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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…

Lose your Dialysis Blues

Visual artists bring painting, drawing and collage supplies on a mobile cart into the Dialysis Unit and work with pediatric patients while they are tethered to the dialysis machines. On occasion, musical performances are arranged for the unit. All of these activities are designed to reduce…

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…

Butterfly Connection

Just around the corner from Shands, housed at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is the McGuire Center’s Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit, a wonderful, colorful place that lifts the spirits and brings joy to all who enter this transformative space. The Butterfly Connection is a collaboration between Shands Arts in…

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…

About Arts in Medicine

Shands Arts in Medicine (AIM) was founded in 1990 at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. AIM is a multidisciplinary organization, with programs in the visual, literary, musical and performance arts. AIM serves inpatients and outpatients of all ages, their families, visitors, health care providers, the Gainesville and statewide…