Fine art is good medicine.
It comforts, elevates the spirit, and affirms life and hope. Art in the healthcare setting, combined with outstanding care and service, creates an ambience that encourages healing and supports the work of medical professionals.
As one of the world’s great medical centers, Cleveland Clinic has always included the arts in its healing environment. The four founders and subsequent leadership encouraged artistic and musical expression by employees. Distinguished artworks have long hung on the walls. In 1983, an Aesthetics Committee was officially formed at Cleveland Clinic to address issues of art and design in Cleveland Clinic facilities.
- To enhance the Cleveland Clinic experience through the arts
- To practice and investigate the use of the arts in healing
- To build community around the arts, health and medicine
- Patients: To enhance the well-being of patients who come to Cleveland Clinic for care, followed by families, visitors, staff, employees, students and the community.
- Performance: Support performing arts, as they enhance the medical environment, express ideas and emotions, and offer therapeutic benefits.
- Research: Initiates and carries out investigations into the effects of art and culture in the medical environment. It measures results to improve quality.
- Community: Interacting with local, national and international organizations in a positive and mutually beneficial way.
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2013 News Archive
Joanne Cohen, Executive Director of Arts and Medicine Institute's Art Program, discusses her background in and passion for the arts as she leads the Shaker Life Magazine through the highlights of Cleveland Clinic's art collection.
Joanne Cohen, Executive Director of Arts and Medicine Institute's Art Program, discusses the benefit of artwork in the healthcare environment and unique aspects of Cleveland Clinic's collection.
Art plays a prominent role at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The facility's architecture was designed world renowned architect, Frank Gehry, the extensive collection of artwork, the development of an art therapy program, and a distance learning program conducted with the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Cleveland Clinic will be participating in the "Play Me, I'm Yours" interactive artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. The artwork consists of decorated pianos that are placed in public spaces for everyone to use. The piano will be on display on the Crile Mall from July 19 - August 12, 2013. If you are interested in submitting a design for the decorated piano or wish to participate in the decorating process, please complete the forms in the piano design guidelines and submit by May 23, 2013. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions.
The Arts & Medicine Institute is participating in a project that was selected through a public voting process to receive a Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Creative Culture Grant. The Daring to be “Dumbo” project led by the Dancing Wheels organization will fund the creation of a film about bullying and social injustice. Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute will help by broadcasting the documentary at our facilities.
Kathryn Koran from the Arts and Medicine Institute's Art Program talks about the Art in the Afternoon Program and the artwork in the hospital.
Learn how music therapy helped a patient with aphasia.
Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute will host “Arts and Medicine for India,” a symposium to create awareness of the arts and medicine concept, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, during India’s biennial exhibition of contemporary art – the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012.