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Story Studio for Faculty & Staff


Gifts of Art has an audio story program, Story Studio, in which patients have the opportunity to record a story with a specific person or audience in mind. Having just passed the one-year mark of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gifts of Art would like to extend this free service to Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and learners.

Story Studio now open to Faculty & Staff

The goal of Story Studio: Reflections on Covid is to honor this challenging time by offering a space for reflection – where you can record a 2-5 minute story, and if you choose, make it available for listening by coworkers and colleagues. If you'd like, we have prompts to help you get started. It is our hope that the Michigan Medicine community may find comfort and healing in these stories.

Personal Recording Sessions & Complimentary Editing Services

One-on-one Story Studio recording sessions are now open to faculty, staff and learners, or you can send in your own self-guided recording. Participation is voluntary, and recording session requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Whether or not you choose to share your story publicly, you will receive it as a digital file. Gifts of Art provides complimentary audio editing services, including optional music, to ensure a finished result. Presented in partnership with the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience.
Listen to Missy Gabriel's story, GME Program Administrator, Gastroenterology & Hepatology

How to participate:

  • FACILITATED RECORDINGS: Schedule a socially distanced or Zoom recording session with trained facilitator and Gifts of Art writer-in-residence Sam Vandiver by email or calling 734-936-9431 ext. 1.

  • SELF-GUIDED RECORDINGS: Working with our suggested prompts, record a 2-5 minute story on your phone, tablet or other device. You can either email the file as an attachment to Sam Vandiver, or upload it to this form with your umich account and level 1 password. Sam will follow up with you for story editing.
Questions? Email Sam Vandiver.

Watch a presentation about Story Studio & Hamsa Hands.

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