Michigan Medicine’s Gifts of Art wins international award

ANN ARBOR – The National Organization of Arts in Health announced their annual International Arts in Health Awards in late October, and Michigan Medicine’s Gifts of Art program took first place.

The awards, which honor organizations and individuals who use the visual or performing arts to support health care, community and education, were presented virtually during the annual NOAH national conference this year.

Michigan Medicine took first place in the Arts Building Resilience category for its art gifts: Hamsa Hands are Healing Hands for Michigan Medicine. The project, in which more than 1,000 free art sets were distributed, was aimed at relieving health care workers during the pandemic.

According to a Michigan Medicine press release, Hamsa Hands was “a diverse, collaborative project that provided a small but meaningful break for faculty, staff, learners, and the health system community at large to prevent burnout and promote resilience.”


The annual awards recognize artists and the arts in health programs across the country. To qualify, programs must “demonstrate measurable improvements in the health and wellbeing of the intended population”.

To learn more about Hamsa Hands are Healing Hands, click here.

View the full list of NOAH winners here.

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