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Elaine Sims
from PBS Detroit Public Television's Detroit Performs.

Reconnecting Arts & Health – articles about Gifts of Art programs
Jon Lockard
Michigan Daily

Watch a video or print instructions on how to make a fir tree paper snowflake.

Dr. Thomas L. Clark
Read more about it in U-M Health System blog.

Re-Purposed Treasures, community art piece celebrates environmental stewardship. More
Re-Purposed Treasures
Re-Purposed Treasures (detail)
by Anne Mondro & students, Douglas Madaras & Gifts of Art
University Hospital, Main Corridor, Floor 1


The William K. and Delores S. Brehm Gifts of Art Therapeutic Bedside Music Program Fund

The Vaughan TrioAs a U-M undergraduate in the late 1940s, Bill performed in a vocal group, the Vaughan House Trio, with a couple of his classmates. "We sang all over campus, often serenading the women in their dormitories and sorority houses, and even performing in variety show concerts at Hill Auditorium,” says Bill, who also led his own big band throughout his high school and college days. Dedicated philanthropists, Bill and Dee Brehm believe in investing in programs where there is both tremendous potential and tremendous need.

Dee & Bill BrehmThey found a wonderful fit with Gifts of Art’s Bedside Music program.  Specially trained musicians play at patients’ bedsides to encourage relaxation, elevate mood and relieve anxiety for over 6,000 patients and families a year. "Music is a wonderful tool for expressing your emotions and letting your worries go, and we are pleased to endow this program," says Bill. Dee adds, “…It fits perfectly with our interests in advancing medicine and promoting music."

Please join the Brehms in supporting art & music at the University of Michigan Health System. Now you may contribute online. For more information, please visit our Donations page.

    Gifts of Art    
One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. 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.

For information about our exhibits, please visit Exhibits. For information about our concerts, visit Performances. Information on all of our other programs, including Bedside Music & Art, the FRIENDS Meditation Garden and the Life Sciences Orchestra, visit Programs.

Gifts of Art is sponsored, in part, by the FRIENDS of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, grants, donations and art sales. To learn how you can make a gift, please visit Donations.

Print out pages from the
Kaleidoscope Coloring Book!

Listen to Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
Lullabies by Bedside Musicians
and friends for UMHS patients
and families. Songs and lyrics
available here.

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Gifts of Art's
2015-16 Call for Entries
is now open!

Call for Entries
Submissions may be made online or by mail.

Parkinson's Movement & Dance Class
Saturdays, May 2-June 13
Parkinson's Movement & Dance Class

Violins in the O.R? French Horns in the Lab? U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Blends Music & Medicine
Erica Scheller, DDS, Ph.D.
Article & photos
LSO video

Gifts of Art helping to create the ideal patient care experience.

Greg Maxwell
Greg Maxwell discusses on video his experience with a special patient. video
Or read about it here.

Permanent Art
on Exhibit Schedule card
Ramón y Cajal
Leeuwenhoek and the "Little Animals"
by Robert A. Thom
Taubman Health Center corridor to Triangle Link, Floor 2

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