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This event was part of two-day conference, sponsored by NH State Council on the Arts and Concord Hospital to advance the use of the arts in New Hampshire healthcare settings, and includes a Symposium for healthcare leaders, and a Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations.

Keynote Speaker: Gary Christenson, M.D.,
President, Global Alliance for Arts and Health (formerly Society for the Arts in Healthcare)

"Why We Need the Arts in Medicine and Public Health"Gary Christenson
Dr. Gary Christenson is Chief Medical Officer at Boynton Health Service on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Campus, an adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has special expertise in college mental health, impulsive and compulsive disorders, and the interface of the arts and medicine. Dr. Christenson chairs Boynton’s Art Committee, which oversees an arts program featuring special exhibitions, a permanent collection of art centered on the artistic achievements of University alumni, students, staff, and faculty, as well as live musical performances in coordination with the University’s Music Therapy Program. Dr. Christenson is a past co-chair of the Midwest Arts in Healthcare Network, and current president of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health (formerly the Society for the Arts in Healthcare), an international membership organization committed to the promotion of education, advocacy, and research concerning the contributions that the arts make to health and healing. Dr. Christenson is a regularly featured speaker at the The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing conference held annually in Australia and received their Award for Excellence for International work in Arts & Health in 2012. His article “Why We Need the Arts in Medicine” was featured in the July 2011 issue of Minnesota Medicine, the journal of the Minnesota Medical Association.

View bios of all conference presenters: pdf

Download the Conference Announcement: pdf
Download the Conference Press Release: pdf

The arts support healing and wellness - both for those receiving and those giving care – by offering a natural, evidence-based, cost-effective complement to treatment.  Engaging with the arts encourages creative approaches to healing and wellness, and offers people a sense of self and wholeness when they are feeling most fragile. 


  • explored the value of the arts in helping people heal;
  • learned about research and evidence of AIH’s efficacy and cost-effectiveness;
  • heard about and see examples of best practices in healthcare organizations in New Hampshire and around the country;
  • gained practical tools to initiate or advance arts programs;
  • learnd about the resources of New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, including grant funding for arts in healthcare projects;
  • discussed a New Hampshire Arts-in-Health network for continued information sharing.
Conference Details:

Friday, June 7, 2013 Symposium for Healthcare Leaders and Practitioners

Download the Symposium Agenda: pdf

The NH Arts-in-Health Symposium brings together healthcare leaders and practitioners to learn,
network, discuss, and share best arts-in-healthcare practices. With tools and information,
healthcare organizations and caregivers can maximize limited resources and make the most of
the arts to enhance healing and quality of life. Participants will learn how the arts help people
heal, strengthen, and enjoy improved quality of life.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and Nursing Contact Hours.
Concord Hospital Professional Practice and Development is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the NH Nurses Association Commission on Continuing Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

For more information contact:
Alice Kinsler, Concord Hospital, 603.227.7000 x3867,

Saturday, June 8, 2013 Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations
Download the June 8 Workshop Agenda: pdf

Artists working in healthcare facilities need a special body of knowledge, skills, and experience
to engage with the needs of patients, clients, and residents in a complex medical setting.
This Professional Development Workshop will help prepare artists to be part of a healing
environment where they provide hands-on work to improve people’s quality of life.
Participants will also learn about grant and partnership opportunities; and the Arts-in-Health directory of the NH State Council on the Arts.

For more information contact:
Catherine O’Brian, NH State Council on the Arts, 603.271.0795,

Last updated: June 18, 2013

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