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Agenda and Schedule


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in and Light Breakfast

Activity: Start off your conference experience and get your creative energies flowing by participating in an upcycling activity. Artist and social entrepreneur, Nicole McGee is the owner of Upcycle Parts Shop, a store that sells found objects to those who use them in novel ways. Nicole will have a “buffet” of reclaimed materials available for conference attendees who would like to customize their own nametags.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Welcome to the Global Center for Health Innovation!

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care

Opening Keynote: Gary Glazner, founder and executive director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, will relate simple techniques to create high-quality arts programs, build communication skills and help increase the ability to connect with people living with memory loss...

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Arts and Culture in a Changing Healthcare Landscape

Panel Discussion: Technology, patient-centered care and healthcare reform have changed the landscape of the health sector. How do the expressive arts therapies, arts-infused healing practices and artistic expression fit into...

11:15 - 11:45 a.m. The Healing Power of Music

Interactive Session: Music therapy has the ability to improve physical and emotional health outcomes, serve as a social outlet and be a means of expression for patients...

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. A Research Agenda for Arts and Health

Lunch Keynote: Sunil Iyengar, research & analysis director, National Endowment for the Arts, (NEA), will discuss the efforts of the NEA’s federal taskforce to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life, and how research has changed the conversation in Washington...

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Meeting Specialized Needs Through Arts and Health

Panel Discussion: Innovative arts and culture programming is addressing the health and wellness needs of different groups. How are artists and healthcare professionals harnessing creative activity...

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Vital Signs: Cleveland Museum of Art Programs for Healthcare Professionals

Group Presentation: The Vital Signs program engages healthcare professionals using the Cleveland Museum of Art’s galleries and collections to build skills critical to medical education and practice. This session will feature...

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. The Arts and Health Economy

Panel Discussion: The arts and health field is not only positively impacting health outcomes and social change – it is also strengthening our economy. Learn how...

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Wrap-up

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Creative Minds Gathering

Reception: Unwind with your colleagues after a day of learning, and experience the musical talents of violinist, Ariel Clayton...



8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in and Light Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Operation Paydirt

Day 2 Opening Keynote: Conceptual and multidisciplinary artist, Mel Chin is inviting communities to imagine, express and actualize social change through Operation Paydirt. Learn how Operation Paydirt is advancing lead awareness with education, supporting science and remediation efforts, and how the arts are being used to drive urban planning and advocacy efforts for national policy change...

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. The Dancing Wheels Company

Performance: If dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities. That is the fundamental belief behind the Dancing Wheels Company...

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Discussion Charrette

Discussion: Cleveland’s wealth of arts and culture institutions, individual artists, healthcare facilities and human services providers present Cleveland with significant opportunities to improve individual and community health. This session will give attendees an opportunity...

11:45 - 12:45 p.m. The Expanding Role for Arts and Culture in Health Care

Presentation: The MetroHealth System is undergoing a transformation of its campus. Learn from MetroHealth’s president and CEO, Dr. Akram Boutros, about the evolving role...

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The Policy Environment for Arts and Health

Panel Discussion: The public policy environment impacting the arts and health intersection is dynamic and undergoing significant change. Learn from our panel...

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Fostering Health through Improvisational Theatre

Interactive Performance: How can theater be used as a tool to resolve conflict, understand the inner-workings of bullying and teach empathy in the medical community?

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Setting a Shared Agenda

Discussion: Based on the ideas, examples and strategies shared over the course of this conference, what future do we envision for the arts and health intersection in Cleveland?...

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. The Last One: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Closing Keynote: Hear from Nadine Licostie, director of “The Last One”, as she discusses her filmmaking journey, uncovering the birth of the AIDS Memorial Quilt—the largest ongoing community art project in the world—and its subsequent impact on politics, science and the media...

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

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