Arts + Design + Health

Eligibility: All faculty, staff, and graduate students

Amount: Each participant will receive $500 in professional development funds

Submission: Online Application

Due Date: October 9, 2020

Purpose and Description

The purpose of this community is to explore the multitude of ways Arts and Design are integral to Health and wellbeing. Miami University has embarked on a major expansion of its health-related curriculum and this community will provide the opportunity to discuss and think about these expansions. 


  • Members will meet at least monthly to explore, discuss and reflect on the intersections of Arts + Design + Health at Miami, in our communities, higher education, and in society at large. 
  • Members will research innovative curriculum and benchmark work being done at peer institutions. 
  • Members will develop and discuss curriculum modules or courses that connect Arts, Design, and Health. 
  • Members will foster connections that could result in interdisciplinary research and publications. Maintain time within designated meetings for peer feedback. 
  • Members will host some virtual "brown bag lunch" listening sessions/conversations for faculty and students interested in the intersection of arts and health. 
  • Members will develop a bibliography of resource information. 
  • Members will be involved as collaborative and interdisciplinary co-leaders of sessions.
  • Members will engage with experts by inviting guest speakers or attending relevant conferences.  

*Please note: The first FLC meeting discussion (Date and Time TBD) will be centered around the AERI virtual symposium panel discussion, "The Arts in Healthcare" (October 23, 2020 - from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST via Zoom). You must register in advance to attend live or receive the recording following the event. 



  • Katy Abbott, Sociology & Gerontology
  • Stephanie Danker, Art; Facilitator
  • Diane Fellows, Architecture & Interior Design
  • Renee Gottliebson, Speech Pathology & Audiology
  • Elizabeth Hoover, Music
  • Jeff Kruth, Architecture & Interior Design
  • Adam Strantz, English and interactive Media Studies
  • Todd Stuart, College of Creative Arts
  • Beverly Thomas, College of Creative Arts; Facilitator
  • Harvey Thurmer, Music
  • Valerie Ubbes, Kinesiology & Health
  • Meghan Young, Scripps Foundation