Healing through the arts

UMass Memorial Medical Center launches Caring Talents

By Ellie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

June 29, 2011
North High Chorus

Worcester’s North High School Chorus performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center as part of the Caring Talents: Healing through Arts program.

Although there are no lights, cameras or judges, some local musicians and artists are getting a chance to showcase their talents before a live audience, while at the same time enhancing the hospital environment for all visitors. UMass Medical School’s clinical partner UMass Memorial Medical Center has launched Caring Talents: Healing through Arts, a program that brings musicians and artists from the local community into the hospital as a way of creating a healing, warm environment for patients, families and staff through the arts. 

So far, four performances have taken place on the University and Memorial campuses, including a string quartet, a classical guitarist, a vocal soloist and a performance by the Worcester’s North High School Chorus. Additional performances are scheduled for July: Pamela Sutton of the Department of Psychiatry will be singing with piano accompaniment on Wednesday, July 6, at 11 a.m. in the Ambulatory Care Center lobby and again on Thursday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in the Remillard Family Pavilion; a grateful UMass Memorial patient will play classical guitar as a show of his appreciation on Tuesday, July 19, at 11:45 a.m. in the Memorial campus lobby.

If you have a musical or artistic talent that you’d like to share with the UMMS/UMass Memorial community, send an email to talentsearch@umassmemorial.org. If you’re a music lover, be sure to stop by one of the upcoming performances.