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Sounds to Soothe the Soul

Musician in Residence, Danielle DeCosmo, grew up thinking that singing in 3 part harmony, swing dancing in the kitchen, and drumming on every surface of the house was a normal part of life. Because of this upbringing, music is second nature to Danielle. Danielle has been sharing her talents…

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,…

Programs

Shands Arts in Medicine serves as a national and international model for hospital based performing arts. Bringing dancers, musicians, actors and other performance based artists into the hospital, these programs engage patients and stimulate the environment of care in unexpected ways for the health care staff. Each week, any area…

AIM for Africa

Madeline Austin, Shands at the University of Florida Arts in Medicine program artist-in-residence, recently traveled to East Africa, bringing some of the gifts of the AIM program with her. She first traveled to the Good Hope Orphanage in Tanzania, where she taught hand sewing and…