Penn State Intercom......March 21, 2002

Visit marks launch
of arts-in-medicine project

Naj Wikoff, president of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and director of the Healing and the Arts Program at the C. Everett Koop Institute and Dartmouth Medical School, will visit the College of Medicine on March 25-26.

Wikoff, a sculptor and director of the Adirondack Film Society, is visiting to help launch the "Hershey Arts-in-Medicine Project" developed by first-year medical students to explore and introduce the concept of arts and healing to medical center patients, staff and families. Anne Hunsaker Hawkins, professor in the Department of Humanities, is the faculty adviser.

The project will build upon the Department of Humanities' tradition of incorporating the arts into the health-care environment. For nearly 20 years, the department has been recognized for a variety of projects that incorporate the arts into healing.

Wikoff's visit also will involve consultation with Arts and Health Outreach Initiative partners. The initiative, a three-year pilot interdisciplinary collaboration, is partnering to help sponsor Wikoff's visit to Hershey.

For information, call Cheryl A. Dellasega at (717) 531-8680 or e-mail