Arts In Health works within hospitals and healthcare environments with hospital administrators and clinical staff to utilize and understand the value of the arts in enhancing well-being. Our area of expertise includes pediatrics, youth at risk, adult programs, creative aging, as well as art aid and field-work for crisis intervention.
While much of this work is concerned with enhancing physical spaces, it is the belief that the arts can be a powerful tool in opening individual potential and developing community and cultural literacy that drives us. Collaboration and participation is the core of all consultation, with projects designed to actively engage all stake-holders. Working with professional artists we conduct arts programs that enrich the experience of the patient, staff and visitor. In addition, curated temporary and permanent exhibitions enhance the environment, offering relief from the visual austerity of the clinical hospital setting.
With over eighteen years of senior arts management, Sarah Dobbs has consulted with several hospitals in Canada and Ireland to establish her as a coherent successful arts programmer. She is also the founder of the National Network for Arts in Health Canada (NNAHC – pronounced 'knack').