A hospital’s collaborative arts in health approach to COVID-19

Shay Thornton Kulha, J. Todd Frazier, Jennifer Townsend, Elizabeth Laguaite, Virginia Gray

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This note from the field outlines how an integrated arts in health department within a hospital created clinical and non-clinical art experiences for patients and providers during COVID-19. Working with a multi-disciplinary team, the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist established creative arts therapy and arts integration programmes targeting patient and provider experiences during COVID-19. Emphasis is placed on how programmes respond to both physical health and emotional well-being through accessible, appropriate art experiences. This article outlines those strategies and highlights various entry points for arts experiences in a hospital experience during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-366
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Arts and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021


  • arts for emotional well-being
  • arts integration
  • COVID-19 arts
  • creative arts therapy
  • music therapy
  • staff care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Music


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