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Integrative Medicine: Supporting people on their journey to realizing wholeness

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. (Consortium for Academic Health Centers…

Creative for Health: Art and Writing Workshops for People Affected by Cancer

UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and UF HealthStreet presents: Creative for Health Art and Writing Workshops Nothing feels better than to fully immerse yourself in an art project.  The world around you falls away.  Time passes pleasantly without notice. Research also suggests that creativity is good for our health. …

UF 2013 International Piano Festival

The University of Florida International Piano Festival to present world-class pianists in master classes and in recitals.   This summer, the University of Florida will host world-renowned pianists from across the United States and China for the International Piano Festival. Now in its 6th year, this annual event…

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

The arts therapies in Arts in Medicine is teaming up with UF Psychiatry, UF Psychology and the Eating Disorder Recovery Center to recognize Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, 2013. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the US Department of Health & Human Services, the…

Collaborative Sketchbooks

Art House is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Their flagship endeavor is the Sketchbook Project: an evolving library that features more than 18,000 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. They also operate the Brooklyn Art Library, a storefront exhibition space in the heart…

The Art of Compassion: Nursing Education

As a UF student, Lauren Arce studied psychology, but a lifelong love of dance brought her to AIM. Lauren took a course at the UF Center for Arts in Medicine called Dance in Medicine. As part of her coursework, she became a volunteer at AIM and discovered how the arts…

Global Impact: AIM for Africa

The Twa of Rwanda represent only one percent of the country’s population. They are severely discriminate against and live in impoverished conditions, struggling each day to buy water and food. Of the village’s nearly one hundred members, only ten have survived past the age of forty. Despite their living conditions,…

Lake City VA Arts and Music Showcase

The Lake City VA Recreational Therapy department hosted their first art and music showcase June 12, 2012 featuring original works of art and performances by inpatient veterans. Shands Arts in Medicine artists Cathy DeWitt, Madeline Austin, Mary Lisa Kitakis Spano and Nancy Lasseter have been training Lake…

Program Spotlight: Dance for Life

Life balance sometimes requires dancing. At the University of Florida’s McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion, the hallways are a cacophony of music, monologues, laughter, and the bustling of  bodies in motion. However, the students are not all typical young college kids. On Monday afternoons, the halls are also filled…