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Healing Arts Houston

In tandem with a major conference at the University of Houston, this initiative looked at the integration of the arts in medical care and education, engaging a cross-sectional representation of the host city’s arts and health community.


Healing Arts


20 January – 9 October 2022


910 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002, United States

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UN Affiliates

Spanning the course of 10 months in 2022, Healing Arts Houston included workshops, performances, art exhibitions, residencies, and a major three-day conference at the University of Houston. The initiative explored the integration of the arts in medical care and education to engage a cross-sectional representation of Houston’s arts and health community.

Watch a short trailer for the Innovations in Arts and Health Conference below:

"Welcome to Houston! Houston is a leader in healthcare and health sciences, especially with our Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Houston is also a leader in the arts, with a robust program of city grants for the arts, hundreds of pieces in the public art collection, and some of the world’s leading museums, galleries, and performing arts organizations. The city is one of the world’s centers for innovation and collaboration in both fields, and this is why we are thrilled to host “Healing Arts Houston: Innovations in Arts and Health.

Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston

Program Overview

20 January 2022 | Exhibition Tour: The Dirty South
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH)

21 January– 1 October 2022 | Healing Arts Online Fundraising Auction
Curated by Barbara Davis Gallery and featuring works by Ahmed Mater, Luis Delgado-Qualtrough, Edward Burtynsky, and others. 

28 September 2022 | Healing Arts Houston Press Conference & Reception
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Commentary by Christopher Bailey (Arts & Health Lead, WHO) and Hesse McGraw (Executive Director, CAMH)

29 September–9 October 2022 | Exhibition: Cared For 
Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston 
Presentation of the work of Shana Hoehn, Virginia Lee Montgomery, and Sarah Sudhoff – three artists proposing alternative meditations and visualizations of the medical process. 

29 September–1 October 2022 Healing Arts Houston Symposium: Innovations in Arts and Health 
Student Center South, University of Houston


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Lab Co-Directors Stephen Stapleton and Nisha Sajnani with film director Matthew Modine during Healing Arts Houston

Dr Nisha Sajnani speaking with Matthew Modine at Healing Arts Houston

Healing Arts Houston Launch Team

John Blaffer Royall, The Future is Unwritten; Necole Irvin, Director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Houston; Stephen Stapleton, Founding Director, CULTURUNNERS & The Future is Unwritten; Nisha Sajnani, Founder of Arts + Health @ NYU; Andrew Davis, Dean, McGovern College of the Arts, University of Houston and his wife, Corey Tu; Naj Wikoff, Vice President, National Organization for Arts in Health; Dr. Rachel Tova Winer, a clinical psychologist; Todd Frazier, Director of the Center for Performing Arts and Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital; Stephen Spann, Dean, College of Medicine, University of Houston

Lab Co-Director Christopher Bailey speaking with Healing Art Houston attendees.

Audience member at Healing Arts Houston

Andrew Scott, Christopher Bailey, Dr. Andrew Davis and Stephen Stapleton speaking at a Healing Arts Houston panel.

Audience members at Healing Arts Houston.

Dr. Andrew Davis speaking at Healing Arts Houston

Performance at Healing Arts Houston

Healing Arts Houston Panel.

Organizing Committee

Abigail Owen Pontez

Abigail Owen-Pontez

Board Member

Dr Andrew Davis

Dr. Andrew Davis

Dean of the Kathrine G. College

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Founder, Open Mind Project

Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis

Founder, Barbara Davis Gallery

Dr Beverly Barrett

Dr. Beverly Barrett

Educator & Researcher

Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

Art & Health Lead, WHO

Evan Rottet

Evan Rottet

Co-founder, Gaia Collective

Fleurette S Fernando

Fleurette S. Fernando

Founding Director Of The M.A.

John Blaffer Royall

John Blaffer Royall

Chairman, The Future Is Unwritten

Kaleta Blaffer Johnson

Kaleta Blaffer Johnson

Principal, Fortuna Consulting

Lauren Rottet

Lauren Rottet

Architect & Interior Designer

Dr Nisha Sajnani

Dr. Nisha Sajnani

Founder Of Arts And Health

Sanford Dow

Sanford Dow


Dr Stephen J Spann

Dr Stephen J. Spann

University Of Houston

Stephen Stapleton

Stephen Stapleton

Founding Director, Culturunners