The National Organization for Arts in Health is proud to announce

the 4th Annual Arts in Health Awards Program.

Deadline for receipt of submissions: September 2, 2022

Notification: Week of September 19, 2022

Awards Announcement: 2022 NOAHCON on November 2-3 and November 15, 2021

The awards are open to NOAH members: artists working in all media, or arts in health programs in community or clinical settings, who demonstrate an arts project or initiative in a health setting that has measurably improved the health or wellbeing of the intended population. Any individual or group may nominate themselves or another party. These awards are open to individuals and institutions in both the US and internationally.

Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of judges, representing the NOAH Board of Directors and their Ambassadors, among others. Awards will be announced and presented at the NOAH conference this November.

Entry fee is $75. Winners receive $500 and a free registration to NOAHCON ’22.


2022 Jury

Ophelia Chambliss

Ophelia M. Chambliss has been successfully working and exhibiting as a fine artist, and lecturer, for many years. Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo shows, group shows, and several distinguished juried shows. She calls her signature painting style realistic cubism, and paints a variety of subject matters, with variances in style to meet the needs of the piece. Ophelia holds a BA in Communication Arts and Sciences, and a MA in Communications from Penn State University. She combines her visual communication with verbal and written communication to tell the story behind her work, in lectures and presentations that build an appreciation for cultural understanding. She uses her work to support messages in public speaking engagements that advocate for equity, the arts, community activism, and professional development. Most of her recent work has been in the realm of public art and murals. She is particularly fond of this because of the community contribution, client collaboration, visual language messaging, and the challenge of scale. Ophelia loves working with youth, especially those in marginalized communities, and helping them to experience success, in things that they create with their own hands, and helping them find a creative means of expression. She also works within the realm of public spaces and big picture art, with an emphasis on public interaction. Ophelia is originally from Chicago, IL but currently resides in York, Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in Fine Art, she was a business professional in the area of Graphic Design in the Publishing Industry, specializing in educational publishing, and new Business Development. As a fine artist, she has shown in solo and group shows across the country. Most recently, she has work in a group show in Chicago, has an upcoming show at Cheney University, and has had solo shows in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. She has also displayed her work in distinguished shows in New York, Chicago, IL, Washington DC, Philadelphia, PA and more. She also has a substantial presence in public art installations in the form of wall murals and freestanding painted sculptural pieces.

Antonio Santiago

Antonio “Tony” Milland-Santiago is a native to the island of Puerto Rico. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance with a minor in Education from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and completed the music therapy equivalency program at the Florida State University, completing all his professional practicums at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. In 2010, Tony completed his professional internship at Florida Hospital Orlando (now AdventHealth) and was hired there upon completion to work with the adult populations such as inpatient rehab, medical psychiatry, oncology, bone marrow transplant, medical/surgical, and others. There, he was also a trainer on neonatal music therapy interventions through the Center for Infant & Child Medical Music Therapy. In 2016, Tony has also worked as a music therapist, bereavement counselor and internship supervisor for Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Broward county in Dania Beach, FL. Shortly after, Tony moved to Houston, Texas, to help re-launch the music therapy program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2017 Tony moved to work under the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital where he is helping build and develop the music therapy service line at the Center for Gene & Cell Therapy bone marrow transplant unit and infusion centers. His current research explores the effectiveness of a music therapy protocol on perceived pain and anxiety in patients with hematological malignancies undergoing bone marrow aspirations. Tony has been actively involved in the efforts for state recognition of music therapy in the states of Florida and Texas, and recently testified in front of the Texas House of Representatives Public Health committee supporting music therapy house bill 787. Currently, he serves as the Latin American representative to the Global Crisis Committee for the World Federation of Music Therapy.

Ping Ho

Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is Founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing, which transforms lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. She has a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford, master’s degrees in counseling psychology and public health from the University of California, Santa Barbara and UCLA, respectively, and lifelong experience in the performing arts. Ping co-developed and served as principal investigator for the evidence-based training program, Beat the Odds®: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming. In addition, she spearheaded the development of the Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) and SEA on a Shoestring: Supportive Art, Movement, Music, and Writing for Individuals and Groups in Any Setting. Ping is a steering committee member of the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative and is associate editor for the creative arts therapy section of the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. She has co-chaired the annual Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles, featuring 150+ hands-on workshops on creativity and the arts in healing. Ping is also co-author of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art, winner of a 2019 National Parenting Products Association Award.

Brandi Shah

Brandi Shah, MD, MPH, is a family medicine physician who specializes in adolescent, young adult, and sexual and reproductive health. The whole of her preclinical life and career have prioritized serving, centering, and responding to medically underserved communities across diverse settings and structural realities. She has been a lifelong creative writer/poet for her own personal growth and pleasure. Since 2020, she expanded boundaries in her creative practice to evolve into a digital artist-storyteller-educator. Combining her passions for storytelling and health justice, her ultimate vision is to create an adaptive community storytelling lab for health justice that can serve as a “third place” where all community members can be invited from the margins to congregate, affirm, collaborate, activate, and compassionately reclaim narratives about health and resilience for the uplift of all.

Annette Ridenour

Annette Ridenour has been a leader in health care design for 35+ years as president and founder of Aesthetics, Inc. She has been described as a practical visionary for her ability to combine explorative thought with strategic thinking focused upon implementation. Annette is also President emeritus of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, co-author of “Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts”. Numerous articles by and about her have appeared in such national art and healthcare publications. She has lectured on Arts in Healthcare in six countries. She won the 2012 award for Arts in the Patient Environment from the Academy for Health and Design.

Louise Shaw

Louise E. Shaw has served as the Curator of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum (formerly the Global Health Odyssey Museum) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2002.  She is responsible for curating The Story of CDC, permanent exhibits tracing the history of CDC from its roots in the Public Health Service to contemporary times, and has organized temporary exhibitions such as Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country; The World Unseen: Intersections of Art and Science; EBOLA: People + Public Health + Political Will; Health Is a Human Right: Race and Place in America, and Resettling in America: Georgia’s Refugee Communities. She is currently developing CDC at 75, an exhibition celebrating CDC’s 75th anniversary, and has been active in collecting physical and digital materials documenting the global COVID-19 pandemic. She also has worked with CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Task Force to develop guidance about how to use the arts to promote vaccine uptake.

From 1983 – 1998, she served as Executive Director of Nexus Contemporary Art Center (now Atlanta Contemporary Art Center).  She was Director of the Georgia State University Art Gallery from 1981-83, and served as Assistant Curator of the Atlanta Historical Society, (now Atlanta History Center) from 1977-1981.  She earned a B.A. in English and studio arts from Clark University in Worcester, MA, and a M.F.A. in museology from Syracuse University.