U-M Health System Gifts of Art

  • University of Michigan Health System
  • 1500 E. Medical Center Drive
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

One of the first and most comprehensive healthcare arts programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). During times of stress and illness, the arts have the power to nurture and engage. Gifts of Art programs utilize the arts to assist and enhance the healing process, reduce stress, support human dignity and renew the spirit.

Gifts of Art has nine galleries of changing art exhibitions throughout the hospitals, and organizes a weekly, public concert series in music, theatre and dance. The U-M Life Sciences Orchestra is also part of Gifts of Art.

Gifts of Art has created two fine art coloring books featuring designs by former exhibiting artists, local and national artists and designers, and U-M Penny W. Stamps Art and Design students. It shares about 25,000 fine art coloring books a year with UMHS patients, families and visitors.

The Programs page has information on: Beside Art with 4,500 patient visits a year; Bedside Music with over 8,000 people reached a year; Art Cart, an art lending library for inpatients with over 6,000 patient visits a year; the FRIENDS Meditation Garden; hospital-wide art making projects; and more.

Gifts of Art also has a permanent art collection and is sponsored, in part, by the FRIENDS of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, grants, donations and art sales. Learn how you can make a gift today.

Photo caption: Na Sun of the New York Philharmonic performed at the U-M Health System during a visit cosponsored by the University Musical Society; photograph by Greg Maxwell.