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Livestream Launch Event: Friday, January 21, 2022

1-1:15 p.m. – Greetings and Introductions

  • Stephen Spann, Dean, Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine, University of Houston
  • Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization

1:15-2:10 p.m. – Featured Talk and Plenary Panel: Healing Arts Leadership, "Uniting Research, Practice and Policy for the Arts and Health"

Presenter: Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization

Panel discussion: Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization; Nisha Sajnani, Professor and Director, Program in Drama Therapy, New York University; Stephen Stapleton, Founding Director, CULTURUNNERS; Fleurette Fernando, Associate Dean and Director, Arts Leadership Program, McGovern College of the Arts

Moderator: Andrew Davis, Dean, McGovern College of the Arts, University of Houston


2:10-3:05 p.m. – Plenary Panel: “Advancing Policy in Support of Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing; Health Equity; and the Arts and Health”

Panelists: Necole Irvin, Director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Houston; Marcellina Melvin, Deputy Director, The Hackett Center for Mental Health; Naj Wikoff, Vice President, National Organization for Arts in Health

Moderator: Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization


3:05-3:45 p.m. – Performance and Conversation: “Viola”

Choreographed by Keerati Jinakunwiphat. Recorded performance presented by Houston Contemporary Dance Company and Kinetic Ensemble.

The performance explores the effects of the four seasons on mental health, particularly during what has been, for many, a full year of relative isolation and loneliness. The performance was choreographed by Keerati Jinakunwiphat in collaboration with Houston Contemporary Dance Company and Kinetic Ensemble, with guidance from Dr. Rachel Tova Winer, a clinical psychologist. A conversation with Dr. Winer and Houston Contemporary Dance Company Artistic and Executive Director Marlana Doyle will follow the airing of the performance.


3:45 p.m.–4:35 p.m. – Featured Talk: A Multimedia Survey of an Integrated, Comprehensive Arts and Medicine Program in the Texas Medical Center.

Presenter: Todd Frazier, Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital

One of the largest and most comprehensive centers of its kind, Houston Methodist's Center for Performing Arts Medicine manages collaborative divisions of health care for performing and visual artists, hospital arts integration programs for patients, arts enrichment offerings for employees, creative arts therapy for patients and employees, and arts and medicine clinical research. This multimedia presentation will take the audience inside the hospital, offering examples of health care through the arts as well as program evaluation through patient and employee research, surveys, and data on financial and health care outcomes.

As a finale to the presentation, a live performance of “Hymn for Strength” will offer an example of a collaborative arts-in-health project recently completed in Houston. “Hymn for Strength” was commissioned by the Houston Chamber Choir and written for a combined Healthcare Choir and Houston Chamber Choir. The piece premiered on November 6th, 2021 at South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. With text by Outspoken Bean, Poet Laureate of the City of Houston, and music by J. Todd Frazier, the piece is dedicated to healthcare employees, caregivers, and first responders fighting COVID-19 in the community and around the world.


4:35-4:45 p.m. – Conclusions 


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