NJ Arts in Health & Wellness Summit – A Great Start!

On Tuesday, June 8, participants from all over New Jersey gathered for the NJ Arts in Health & Wellness Summit, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and organized by the Arts in Healthcare Steering Committee of Arts Plan NJ.

Representatives from many aspects of the arts and healthcare were in attendance including artists, physicians, arts administrators, therapists, educators, funders and healthcare administrators. Speakers included Michael Bzdak of Johnson & Johnson; Carol Herbert of Arts Plan NJ and the NJ State Council on the Arts; Sharon Burton Turner of the NJSCA; Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno; Evlyn Baker of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare; and the co-chairs of the Steering Committee, Brian Dallow of Music for All Seasons and Karen Carbonello of Creative Heartwork.

Edie Elkan (pictured above) shared harp music during registration and Lou Watson, singer/songwriter, performed during the afternoon breaks.

Attendees broke into four focus groups with facilitators and scribes. The focus groups were stimulating, challenging and absolutely stupendous. The groups were created with a good balance of attendees from all over the arts and healthcare spectrum and attendees had a chance to discuss, in groups of about 20, the five main areas the Steering Committee had chosen to focus on, as well as weigh in on other issues of potential importance. The areas are:

  • Communication
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Advocacy & Arts in Healthcare Day
  • Inventory & Database
  • Professional Training & Development

The energy and enthusiasm was palpable in the groups and the excitement is building for this initiative. The group gathered at the end of the day to report on the focus group discussions and to discuss our next steps and a proposed November Summit, as well as to encourage participants to get directly involved by joining a committee. It is the goal and desire of the Steering Committee to be inclusive and expand the subcommittee working groups to include anyone who has the time and interest in Arts & Wellness to work on one or more of the five committees or to help the Steering Committee’s plans for the follow up Summit in November. Please fill out this form to indicate your interest so that we may be in touch with you.

We’re all very excited by the initial meeting and the feedback we’ve been receiving on this event. Thank you!

Guest bloggers: Karen Carbonello, Creative Heartworks and Brian Dallow, Music for All Seasons, Steering Committee Co-Chairs

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