Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

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Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2009

Contact: Jennifer Hoesing
Division of Cultural Affairs
(850) 245-6462

Secretary of State Announces Arts in Medicine Collaboration in Florida Panhandle

Tallahassee, FLORIDA –  

Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning is pleased to announce the Apalachicola Arts in Medicine Program (AIM), a collaborative effort between the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Shands AIM, and George E. Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola. A call to artists event will be held on February 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Boss Oyster, 125 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida.

“The collaboration with Shands and George E. Weems Hospital demonstrates the impact of the arts in health care. One of the most exciting aspects of ‘Arts in Medicine’ is the common link of creativity to science and the arts, and how these partner to improve the lives of people dealing with life-altering illness,” said Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning.

Shands AIM is an organization with programs in the visual, literary, musical, and performance arts. AIM has served inpatients and outpatients of all ages, their families, visitors and health care providers throughout Florida and internationally. The program was founded in 1990 with $5,000 seed funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and a grant from Children’s Miracle Network.

The Division of Cultural Affairs has identified the arts as a partner in addressing health care issues in its Culture Builds Florida’s Future Strategic Plan. The Division fosters the development of Florida's arts and cultural landscape through information services, grant programs, and other initiatives. 2009 marks the Division's 40th anniversary of supporting the arts and culture in Florida. For further information on the Division of Cultural Affairs, visit www.florida-arts.org