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2019 Hamilton Awards Winners

The National Organization for Arts in Health is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 inaugural International Arts in Health Awards Program “The Hamilton” so named after the sponsoring Hamilton Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation at Blue Grass Community Foundation. The HSG Foundation at Blue Grass Community Foundation supports charitable causes with an emphasis on performing and visual arts, including arts in healthcare as well as educational and community needs.


The Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards 2019 Recipients

The awards were open to 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.

The awards were presented during the 2019 Conference at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Arts Building Resilience 

Recognition in this awards category for demonstrating the efficacy of the arts in combating healthcare provider and family caregiver burnout and cultivating resiliency.


Arts Transforming Environments 

Recognition in this awards category for demonstrating the positive impact of an artwork or project in a healthcare environment.

  • 1st Place Winner: “Collaborative Arts and Healing Program for A New Urban Ambulatory Cancer Institute” – Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Inova Schar Cancer Institute

  • 1st Place Winner: “Packard 2.0 Art Program” – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital


Arts For Innovation

Recognition in this awards category for showcasing a project that has positively impacted target populations through use of media, technology, or creative programming.

  • 1st Place Winner: “Prescription for Pain: One Dose Storytelling” – Ballad Health

  • Exemplary Project: “Movement for Multiple Sclerosis” – Georgetown Arts and Humanities Program, MedStar Georgetown University Department of Neurology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

The 2019 Jury:

Cam Busch is Founder and President Emeritus, Tennessee Art Therapy Association; Licensed, registered, and Board Certified Art Therapist; Recently retired Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist; exhibiting artist and photographer of 40 years; Distinguished Fellow, Global Alliance for Arts and Health; National consultant with the SAHCS (Society for the Arts in Healthcare Consulting Services) and owner of Art Therapy Consults and Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Iva Fattorini is a Founder of Artocene and Artocene Digital, social impact and digital health companies whose mission is to integrate the arts with medicine on a global level. Previously she worked as a senior executive at the Cleveland Clinic, one of the leading hospitals in the USA, where she founded Arts and Medicine Institute. She started the program in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and is creating awareness as an international speaker. Iva is a trained dermatologist, who devoted her professional life to making the concept of arts and medicine a new paradigm.

Kristina Gray-Akpa is a Program Director at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), responsible for health equity programming on disparities and the social determinants of health. Prior to joining GIH, she was a program analyst with the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where she helped build a national network of public health officials taking collective action against health inequity. She also served as a consultant to the CDC Addressing Gender Inequities in Health and Safety project. Previously, she developed media advocacy strategies focused on health, financial security, and aging at AARP.

Jackie Hamilton directed the development and implementation of the UK Arts in HealthCare Program from its inception.  The program includes a $10 million permanent collection; 3 rotating galleries in the hospital that feature regional and national artists for six months; a weekly performing arts program; art therapy, music therapy; therapeutic workshops; annual concerts by internationally renowned performers; and integrative medicine modalities.  The visual art collection extends to all UK HealthCare locations and clinics and is dedicated to creating a healing environment and fostering patient satisfaction.

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.

Jennifer Wilcox is Principal and founder of Cotter/Wilcox, LLC, and has more than 20 years of experience in the association and non-profit communities. She has successfully led large-scale change management processes focused on technology implementation, new product development, leadership development, customer service and brand repositioning and management. She has taught membership development courses at the University of Maryland and facilitated retreats for associations and not-for-profit groups. Jennifer also serves as the Director of Education for The Center for Health Design.

NOAH Board Member, Awards Sponsor, and Arts in Health Champion Jackie Hamilton