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A Pioneer in Arts & Healing: Michigan Medicine’s Gifts of Art

Photo courtesy of Gifts of Art.

Art in hospitals is now a given thanks to pioneering programs like Gifts of Art at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine. 

Here at Artwork Archive, we have the privilege of supporting organizations that bring art into the world. One of our esteemed users, the University of Michigan, is a pioneer in the world of arts and health with its Gifts of Art program at Michigan Medicine.

Established in 1986, the Gifts of Art program is one of the first and most comprehensive arts in medicine programs nationwide. It brings the world of art and music to patients, families, visitors, faculty, students and staff at the University of Michigan’s multi-hospital medical center.

Gifts of Art is a remarkable case study in making a significant impact without large philanthropic dollars. The program serves over a thousand inpatient beds, a staff of 26,000, and over two million outpatient visits annually with programming that includes nine galleries, a bedside art making program, an Art Cart, weekly public concerts, a full medical center orchestra, and more. 

What Artists Should Know About Working with Interior Designers

A few years ago we posed the question, “Why do we need art in our homes?”

While it feels like a simple question, with an even simpler answer, the truth is that it goes way beyond bringing a little color into the living room.

Art breathes life into a space. It allows us to express ourselves, encouraging dialogue and welcoming emotion. It reminds us of what is possible—all to help turn an ordinary house into a home. 

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