History of Arts-in-Medicine at UNM
The Arts-in-Medicine program had its origins in October 1999 with an exhibition featuring the art and poetry of twelve Albuquerque artists and a combined-media performance entitled Divining the Tapestry: Stories of Living and Dying Well.
Both the exhibition and the performance were created by faculty and students from UNM College of Fine Arts, as well as several interested members of the community (cast and production staff of approximately 75 people) and presented simultaneously at the South Broadway Cultural Center to an audience of approximately 800 people.
Divining the Tapestry was based on the recorded life-review interviews of Sandia Hospice patients over a period of two years. A conference version of Divining the Tapestry: Stories of Living and Dying Well was performed at seven international, national, and regional medical conferences between 1999 and 2002. In the spring of 2002 the Arts-in-Medicine program expanded to include patients, their families, and medical professionals at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center as well as at Sandia Hospice Pavilion.
Currently Arts-in-Medicine services are offered throughout UNM Health Sciences Center facilities: the Main Hospital, the Children's Hospital, the Psychiatric Center, and the Cancer Research and Treatment Center.
This program is funded by University of New Mexico Hospitals; the Cancer Research and Treatment Center; New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts; the McCune Charitable Foundation; Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Partnership to promote Arts in Healing; the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation; Edison International; the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts; and the Partnership for Arts in Medicine.