|Artists invited into “Arts in Healthcare” Program|
Experienced Orange County artists from various disciplines are invited to participate in a
working seminar on the Arts and Healthcare. A combination of think tank and field
research, the seminar will develop the artist’s knowledge and experience in new
approaches to programming in arts and healthcare, particularly in services to veterans. A
introductory informational session is scheduled for both October 20 and 21 from 7-8 pm
at the Orange County Citizen’s Foundation in Sugarloaf, NY.
This specialized training program is made possible by an Orange County grant to Artists
in the Parks, a program of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission that positions artists
as essential partners in the conservation, education, and community initiatives of New
York State Parks. Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange will support Artists
in the Parks as they train Orange County artists to work in non-traditional teaching
situations, particularly with Orange County veterans and their families and in other arts
and healthcare programs in hospitals, clinics, hospice and community settings.
Artists trained in the program will be eligible to work in the Arts for Vets program and
other arts in service programs under development in by the Orange County Arts Council.
John Cimino, of Creative Leaps International is the primary trainer. Robin Glazer, of the
Creative Center in New York City, counselors at the Vet Center in Middletown, NY,
workshop leaders of the Orange County Arts Council’s Vets Write Program and other
regional experts in arts and healthcare are seminar presenters.
Orange County healthcare experts and administrators are especially encouraged to
participate and help shape this program.
Preference will be given to Orange County artists with a background in non-traditional,
experimental and service teaching. Less-experienced artist-teachers may be included if
there is room. There will be ten 3-hour seminars between October, 2009 and March
2010. As part of the training, each participating Orange County artist will initiate,
design and conduct a workshop for which s/he will be paid a stipend. Results of the
Seminar will be exhibited throughout the county and workshops will be presented at the
Orange County Veteran’s Picnic, in June, 2010.
The Artists in the Parks program plans to partner with the Purple Heart Hall of Honor,
Fort Montgomery, the Highlands Environmental Research Institute, and the Orange
County Arts Council on this program.
Artist Applications, due October 16, 2009, are available at two websites:
www.artistsintheparks.org and www.ocartscouncil.org.
Interested press, artists and healthcare experts should contact Orange County Arts
Council Board Member, Daniel Mack at 845-986-7293 for more information.
Artists in the Parks (AiP) is a program of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) that
positions artists as essential partners in the conservation, education, and community initiatives of parks.
This program creates opportunities for creative growth and public exposure for local artists, and
encourages artistic exploration of the Palisades region. In all that we do, we aim to nurture a love,
understanding, and respect for the natural world. www.artistsintheparks.org
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) administers 29 parks, parkways, and historic sites
for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York as well as the Palisades
Interstate Park and parkway in New Jersey. For more information about New York State parks and
historic sites, please visit www.nysparks.com and for more information about the Palisades Interstate
Park parks and historic sites, please visitwww.palisadesparksconservancy.org
The Orange County Arts Council's mission is to strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing
educational, promotional, and information services. They accomplish this by coordinating and facilitating
relationships among the arts, schools, businesses, government, and the public. www.ocartscouncil.org
Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and the Orange County Legislature continue their support
of the arts in Orange County by providing an annual county-funded arts grant program administered
through Orange County Tourism. www.orangetourism.org/orangearts
Creative Leaps International is a nonprofit company headquartered in the Hudson Valley whose
work with universities, NGOs, corporations and government agencies harnesses the power and vitality
of the arts to help organizations and their leaders access multiple creative connections, deeper personal
insights and rich new solutions to the challenges at hand. (John J. Cimino, Jr., president & CEO)