The success of your arts in healing program depends on properly trained musicians and artists, and the
creation of community in the healthcare setting. Cathy DeWitt, Shands/UF Healthcare Musician in Residence since
1995 and national consultant in arts and health, offers specific workshops and residencies to help you successfully
experience and share the healing power of music in your facility. Her
programs are user-friendly and designed to produce results right away.
In Cathy's training
programs you will learn to:
- Screen, train and organize artists
- Choose the right music and instruments for different situations
- Establish a sense of trust from administrators, nurses, doctors and staff
- Create community partners for increasing resources & public awareness
- Utilize successful fundraising techniques
- Learn the secrets of recruiting and retaining artists
- Harness the power of music to transform the hospital experience
a few samples of Cathy’s workshops which can be customized for your
situation, whether your program is in its infancy or you are looking
to take it to the next level.
Nuts, Bolts & Notes: Building a Hospital Arts and Music Program from the
Ground Floor Up
This workshop shows the best ways to start, expand and maintain an arts in healing
program in your healthcare setting.
Marketing Your Program: From Recruitment to the Gala Fund-Raiser!
Learn to use partnerships, public relations and the press to enhance
awareness in the community and visibility within the institution.
Melody, Memory, Modes, and Moods: Using Music to Trigger Memories, Create
Community and Enhance Mood.
This program has an experiential aspect, and offers a specialization
for Alzheimer’s and dementia clients. Explore the unique way music
creates both an individual subjective experience and a community experience.
eclectic professional musician, Cathy DeWitt is internationally known within
the Arts in Healthcare field as a musician-in-residence,
performer, lecturer, and presenter of educational and experiential
workshops on Music & Healing, Creating Successful Arts in Healthcare
Programs, and research results connecting Creativity & Healthy
Cathy has shared the stage and
the airwaves with Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Garrison Keillor, and jazz
pianists Dave Frischberg and Rob Bargad. She has been a guest speaker
and musician at churches, spiritual retreats and conferences throughout
the country, and has provided music for Bernie Seigel, Alan Cohen, Marianne
Williamson, Wayne Dyer and others. A jazz vocalist and pianist, guitarist
and award-winning songwriter, she serves on the board of the Gainesville
Friends of Jazz and is the Music Director at Unity of Gainesville. She
is a nationally published writer, a public radio host, and a concert
producer. In 1995 she found an unexpected setting for her musical versatility:
the Shands Arts in Medicine program in Gainesville, Florida, where she
has spent over fifteen years creating a pioneering, world-renowned Music
in Medicine program. From piano playing in the hospital lobby to elevator
singalongs, from hallway concerts to bedside harp in the ICUs, Cathy
uses music to transform the hospital environment and the patient experience.
As an expert in the field she was commissioned by VSA Florida and the Department
of State to write and edit “Piece by Piece: Building Successful
Arts in Healthcare Programs.” This handbook is based on multiple
consultations with healthcare facilities throughout the state. Since
then she continues to present workshops and seminars for universities,
arts agencies, hospitals, and eldercare facilities. She is a national
consultant for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and a certified
trainer for the National Center for Creative Aging. Her clients include
Vanderbilt University, San Diego Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association,
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
and the Royal Hospital in London. She is the winner of a Fetzer Grant
for her Healing Music Programs, the Florida Arts Council Individual
Artist Enhancement Grant, the National League of Penwomen Award for
Music, and the 2010 Musician of the Year in her home town of Gainesville,
Cathy to bring her to your hospital, hospice, elder care, or any location that needs a boost in setting up a music or arts in healing program.