Arts in Medicine

Arts in Medicine is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Emporia State University.

Through the Arts in Medicine partnership, associations, agencies and organizations that provide medical services to Kansans work with Emporia State University’s art therapy faculty and graduate students to build a program that meets the needs of specified populations.

Complete program description including application information.
For more information contact: Peter Jasso, (785) 296-2187 or email.

 Benefits of medical art therapy:
 Parents of children who receive art therapy are more relaxed and better able to cope with medical events
 Discovery of inner strengths which compensate for losses caused by illness
 Increased relaxation, communication, and expression
 Restoration of self-identity and personal worth
 Engagement in generative, empathetic and altruistic acts
 Opportunities to leave concrete “legacies”
 Increased positive communication
 Decreased negative symptoms, such as tiredness and anxiety
 Increased healthy coping skills
 Decreased distress symptoms
 Reduced anxiety and stress for family caregivers
 Increased positive emotions such as, joy, humor, spontaneity, and flow
 Increased mindfulness and awareness
 Reduced rates of depression in cancer patients on chemotherapy
 Reduced depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms
 Improved blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration
 Stress reduction
 Decreased anxiety
 Reduced resistance related to medical procedures
 Increased positive behavior with others, including medical staff, visitors, or family members
 Improved self-confidence and readjustment after cancer diagnosis and treatment
 Improved medical decision making processes