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Center for Arts in Medicine

Professional Development: Intensives, Training, Internships

Arts In Medicine Summer Intensive

Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive

at the University of Florida, Hotel ELEOJune 14 - 25, 2021

Program Overview

For over 20 years, this world-renowned professional development program has supported creatives, from all walks of life, in exploring the roles of the arts in both healthcare and public health contexts. Our multi-modal, interdisciplinary program welcomes anyone, at all levels of experience, to learn how the arts can enhance health.

Let's use the arts to transform health. Let's create a healthier world.

Who Attends?

Anyone interested in using the arts to make a difference; both in the lives, and health, of others. Over the years, the Summer Intensive has served the following groups from around the world:

  • Artists
  • Makers
  • Health professionals
  • Administrators
  • Students
  • Educators
  • Policy-makers
  • Advocates
  • Activists
  • Researchers
  • Community leaders
  • Entrepreneurs

2021 Program Description

This program is organized across two different arts in health topic-specific weeks. You may choose to attend just one, or both weeks of the intensive

Week 1: Arts in Health Practice | June 14 - 18
  • Workshops on theoretical foundations, scope of practice, compassion fatigue and self-care, professionalism and professional pathways
  • Training in facilitating the arts in healthcare and community settings
  • Experiential workshops in the visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and narrative/storytelling
  • Opportunity to shadow artists in residence with the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program (pending COVID-19 health and safety precautions)
  • Participation in the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program's Clinical Artist Rounds
  • Film Festival
Week 2: Program Planning & Administration | June 21 - 25
  • Workshops in various aspects of program administration, management and funding
  • Workshops in grant writing, research and evaluation methods
  • Workshops in healthcare design, installations and gardens
  • Program development workshops culminating in a pitch session; participants will create program or project plans using a logic model with the support of Center faculty
  • Tour of UF Health Shands Hospital and Arts in Medicine programs
  • Participation in the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program's Clinical Artist Rounds
  • Arts in Health Panels, with clinicians and administrators from UF Health
Attend One or Both Weeks!

Participants may attend both weeks or a single week of their choice. While the intensive is best experienced as a comprehensive two-week program, each individual week provides substantial education and training. The intensive also includes online modules with additional training topics and resources.

2021 Program Details

Please review the following details before registering. For more information, contact the Center for Arts in Medicine at or sign up for our newsletter.

COVID-19 Safety Information

COVID-19 Cancellation Clause

Your health and safety are our top priority. In the event that we choose to cancel this intensive to protect your safety and the safety of our personnel, a full refund of your registration fees will be issued to you.

COVID-19 Safety

For 2021 we have chosen Hotel ELEO, located on the UF Health campus, as our new venue and exclusive accommodation partner. This new partnership helps protect the health and safety of our attendees and personnel. Even before the pandemic, Hotel ELEO had cleanliness and safety guidelines that mirrored many of the same cleanliness requirements inside of the UF Health hospital system. The pandemic ushered in even tighter guidelines leading Hotel ELEO to be lauded as "...the safest place to stay in Florida during the pandemic" by Forbes magazine. You can read more about their precautions by visiting their website or reading the Forbes article.

Safety Requirements
As new details emerge regarding the development of various COVID-19 vaccines, the Center will make final determinations about various COVID-19 precautions and safety protocols. The following list of requirements are tentative and subject to change. Final guidelines will be available by May 1, 2021.

  • We reserve the right to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for attendance.
  • We reserve the right to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test, completed directly prior to or upon arrival in Gainesville, FL.
  • We reserve the right to require face-coverings be worn at all times in our conference space.
  • We reserve the right to assign seating or create alternative scheduling to ensure adequate social-distancing.
  • We reserve the right to eject from the conference space, without exception or refund, any attendee who fails to comply with our final COVID-19 precautions.

Capacity & Social Distancing
Florida positivity rates in Spring 2021 will guide the number of participants we will accept to allow for the appropriate amount of social-distancing in our conference space. Registration will close once our limit is met as to not exceed a safe social-distancing capacity. Therefore, registration is first-come, first-serve.

What to Expect

You will embark on an engaging and highly experiential dive into the field of arts in health. Expect days filled with creative engagement, embodied learning, hands-on skill-building, and meaningful dialogue. Our faculty and presenters represent decades of collective experience, providing first-hand knowledge and insights into the world of arts in health. You will leave with a deeper knowledge of the field and an array of resources for developing or advancing careers that engage the arts in healthcare and public health settings. This co-creative experience builds a lasting network of peers who share your passion for using the arts to enhance health and wellbeing.

Registration & Costs


General public registration opens on December 1, 2020. Once open, registration will be first-come, first-serve. Scholarship applicants should not register in advance, but should instead submit their application early to save their seat. UF students seeking graduate credit should not register using general public registration.


General Public Registration
For anyone interested in attending the Intensive for training, networking, and professional development in the field of arts in health.

  • Single Week - Partial Program
    • $1,325 for professionals / general public
    • $875 for college students
    • Choose Week 1 OR Week 2.
  • Two Weeks - Full Program
    • $1,625 for professionals / general public
    • $1,175 for college students
    • Attend both Week 1 AND Week 2.

Fees cover access to one or two weeks of intensive participation, a preparatory online module, and online access to intensive specific resources for one-year. An early registration discount of 10% is available for those who register before April 1. This program does not offer CEUs.

Graduate Credit Registration
For UF students interested in attending the Intensive for graduate academic credit.

  • Three (3) Credit Hours
    • $1,980 + UF Distance Learning Fees
    • Attend both Week 1 AND Week 2
    • Attend asynchronous online course April 26 - August 6
  • Email by March 1, 2021 to reserve your graduate seat.
    • Graduate seats reserved first-come, first-serve. 
    • Elective counts toward the online MA in Arts in Medicine. 
    • MA summer admits may take this elective as their 1st class to satisfy their arts in medicine prerequisite.

Tuition covers the Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive online graduate course, two weeks of intensive participation, and online module & resource access for one-year.

Scholarship Information


Scholarship applications are now open. Please find the application in the Quick Links area above and to the right; just below the image gallery.

Summer Intensive Scholarship applications must be submitted before 5 pm Eastern on March 1st each year. Partial scholarships for participants, based on merit and financial need, are available. Scholarship awards typically range between 20% - 50% of the program fee.


Scholarships only cover general public registration fees and cannot be used to cover the cost of travel, accommodations, or graduate tuition. Scholarship applicants should not register for the Intensive in advance, and should instead submit their applications as early as possible. Scholarship applicants will have a seat reserved for them until the release of scholarship decisions, after which they will have 14 days to accept or reject their award and register for their seat.

*UF Master of Arts in Arts in Medicine students should not apply to this scholarship if seeking elective credits. UF Arts in Medicine grad students should email their advisor or to register for the intensive elective.

Location & Accommodations

The intensive will take place primarily at Hotel ELEO at 1514 SW 14th Street Gainesville, Florida 32608.

Special-rate accommodations provided by our on-site conference partner, Hotel ELEO, starting at $129 per night. Visit the quick-links on the right-hand menu to book your room soon!

Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida, a 173-room boutique hotel, opened July 1, 2020 in Gainesville, Florida. The hotel is situated on Rush Lake and features beautiful lake views from the Lakeview rooms, restaurant, and meeting space. The hotel has a fitness studio outfitted with high-end cardio and resistance equipment, and an unparalleled level of service. The hotel's restaurant, Covey Kitchen + Cocktails has quickly become a local favorite with tasty menu options for every palette. Located on campus, the hotel offers easy access to the University of Florida’s facilities and services.

This rate is subject to change for 2022.

Program Faculty & Presenters

Biographies of 2019 faculty and presenters

International Visitors & B-1 Visas

Visa Information for Travelers to the United States of America

This section is intended to provide general information to individuals planning to visit the United States temporarily. The purpose of the visit determines what type of visa will be needed. If you require a visa, please recognize that the visa application process may take many months. An interview appointment is required for a visa application at all embassies and consulates. The wait time for this appointment varies, but may be as long as four months, with processing taking an additional month or more.

As soon as you have decided to attend the intensive, you should begin the process of applying for a visa. Visitors planning to visit or attend a meeting most likely will apply for a B-1 visa. For comprehensive B-1 Visa information please visit the US State Department’s Visitor Visa Website.

The University of Florida is not able to assist you in this process, nor is the Center able to provide any legal guidance on this matter. When attending this intensive, you are not considered an on-campus student of the University of Florida; you are considered a temporary visitor.

Visa Waiver Program (VWP)/Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa, when they meet all requirements. An approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) allows a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program participating country to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. An approved ESTA does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.

Citizens of Mexico traveling to the US have the option to secure a Border Crossing Card rather than a B-1 visa. Additionally, citizens of Canada and Bermuda traveling for visitor visa purposes may not need a visa, with some exceptions.

Port of Entry

A visa allows travel to the United States Port of Entry and request permission to enter the U.S. Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the U.S., the CBP official will determine the length of your visit on the Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94). I-94 records are now electronic.

In advance of travel, prospective travelers should review important information about international travel tips, as well as information related to restrictions about bringing food or agricultural products or other restrictions as explained on the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection website.

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Prospective Graduate Students & Applicants: You may register for either one or two weeks of the Arts in Medicine Intensive program at the general public rate to fulfill your pre-requisite requirements; you must contact before registering.

Current Graduate Students: Do not register for the intensive on this page if you're seeking academic elective credit. Email your advisor or to register for the intensive elective.

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