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Ricky’s Blog Post 1

In a hospital room eight stories high, which offers a stunning view of a prairie that sprawls for miles, I’m poised over sacred ground. From up above the thunderclouds, the heavy rain falling on the preserve casts a serene blue haze. This room has not been raised for worship, to…

AIM Kids

AIM Kids is an arts & crafts workshop for pediatric inpatients, held in Pediatric Playrooms at UF Health Shands, Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm, and Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm. The workshops are led by a Visual Arts Artist in Residence, often with assistance from AIM volunteers, with each workshop activity tailored to…

Music Referrals

Musicians in Residence are professional musicians from the community who provide musical experiences to patients at the bedside. These visits can include performances of specifically requested songs, the musicians’ original works, or a calming background melody. The patient and the musician have the ability to mutually guide the…

Visual Art Referrals

Visual Artists in Residence are professional artists employed by Arts in Medicine to visit patients at the bedside, facilitating creative art activities of their choosing, with their condition and capabilities in mind. These activities can be anything from painting a canvas, molding a paper-clay figure, origami, and more.

Literary Arts Referrals

During a visit from a Writer in Residence, a patient can choose to participate in a variety of creative writing activities. Examples include Blackout Poetry, journaling, oral histories, and legacy projects. To request a visit from a Writer in Residence for a current inpatient, please call Arts in Medicine…

Dance for Lifelong Health for All

Free weekly dance classes that focus on fun, fitness, creativity and community and use easy dance techniques from jazz, modern, and various national styles that contribute to experiencing the joy of motion. By creating an original dance each week, participants have fun with others, develop a sense of accomplishment…

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR’s six week program offers: Mindfulness meditation instruction Introductory mindful yoga Evidence-based tools for anxiety, depression, & promoting happiness Group dialogue Daily homework assignments 4 CDs and a practice manual This program is approved for 19 continuing education contact hours for Nurses, LMHCs, LMFTs, and LCSWs. Course Fee $165…

Brown Bag Cafe

Brown Bag Café is a performance series that occurs on Fridays from noon-1pm in the North Tower Atrium. During this time, the North Atrium is transformed into a performance space where patients, families, and staff are invited to enjoy live performances during their lunch hour. Our performers are composed of…

An oral history from Heather (Hankins) Ivanov

I was born on September 21, 1968 in Gainesville, Florida. My father was a student in the UF College of Medicine in psychiatry. Not long after I was born, we moved to New York where my father completed his residency at the University of Rochester. I lived there until I…

Awaiting Baby

Needlecraft and fabric painting are the staple of this program for soon to be moms who are on bed rest. Using traditional crafts, the artists engage mother and families in activities that produce an item for their new baby in an effort to re-establish her lost emotional connection as a…