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Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute to Highlight Living with Art at Abu Dhabi Art Fair


Cleveland Clinic Art Program Represented on International Stage for First Time

October 24, 2012

For the first time, Cleveland Clinic’s Art Program will be featured on a global platform as it makes its debut at the fourth installment of Abu Dhabi Art.

Joanne Cohen, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Art Program, will discuss the program’s mission in an interview with Hattie Bowering during a session titled “Abu Dhabi Art Interview with Joanne Cohen,” on Nov. 7 inside the “Chairs for Abu Dhabi” exhibit.

A platform for modern and contemporary art and public programs, Abu Dhabi Art brings together a selection of art galleries and highly regarded art enthusiasts from around the world.  Designed to generate an exchange of ideas between influential artists, collectors, gallerists, writers, and curators, the public program explores the impact of art and culture throughout the region of Abu Dhabi. Cohen’s discussion will highlight the influence of art in everyday life, and its impact on people in a clinical setting.

“Cleveland Clinic’s Art Program plays a significant role in how patients perceive the care they have received,” Cohen says. “Our displayed works of art have been carefully chosen in order to provoke thought in those who visit the collection, and reflect positively on the patient and caregiver experience.”

Cleveland Clinic’s Art Program is part of Cleveland Clinic’s Arts & Medicine Institute, which is led by Chairwoman Iva Fattorini, MD The institute collaborates with local, national, and international organizations to use art to help to promote healing and help enhance the lives of patients, families and employees.

Cleveland Clinic’s art collection includes over 4,500 pieces in its facilities around the world.  Cleveland Clinic’s art program organizes four shows a year in the art exhibition area at its main campus near downtown Cleveland, it also offers patients and visitors docent and self-guided audio art tours, coordinates a distance learning program with the Cleveland Museum of Art, offers "Art in the Afternoon Tours" designed specifically for patients with memory loss, and has brought art into patient rooms with TV video loops of 120 artworks paired with music.

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