Does exposure to art, music, dance or storytelling help hospital patients heal faster, reduce pain, and lower health care costs? The Society for the Arts in Health Care believes it does. The organization is holding its 22nd annual conference in San Francisco this week. We talk with organizers, health professionals and artists about art and health.
Healing with Art
Judy Rollins, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and at Georgetown University School of Medicine
Gary Christenson, director of mental health at the Boynton Health Service University of Minnesota, and distinguished fellow at the American Psychiatric Association
Elaine Sims, director of the Gifts of Art Program at the University of Michigan Health System
Megan Cole, stage and television actor
Kyla Upshaw, volunteer musician for Musicians on Call