Arts Venture Challenge Award - a follow-up survey with patients, visitors, staff and musicians reflected the unanimous desire for Sound Health to continue. Most recently, Sound Health was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment and a matching grant from UW Hospital. The $10,000 will sustain Sound Health for three years by supporting 90 performances by a variety of ensembles.


For more information, visit Sound Health or e-mail





HeartStrings, a community engagement program from the Madison Symphony Orchestra, is an innovative music therapy-inspired initiative. Each session is themed and listeners are encouraged to become active participants in music making. All performances are from 1:15-2pm in the G5/2 Clinics lobby.


Musical Medicine


A Musical Medical program is run jointly with the volunteer services office. A small grand piano in the hospital's clinics lobby is played daily for the enjoyment of passers-by and people waiting in the lobby area. A piano in the Oncology/Hematology/BMT area is also available to be played, and musicians who play portable instruments are being sought to perform one-on-one for patients in various units.


Special performances are scheduled, particularly during the December holidays, for our G5/2 clinics lobby.


Arts-In-Health Care Program


The Arts-In-Health Care Program infuses art, creativity and self-expression into the health care environment by allowing patients to engage in hands-on experiences using art materials and adaptive techniques. Our program is available to patients and families on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Oncology Day Clinics, and the UW Carbone Cancer Center - reception area and chair side during treatments.


For more information, please contact Sarah Petto, MFA, Artist-In-Residence-Project Director, at (608) 890-9203.


UW Health Arts in Health Care Program: Patient painting

Art to Promote Healing


Learn how our arts program helped Danni recover from a serious car accident.

Project Ahh! art in the front window of Absolutely Art 

Project Ahh!


Madison's Absolutely Art on Atwood Avenue provided a windowfront to display our patients' art this fall.