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Welcome To Creative Care, LLC.

Meaningful art programming for healthcare clients.

The mission of Creative Care, LLC.  is to provide meaningful art programming for healthcare clients, arts engagement training for staff, and a livable wage for student art facilitators.

Art for...

A work of art created for the purpose of visual delight would be an appreciation of beauty or decoration…

When an artist conveys information about his or her personality, feelings or world view – separate from a social cause, a sale or commission…

Using art to aid and enhance religious contemplation, religious institutions around the world have found ways to incorporate artists` creativity into their sacred practices…

Commemoration is something done as an aid to memory and artwork made for this purpose links us with humanity that stretches back in time…

An artist interested in providing commentary, views art`s primary goal as communication between artists and viewer by means of subject matter…

Government buildings, public monuments, television commercials, and film all use the power of art to influence people’s opinions and actions…

Questions for the Creatives?

Curious about the roles of arts in health professionals?    How can you get involved?

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Arts Advocacy

“Arts in Healthcare was a new endeavor at Sanford Vermillion Care Center. Ari’s approach to engage residents has contributed to the quality of life of our residents. Her unique approach has enhanced engagement and relationships between residents, families and staff. Outcomes - supervised by our clinical team - demonstrate significant decrease in behavioral issues and dependence on anti-psychotic medications used to control behaviors. Our residents, families and staff have been impacted significantly by an Arts in Healthcare program innovatively delivered at Sanford Vermillion Care Center."

Timothy Tracy Senior Director (CEO) Sanford Vermillion Medical Center

“USD students participating in the Arts in Health certificate program have gained a new skill set for their careers.  Several students have decided they will continue to pursue Arts in Health as a career. Creative Care has qualified professionals to help the community use art for healing in our contemporary world.”

Cory Knedler Chair, Department of Art University of South Dakota

“Working alongside Ari Albright is a blessing not only for the creative care team but the people supported. I have witnessed great change in people’s spirits, wellness, personalities, and behaviors; for instance I witnessed a very “unemotional jokester” pour out their emotions on canvas with alcohol inks, only to later sob with joy over discovering emotions about his self and family heritage. This was a trivial moment that changed the artistic nature of every person in that room that day, and I know that Ari Albright and her team can continue to provide the supplies for moments like these in the future.”

Heather Lynn Steffen Arts in Health Intern

Our Team

Ariadne Albright
Director
Ariadne Albright

Ariadne (Ari) Albright is an artist and traveler who has spent three decades creating narrative paintings that explore themes of identity and belonging. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ariadne (air-ee-odd-knee) received her B.F.A. in Printmaking, from the University of Washington and M.F.A. in Painting, from the University of South Dakota (USD). Employed as an artist and art educator, Ari is the Arts Program Coordinator at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center (SVMC); a roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC); she initiated the arts in health curriculum at USD and serves as board member of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH).

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Xiola Etherington
Arts in Health Facilitator
Xiola Etherington

Xiola has been involved in music for as long as she can remember. Specializing in the horn, she has played in many ensembles through the University of South Dakota and is currently a member of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. A musician by trade, she is working to learn instruments appropriate for bedside and healthcare environments, and she enjoys incorporating many modalities into her Arts in Healthcare work, especially creative writing and visual arts. She has always been drawn to caregiving, and loves that she has been given the opportunity to meld her two passions to better serve those in need.

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Lindsay Seier
Arts in Health Facilitator
Lindsay Seier

Lindsay is fueled by her passion for the arts. There is nothing more Lindsay wants than being able to serve others while using her interests. She is currently a student at the University of South Dakota working to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Painting, along with a minor in Art History and Psychology and a Certificate in Arts in Healthcare. Lindsay’s most used medium is oil paint currently, but is exploring ways to tie other modalities, such as dance and photography, into her paintings.  She is a dancer outside of school and aspires to use dance and visual art in her future career to better the well-being of others around her. Lindsay found her purpose during her time as an intern at Sanford Arts Vermillion, and she is extremely eager to continue to mature in her arts in medicine education.

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Heather Steffen
Arts in Health Facilitator
Heather Steffen

Heather has always been a creative spirit. She was born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota to a family who supported her every dream. She was a first generation student at the University of South Dakota, where she began to pursue her passions of psychology and art, especially painting. While in college, she traveled to London on an art history trip, Paris, Rome, and Amsterdam on a spring break art exploration, and Portland, Oregon on a health and wellness trip, where she had the opportunity to help homeless populations. It was through her studies, travels, and college job of in-home care for people with disabilities, that she discovered her desire to bring the arts into healthcare settings. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a double minor in art and art history. Now, Heather dabbles in all mediums of artistic expression, including writing, painting, and fashion design. She recently completed her first mural for a counseling service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she currently lives. She also works with Creative Care LLC to bring wellness through the arts to various populations.

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Camp Create, Summer 2019

The Creative Care team had the opportunity to help out at Camp Create again this year! Hosted by LifeScape Center for the…

White Ribbon: Ari's Works on Display at Ipso Gallery

The Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce in Sioux Falls, SD is featuring two works by Ari Albright. Running from August 9th to…

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