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Arts in Health

Our mission is to serve as a contact to support medical innovations at the intersection of arts and medicine.

We connect researchers with opportunities to explore best practices in arts and health pathways, identify new ways to approach the design of therapeutic advances, and facilitate team science involving the arts as a catalyst for innovation.  We also partner to connect the community and VCU researchers to needs within the VCU Health's Arts in Health Program, exploring the connection between art, healing and public health.  Recent projects have included:

  • Augmented and virtual reality use in health care settings
  • Integrated medical device development and prototype design collaboration
  • Narrative medicine in the promotion of healing
  • The development of biomarkers for music interventions

In partnership with the VCU Health’s Arts in Healthcare program, we have access to a living wellness laboratory focused on transforming the health care experience by connecting people with the power of the arts at key moments in their lives. The arts benefit patients by aiding in their physical, mental and emotional recovery, including relieving anxiety and decreasing the perception of pain.

Faculty and students interested in Arts in Healthcare research have opportunities to bring research to engage, observe, measure and challenge the health care environment to better serve human needs and ultimately improve quality of life.  Assets for evaluation include specific services and their impact on health outcomes, installations intended to provide a supportive and enriching environment, special projects within the VCU Health System permanent fine art collection and performance art.


For more information on Arts in Health opportunities and events, please visit the Arts in Health section of the One VCU Clinical Research blog. 

For general inquiries about Arts in Health opportunities, please contact:

Elizabeth B. Collins, M.A., CCRP
Arts in Health research liaison
(804) 828-0819