Harnessing the transformative power of the arts for health.

Founded in 1990, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine seeks to enrich a patient’s hospital stay through the visual, performing, and literary art activities and experiences provided and/or led by Artists in Residence.

10,000 Songs performed by Musicians in Residence at the bedside in 2018.

Music Referrals

12,000 Visual Art activities led by an Artist in Residence at the bedside or in workshops in 2018.

Visual Arts Referrals

From Bird Strike to Hope:

The Story of Moe Ricks’s Optimism in the Face of Tragedy

"The typical healing process in the hospital is clinical – it's about medicines and machines. The Arts in Medicine guys, the type of healing that they offer is like basically for my soul."

Andrew, Writer in Residence, left; Moe Ricks, right

Artist in Residence's Global Reach

You may know AIM artist in residence Sarah Hinds from her work in the hospital and at the bedside. What you may not know is her reach beyond the hospital and our community.

Sarah and patients with beads

AIM Current Events

From Bird Strike to Hope: The Story of Moe…

In July 2019, staff wheeled Maurice (Moe) Ricks into surgery to prep him to receive a new heart and kidney, which were on a plane to Gainesville…

Maurice "Moe" Ricks

Professional Dancer Instructs Dance for Life Class

On February 5th, 2020, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and the UF Center for Arts in Medicine had the honor of welcoming Hyosun Choi of Invertigo…

dance for life

Artwalk: Introductory Works from Grow Hub

UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine is thrilled to present Spring Forward: Introductory Works from the GROW HUB Artist Collective. In their first…

Grow Hub artwork

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

  1. Feb 28

  2. Mar 02

  3. Mar 03

    1. Dance for MS

      The Rosa B Williams Center, 524 NW 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601

      3:30pm to 4:45pm

  4. Mar 04

  5. Mar 05