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About Arts & Medicine Institute

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

Primary Focus

  • 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.

Arts & Medicine Institute Team

Francois Bethoux, MD
Medical Director

Maria Jukic, JD
Executive Director

Lisa Gallagher, MA, MT-BC
Research Program Manager

Genell Tuck
Administrative Program Coordinator

Martha Minor

Art Program

Joanne Cohen
Executive Director & Curator

Jennifer Finkel, PhD

Bellamy Printz, MFA

Kathryn Koran, MAM
Registrar & Assistant Curator

Kristen McDowell
Department Coordinator

Noel Ward

Tim Gaewsky, MFA

Art Therapy Program

Tamara Shella, MA, ATR-BC
Art Therapy Program Manager

Kelly Pecl-Dreamer
Art Therapist

Meredith McCulloch, MA, ATR-BC, PC
Art Therapist

Katherine Taricska
Art Therapist

Music Therapy Program

Debbie Bates, MMT, MT-BC
Music Therapy Program Manager

Laura Higgins, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Christine Bomberger, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Melissa Onabajo, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Stephanie Morris, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Patricia Eden, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Kaitlin Emmert, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Arissa Kyler
Music Therapist

Philanthropy Institute (PI)

Karen Wyman 
Director of Development

2015 News Archive

Arts & Medicine released its second newsletter Volume II – 2015

The newsletter gives a year-end review of the programs offered along with first-hand stories from the patients who have benefited.

2014 News Archive

Cleveland: At the Crossroads of Healing and the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts recently sat down with Maria Jukic, JD, Executive Director of the Arts & Medicine Institute, and CPAC Director, Tom Schorgl to discuss the intersection of arts and healthcare in the region, highlighting Cleveland Clinic's programs.

More Hospitals Use the Healing Powers of Public Art

Researchers are learning more about the precise ways paintings and other works of art help patients and families in the healing process.

Arts & Medicine Announces Inaugural Newsletter

Arts & Medicine has compiled its first newsletter detailing the impact of its programs in the healthcare environment and first-hand stories from the patients who have benefited.

Paint, Write, Sing: How the Arts Help Heal Patients

Art programs in hospitals are growing. Learn more about what the Arts and Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic is doing to help patients heal.

2013 News Archive

Art Program Executive Director contributes to making Shaker Heights an "arts town"

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.

Cleveland Clinic uses artwork to positively impact the comfort and stress levels of patients

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.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides art for a healthier brain

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.

Submit your design for an art installation at Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus

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 for more information or questions.

Cuyahoga County Residents Helped our Arts & Medicine Institute Partner Programs Win a Grant

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.

A program for those with memory loss and their care partners

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.

Music therapy helps college professor speak again

Learn how music therapy helped a patient with aphasia.

Cleveland Clinic to Host "Arts and Medicine for India" Symposium, a Collaboration with Kochi-Muziris Biennale

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.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Arts & Medicine Institute.
If you need more information about our programs, upcoming events, please contact us:

1950 Richmond Road/TR-308
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Phone: 216.448.8330
Fax: 216.448.8335
Website: Arts and Medicine