The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing (AIH) program continues to gain momentum, serving a wider variety of constituents at multiple sites.
AIH currently has teaching artists scheduled for sessions at Our Lady of Peace and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. At the VA hospital, AIH musicians (cello, harp) have performed throughout the site, including the Hospice Unit. Recent sessions that have been well-received include a Visual Art collage session, a Songwriting workshop, and regularly scheduled drumming circles in the Substance Abuse Recovery unit.
AIH administrator Kristen Hughes reports "while I was there with Lorinda in the lobby playing the Harp, a recently discharged man who had participated in the Songwriting, Visual Art and drumming sessions walked up, looked me in the eye, took my hand and said, “Thanks for all the inspiration”. What a moment!"
A prior successful series of activities at Nazareth Home (senior citizens) and Frazier Rehab Institute (patients with Parkinson's) recently concluded. Additional funding is being sought to continue work at both locations.
With funding from the Crusade for Children, The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program will begin work in the next 30 days at Home of the Innocents, sharing the healing power of the arts with abused, neglected, abandoned, medically fragile and autistic children.
In 2012, AIH is scheduled to begin working with Kentucky's Volunteers of America program. The primary focus of that program will be 12-weeks of theatrical and songwriting workshops concluding with an informal performance, funded by the Louisville Community Foundation, which targets women recovering from substance abuse and their children.