Moffitt’s Arts In Medicine Program Celebrates 10 Years

January 11, 2008

Creative arts offer soothing outlet for cancer patients

Tampa, FL–At Moffitt Cancer Center, everything from music, painting and fabric art to dance, journaling and poetry reading is offered to comfort and promote well-being for patients, families and caregivers. It’s part of Moffitt’s Arts In Medicine program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Six visual and musician artists-in-residence and one expressive artist offer their talents at patients’ bedsides and in clinic waiting areas to foster the healing process. All are trained in using the expressive arts in health care with the ailing.

They draw from rich experiences of their own. After performing for 21 years with The Florida Orchestra, Lloyd Goldstein now plays his double bass for many in need throughout Moffitt. Judy Ranney was a critical care nurse before she picked up the harp 16 years ago. She has spent six years playing for patients.

They will be among the talented artists participating in “A Legacy of Creative Healing,” to celebrate AIM’s 10th anniversary. Activities that will run from Jan. 22 through 30 include:

  • A Healing Arts Extravaganza will feature live music, visual arts and door prizes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Moffitt Clinic Building lobby.
  • Arts In Medicine on the Road will take artists to various Moffitt departments for a special AIM experience on Jan. 23 and 30.
  • A reception and ceremony with food, music and honored guests will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at the AIM studio, third floor of the Moffitt Clinic Building.
  • The Healing Arts Gallery will feature a 10th anniversary exhibit, “A Legacy of Healing in Paint and Poetry,” on the fourth floor of the Moffitt Clinic Building.

“When Moffitt Cancer Center introduced its Arts In Medicine program 10 years ago, it joined other pioneers in the developing field of arts in health care. Since then, a growing number of specially trained AIMartists and volunteers have created safe and comfortable environments where patients and family members experience live music, visual arts, poetry, movement and theater,” said Cheryl Belanger, coordinator of the Arts In Medicine program.

For information, call (813) 745-8407.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center ( is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer and ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.