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Viper, TopHat & MC

Patient Spotlight: The Heart and Soul of Viper

Published: Apr 13th, 2018

For years rapper/songwriter Rakeem Smith aka Viper has been lying awake crafting lyrics and rhymes and storing them in his mind. After a couple writing and recording sessions during a long-term hospital stay, Viper is ready to share his voice with the world.

352Creates: Art-Making & Creativity for Better Health

Published: Mar 2nd, 2018

Create in Community – Filling Depot Park and the Surrounding Streets with Participatory Creative Activities On Sunday, February 25th, between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 352Creates brought the community together […]

Thankful for Love Kids Album Release Party

Published: Nov 7th, 2017

Join us on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 5-8p.m. at Heartwood Soundstage as we celebrate an album featuring songs inspired and co-written by our pediatric patients.

Unlimited postcard

Unlimited: A creative response to living with ALS

Published: Jul 10th, 2017

In Unlimited – A creative response to living with ALS, artists Sandra Murphy-Pak and Michel Rae Varisco each create work in response to the impact that ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) has on their lives.

Daniel and Andrew practicing the Tai Chi movement "Grasping the Sparrow's Tail"

Finding their own Power

Published: Jun 14th, 2017

At UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, patients learn powerful tools to manage chronic illness and pain through martial arts therapy at the bedside.

UF Health Music Ensemble

Staff Engagement: UF Health Music Ensemble

Published: Apr 18th, 2017

In April 2014, AIM volunteer coordinator and musician, Ferol Carytsas, set the goal to launch a UF Health music ensemble within the next three years.

group photo with Dan

Collaboration: Asian Rock Garden

Published: Apr 3rd, 2017

Dan spent time researching different raking patterns prior to designing the garden. He wanted to present a design that was his own, incorporating both patterns he had seen that he liked and unique patterns.


Published: Feb 22nd, 2017

352Creates invites everyone in the 352 area code to join in two days of participatory art-making on March 24 & 25, 2017.

Creative for Health

Community Engagement: Creative for Health

Published: Jan 19th, 2017

Research suggests that creativity is good for our health.  Regular practice has been shown to reduce the harmful effects of stress, improve immune system function, and help us cope with […]

HIV Awareness in Florida

HIV/AIDS Awareness in Florida: Capturing the process

Published: Jan 10th, 2017

Please join the Arts in Medicine programs at UF in celebrating photographs taken by second year medical student Tisha Van Pelt during the filming of brief educational videos on HIV/AIDS. The images capture the filming process and moments when the actors are at rest.