Kris graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and studied fine and performing arts at FSU, UWF, and UF. She has been the AIM program coordinator since 2003. Her responsibilities include coordination of program operations, fiscal management, programming assistance and project development. Kris is the communication liaison between administration, artists, hospital staff and the community at large. She assists in the facilitation of the Arts in Healthcare for Rural Communities initiative, AIM Together programming and artwork for an annual pediatric art auction supporting Children’s Miracle Network. Kris also hosts a weekly art workshop for veterans called Art in the Gardens, a visual arts series focusing on the natural world and elements of the UF Wilmot Gardens. The program is a collaboration between Shands, UF College of Medicine and Veterans Affairs MHICM program.
Why Arts in Medicine?
I have always had an immense appreciation for the creative process and found the arts to be essential in addressing adversities in my life. My work with Arts in Medicine has taught me a great deal about the value of artistic engagement and the extraordinary power of creativity. Most of what we facilitate is intuitive in nature allowing for a process that is both freeing and exploratory. We strive to create environments that are open and accepting, which in turn fosters inspiration in even the most adamant “non-artist”. Oftentimes it is simply a matter of exposure. It is a true honor to bear witness to an individual’s recognition and application of their creative potential. I strongly believe this empowerment aids individuals in their healing processes.