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Arts in Medicine
Arts in Medicine is an emerging field within healthcare that addresses what many have long known and medical research is now proving that music, writing, dance, storytelling and other art activities can play an important role in healing not just the body, but the mind and spirit of an individual.

The overall goal of Arts in Medicine is to integrate performing, meditative and visual arts into a wide variety of settings to promote community wellness. Through the program, Sacred Heart will bring artists, artwork and performers into the hospital to provide activities at the bedside and in outpatient clinical areas and waiting rooms. Activities may include, visual, musical, theatrical, movement, spoken and written arts.

Sacred Heart's Arts in Medicine program is part of the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine's initiative to use arts to improve health care in rural communities throughout Florida. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast was one of five organizations to receive funding from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment of the Arts and the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine. Sacred Heart's hospital in Gulf County was one of the initial organizations to receive funding through the initiative in 2010.

Poetry for Lunch

Poetry For Lunch is held every second Wednesday of the month in the atrium of the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Patients, staff and visitors come and relax as they listen to talented artists perform during lunch.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast

Don't miss Robin Horne performing in our hospital on the first Wednesday of the month!

Get Involved

Artists, musicians, performers and art lovers are invited to volunteer with Sacred Heart's Arts in Medicine Program. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in Sacred Heart's Arts in Medicine program, please contact Sharon Abele at 278-3081 or

In the News

Donation of artwork brings sunshine into hospital (March 14, 2013)
Featured in The Walton Sun

The Art of Healing (Feb-March 2013)
Featured in Emerald Coast Magazine

Sinfonia Joins Medical Program (Aug. 30, 2012)
Featured in The Daily News

Our Coastal Arts Scene Interview with Claire Bannerman (June 1, 2012)
Featured on 30A Radio

An Interlude of Arts & Medicine (Summer 2012)
Featured in Destin Magazine

New Interest in the Healing Power of the Arts (May 24, 2012)
Featured in The Beachcomber

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Don't miss the upcoming Arts in Medicine Events!
Aug 14 - Oct 9: Poetry for Lunch

Sept 12 - Oct 24: The Art of Improv


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