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Art and Music

UW Health facilities feature thousands of pieces of original artwork, most by local and regional artists.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.

 

Arts in Health Care

 

The Arts in Health Care program has provided artistic opportunities to adult patients and families at the University Hospital since 2008.

 

About Arts in Health Care

 

A dedicated team of Arts in Health Care volunteers work closely with the program coordinator, Sarah Petto (MFA), to provide our adult patients and families with support during what can be a difficult time. We offer bedside art activities as well as art workshops for patients and caregivers.

 

The program offers a variety of art-making activities to our inpatients as they are diagnosed, recovering from a medical procedure, or during a treatment. Our goal is to offer comfort, relieve anxiety, provide some symptom relief, empower self-awareness and offer an outlet for emotional expression. Through this hands-on art-making, we are promoting wellness and adding to each patient's coping skills during a hospital visit.

 

View the July 2017 Arts in Health Care Calendar (pdf)

 

Contact Arts in Health Care

 

For more information, please contact Sarah Petto at spetto@uwhealth.org.

 

Art Galleries and Exhibitions

 

A number of UW Health patient care locations feature rotating art exhibits that contribute to the healing environment we want to provide for our patients and their friends and families.

 

Purchasing Artwork

 

Artwork on display may be purchased through the University Hospital 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.

 

Donate to the Art Program

 

Please contact art coordinator Mandy Kron at akron@uwhealth.org. To ensure we have the proper resources to care for and display our art, we must carefully consider all art donations.

 

Permanent Art Collection

 

The hospital has been collecting both donated and purchased art for more than 30 years. Our facilities feature thousands of pieces of original artwork, most by local and regional artists. Here a a few featured pieces.

 

"Flowers" by Richard Arfsten. Located in the University Hospital H3/1 outdoor seating patio. "Pope Farm" by Michael Knapstein. Located in the University Hospital entrance.

 

Rotating Art Exhibits

 

Music

 

Volunteer musicians perform in public areas of University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital.To contribute to the healing environment we want to provide to all patients and families, volunteer musicians perform in public areas of University Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital, as well as on inpatient units.

 

Volunteering to Play Music

 

Two baby grand pianos and an electronic keyboard are available for use. There are also opportunities for one-time performances by school choirs or string quartets. Volunteer musicians wishing to come in on a regular basis must give an informal audition and attend volunteer orientation.

 

Contact UW Health's Volunteer Music Program

 

Please contact Mandy Kron at akron@uwhealth.org with any questions about our music program.