Arts in Medicine

Arts in Medicine is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Emporia State University.

Through the Arts in Medicine partnership, associations, agencies and organizations that provide medical services to Kansans work with Emporia State University’s art therapy faculty and graduate students to build a program that meets the needs of specified populations.

Complete program description including application information.

Benefits of Medical Art Therapy:


  • Parents of children who receive art therapy are more relaxed and better able to cope with medical events
  •  Discovery of inner strengths which compensate for losses caused by illness
  •  Increased relaxation, communication, and expression
  •  Restoration of self-identity and personal worth
  •  Engagement in generative, empathetic and altruistic acts
  •  Opportunities to leave concrete “legacies”
  •  Increased positive communication
  •  Decreased negative symptoms, such as tiredness and anxiety
  •  Increased healthy coping skills
  •  Decreased distress symptoms
  •  Reduced anxiety and stress for family caregivers
  •  Increased positive emotions such as, joy, humor, spontaneity, and flow
  •  Increased mindfulness and awareness
  •  Reduced rates of depression in cancer patients on chemotherapy
  •  Reduced depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms
  •  Improved blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration
  •  Stress reduction
  •  Decreased anxiety
  •  Reduced resistance related to medical procedures
  •  Increased positive behavior with others, including medical staff, visitors, or family members
  •  Improved self-confidence and readjustment after cancer diagnosis and treatment
  •  Improved medical decision making processes