Q: What distinguishes Arts in Health from Creative Arts Therapies?

A: The following definitions were taken as an excerpt  from the National Organization for Arts in Health 2017 White Paper, to reference the current language defining the fields of Arts in Health with the underlying fields of Arts in Community Health and Arts in Healthcare, as well as the Creative Arts Therapies and Expressive Arts Therapies. 

  • Arts in Health: A broad and growing academic discipline and field of practice dedicated to using the power of the arts to enhance human health and well-being in diverse institutional and community contexts.
  • Arts in Community Health: The domain of Arts in Health that refers to using the arts within community health or public health settings.
  • Arts in Healthcare: The domain of Arts in Health that pertains to using the arts within clinical settings. Frequently used synonymously with the term Arts in Medicine.
  • Creative Arts Therapies: Six well-established health professions that “use distinct arts-based methods and creative process-es for the purpose of ameliorating disability and illness and optimizing health and wellness. Treatment outcomes include, for example, improving communication and expression, and increasing physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social functioning” (www.nccata.org)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy: A professional field that “combine(s) the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development” (www.ieata.org)”

National Organization for Arts in Health. (2017) Arts, Health, and well-being in America. San Diego, CA: Author. 

Q: Why bring the arts into healthcare environments?

A: Programs and initiatives supervised by credentialed professional, artists practicing in health and clinicians in the creative arts therapies, work toward four overarching goals ; to enhance the healthcare experience, to promote public health, to support community well-being, to foster resiliency of professional and family caregivers.

“Findings suggest that integrating the arts and CATs into clinical and community healthcare settings and initiatives can lead to four key benefits: 

  • Enhancements in the environment of care for patients and caregivers; 
  • Improved outcomes, such as reductions in anxiety, pain, length of stay, and readmissions in hospitals;
  • Increased well-being;
  • Enhanced effectiveness in health communication.”

National Organization for Arts in Health. (2017). Arts, Health, and well-being in America. San Diego, CA: Author. 

Q: How does Creative Care, LLC. operate?

A: 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.  Ari Albright worked as a sole proprietor (artist, art educator, instructor, etc.) providing her skills and expertise in the arts to those around her, for many years. It quickly became a necessity for Albright to form Creative Care, LLC. to serve populations on a regional and community level.

Q: How would an individual seek employment, internship, residency with Creative Care, LLC.? 

A: If you are a student, artist or formal organization looking to partner with Creative Care, LLC.  please contact our team via email at creatievcarellc@hotmail.com or via phone at (605) 675-9830.