The UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine team recognizes the importance of creativity. Art-making can help patients take their minds off what they’re going through and transform their hospital experience. It can also create a bond among faculty and staff.
In July the AIM team expanded its Creative for Health program, encouraging patients, visitors, faculty and staff to participate in creativity prompts with a quarterly theme — Community, Gratitude, Creativity and Hope.
“Creativity promotes self-care,” said Dylan Klempner, the AIM writer-in-residence and visual artist who developed the prompts. “This is essentially a creative challenge that we wanted to extend to the UF Health community and staff.”
The quarterly themes and exercises are meant to inspire art-making, which can be expressed in the form of a sketch, painting, watercolor, collage, photograph, print, sculpture, literary piece or computer-generated image. The team also encourages engaging in performing arts.
“By creating themes to work with, we hope it will act as an inspiration for somebody who is interested in creating art for his or her health,” said Kris Sullivan, AIM program coordinator.