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.
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).
Sadie’s two greatest passions are, and have always been, music and helping others. Her favorite part of Arts in Healthcare is the meaningful engagement with participants that combine those passions, and she has had opportunities to do so with a variety of people including the geriatric community, advanced dementia population, and adults with disabilities. Sadie utilizes a wide range of instruments within her scope such as piano, ukulele, guitar, voice, and various percussion instruments. Although primarily a musician, she has experience with and interest in further exploration of visual arts materials.