Dear Colleagues,

We take great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the upcoming international conference, entitled "The Arch of Arts in Health," that will take place in Haifa, Israel from March 17 - 19, 2013.

This conference, hosted by the medical school, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology and sponsored by Lesley University, based in Cambridge, MA and the Global Alliance for Arts & Health (formerly the Society for the Arts in Healthcare), based in Washington, DC, will bring together participants from Israel and abroad in the fields of medicine, allied health, the healing professions, expressive art therapists, artists and others to discuss recent professional developments that link the arts and health.

Lesley University, a pioneer in the field of expressive and creative arts therapies for over four decades, has been operating in Israel since 1979. All of its academic programs train students to use the arts to benefit society. The Global Alliance for Arts & Health is an international membership organization dedicated to advancing arts as integral to health, healing, and healthcare.

On March 17, a pre-conference will take place at the Dan Carmel Hotel in Haifa, featuring day long seminars by international scholars and pioneers such as Professor Shaun McNiff, one of the founders of the field of Expressive Arts Therapies and Dr. Joan Klagsbrun, a pioneer in the field of focusing for over three decades.

The conference, which will take place March 18-19, 2013 at the Technion, will include the following themes:

  1. Overview of the field of Arts and Health depicting five areas of focus patient care, caring for caregivers, healing environments, community well-being, and education
  2. Arts and wellness across the span of a lifetime: pediatrics to older adults
  3. Using the arts to address stress and trauma in the community
  4. Challenges and opportunities in practice, research, training, and job development in the arts and healthcare

In addition, the Israeli actor Haim Topol will be presented with the Arts and Health Service Award for his work in founding the Jordan River Village that uses the arts to assist children suffering from life-threatening diseases.

We hope you can join us. Please view the pages of this site to learn more and register.


Local Steering Committee

  • Khaled Karkabi, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • Vivien Marcow Speiser, The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Samuel Schwartz, Lesley University Extension, Netanya, Israel
  • Dalia Ben Shoshan, Lesley University Extension, Netanya, Israel