The arts – music, visual, literary and dance – play an integral role in healing and promoting the well-being of patients, caregivers and staff in healthcare settings. Engaging in the arts may include enjoying a musical performance, listening to a vocalist, watching an artist paint, creating your own masterpiece, reading poetry or writing your own short story. Whether you engage actively or passively with the arts in healthcare settings, research has shown that these artistic interventions can improve health outcomes by reducing pain and anxiety, supporting caregiver wellness and transforming the patient experience.
The Miami Cancer Institute Arts in Medicine program is comprised of professional musicians, singers, visual artists and literary artists. In addition to the performing artists-in-residence, clinical therapeutic artists board-certified in art therapy and music therapy will soon be available. In order to provide an immersive art experience, patients have the opportunity to engage with artists throughout the Institute. Artists perform and create artworks in the main lobbies, clinic waiting areas, radiation and chemotherapy waiting areas, chemotherapy infusion suites and the outdoor meditation garden. Creative workshops are available for patients in active treatment.
The goals of Miami Cancer Institute’s Arts in Medicine program are to:
- Engage patients, caregivers and staff in the arts
- Cultivate a healing environment
- Create a therapeutic venue for self-expression
- Develop coping skills and reduce stress and anxiety
- Strengthen patient and staff communication
- Advance outcomes’ research within the field
New Meaning to "The Healing Arts"
Clinical evidence shows that cancer patients who engage in the arts report significantly lower levels of stress, anxiety and nausea during chemotherapy infusions.
Miami Cancer Institute’s Arts in Medicine program, part of the Cancer Patient Support Center services, was developed to help patients harness the healing power of the arts to better cope with their illness and treatment.
Request an artistic or musical interaction during an upcoming visit
Miami Cancer Institute’s Arts in Medicine program is open to all patients receiving active treatment. To request an artistic interaction, please communicate your interest with your nurse or clinician during your upcoming appointment. A referral will be placed and fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.
To request more information about the program, art activities, workshops or therapeutic referrals, please email [email protected].
The artists-in-residence at Miami Cancer Institute have expertise in the visual, literary and musical performing arts. From soothing piano music in the lobbies and waiting areas, to interactive song-writing and creative visual arts at chair-side, artists-in-residence create a meaningful engagement, encourage creative expression to reduce stress and improve the patient experience and quality of life. This program explores how the arts impact physical and psychological symptoms experienced by patients during their cancer journey.
Alexis Alleyne-CaputoVisual Artist
Ms. Alleyne-Caputo is an anthropologist, researcher and award-winning interdisciplinary and visual artist. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, and earned both her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from New York University, New York, N.Y. She is a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Johan Graham-Pole scholarship through the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Of her work at Miami Cancer Institute: During my artist-in-residence engagement with Miami Cancer Institute, I seek to elevate the patient experience with art practices as a conduit to balance the patient experience through life-affirming work.
Monica Lopez De VictoriaVisual Artist
Ms. Lopez De Victoria is a Miami-based multidisciplinary visual artist and choreographer in artistic and synchronized swimming. She has participated in many large-scale public artworks and been featured in international exhibitions. Her work has been included in L’Officiel magazine, The Guardian, STEP Inside Design, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Italia and on the cover of ARTnews magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and video from Florida International University, Miami, FL.
Of her work at Miami Cancer Institute: My extensive experience as an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist empowers patients to discover beauty through creativity. I focus on the healing effects of art-making through the internal geometry of the mind and heart, the intellect and emotion, and the gradient of feelings that connect our journeys.
Dr. Ilidis is an accomplished pianist who enjoys concerto performances, solo recitals and chamber music concerts. He has performed at many conferences and music series and is on the faculty of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Dr. Iliadis holds degrees from California State University, Long Beach, CA, and the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki at the University of Macedonia, Thes-saloniki, Greece. He completed his doctorate at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Miami, FL.
Of his work at Miami Cancer Institute: The greatest fulfillment for me is the opportunity to share music with the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow musicians and most importantly, I am delighted to share, connect and communicate with audiences.
Ms. Pedersen is one of South Florida’s favorite entertainers, a highly sought-after studio singer and a well-respected educator. She has headlined festivals and concerts around the globe, sang on hundreds of recordings and commercials, conducts master classes and workshops, and teaches at Miami Dade College and Barry University in Miami, FL. She earned a Master-of-Music in jazz performance from Florida International University in Miami, and is a graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Studio Music and Jazz Vocal program.
Of her work at Miami Cancer Institute: I believe that music in general and the voice in particular is the most healing force on the planet. The positive vibrations that flow out of your mouth on a cushion of air into the atmosphere keeps going and going and never ends, bringing energy and life force to everything it touches. At the same time, the music that enters your body as you listen has the power to change you, body and soul. But the real truth about singing is this: It just feels so good!
Dr. Savitzky is an active performer, teacher, orchestral and chamber musician. She is a founding member of The Wild (a string quartet) and has performed in the viola sections of the Naples Philharmonic and the Florida Grand Opera. Robyn received a 2014 Grammy nomination for her performance on Jeremy Fox’s “All My Tomorrows.” She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She also received her artist diploma from the Frost School of Music and holds viola performance degrees from New York University and Indiana University.
Of her work at Miami Cancer Institute: As a musician, I believe in the transformative and healing nature of performance. I value the profound ways in which music can communicate ideas, concepts and expression that words alone cannot. My purpose is to share music in order to connect, comfort and uplift.
Mr. Seepersad is an active chamber musician and principal violinist with the South Beach Chamber Ensemble. In addition, he is a pianist and musical director for Broadway musicals. He received a Bachelor of Music in business entertainment and marketing, and a Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Of his work at Miami Cancer Institute: As an artist-in-residence, my goal is to use music to humanize the healthcare environment and bring a creative and spiritual experience to our patients.
Ms. Visconti is a singer/songwriter and winner of the National YoungArts Foundation award in pop voice. She teaches dance and music therapy techniques to individuals with disabilities in the community. She earned her Bachelor of Science in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Florida International University, Miami, FL.
Of her work at Miami Cancer Institute: My hope is that I’m able to uplift and empower all community members at Miami Cancer Institute through the undeniable force of music.
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