Arts in Healthcare Survey

The Arts in Montana Healthcare

Around the world, the arts are finding their way into healthcare settings in ever more diverse ways. Patients, their families, staff, direct care providers, administrators and those protecting the financial bottom-line, are discovering that there are a variety of real benefits to this. The Montana Arts Council embarked on an online survey project to inventory the state of the arts and healthcare in Montana to determine where our technical and financial assistance might best be directed. We have surveyed artists, arts organizations, medical direct-care providers and administrators of healthcare settings separately.

The Arts & Healthcare Survey: Executive Summary, May 2012 PDF 3MB

If you if you have questions about the Executive Summary, please email: Kim Baraby Hurtle, or call (406)444-6639.

Arts and healing events and programs can take on a variety of forms. Here is a partial list of examples:

  • Original art displayed throughout the facility and grounds.
  • Art-making sessions, with/or without performances for patients, families/caregivers, and/or staff.
  • Short-term and long-term programming in the visual, folk and traditional, literary, musical and performing arts fields.
  • Performances and readings: for groups and bedside with patients, families/caregivers and/or staff.
  • Programs and events designed to educate, or raise funds to borrow, commission or purchase art for the facility, or design and create programs, or art carts (art supplies and artwork for patient rooms], and healing environments at healthcare facilities.

The term "special populations" was used throughout the surveys and is used in the field of arts in healthcare and healing to save space, reduce repetition and hopefully ease confusion. Although this list is not meant to be exclusive, our definitions of the term for the purpose of this survey are as follows:

Hospital in-patients, or out-patients, who are dealing with short-term or long-term health issues; patients in continuing care facilities and rehabilitation centers; residents of hospice/palliative care centers; individuals living in assisted living, nursing homes and long-term care facilities; clients of adult day care, individuals with disabilities; residents of mental health centers and other specialized settings; and participants in healing/recovery groups, caregivers and families.

Click here for additional information about Arts in Healthcare programs around the country.

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