Healing Arts Program at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute

Through the Healing Arts program, we provide opportunities for cancer patients, caregivers and the broader community to engage with the arts.

Art and Music Therapy

The arts have powerful healing properties because art connects your mind and your body. Unlike exercise, which works your body, or meditation, which clears your mind, creating art uses both, which research suggests has major health benefits.

When a patient works with an art or music therapist, they can expect to receive the same benefits as traditional talk therapy. In cancer care, we focus on several goals to help relieve the emotional concerns of a cancer diagnosis, including:

  • Relaxation
  • New coping skills for diagnosis-related anxiety, depression, and suffering
  • Outlet for self-expression, creative thinking and problem solving
  • Greater sense of control
  • Positive distraction from treatment
  • Feeling more hopeful
Art Therapy

Learn more about the Art Therapy at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, including what programs are available.

Read about our Program

David DiChiera Music Therapy Program

Together with local musicians and community groups, the David DiChiera Music Therapy Program supports innovative music therapy initiatives for cancer patients, which have proven benefits for managing pain, reducing anxiety and depression and improving recovery.


Community Art Opportunities

Patient Art Show

Each fall, we showcase the artwork our patients and staff have created in the during the year. This traveling show spends a week in multiple locations across the system, so the artwork can be enjoyed by all. See some highlights from our Fall 2019 show below. Stay tuned for details about our 2020 Patient Art Show!

Volunteer in the Healing Arts

  • Become an Arts Engagement Volunteer
    • Provide patients and their loved ones with an enjoyable, engaging art experience that focuses on the process of making at, not the product, through listening, empathy and relationship building. Apply online.
  • Share your passion for music as a Visiting Musician
    • Provide music for our guests, staff and patients. Music should be upbeat and pleasant. Apply online.

Opportunities for Artists

If you are an artist interested in sharing your time and/or talents with Henry Ford Cancer Institute patients, families and staff, contact our healing arts curator.


Help a cancer patient heal through the arts. Donate today!

It is through the support and contributions of donors like you that we can provide art and music therapy programs and activities at no-cost to our cancer patients and their families. To sponsor a program or care it forward with a gift, please contact the development office at (313) 876-1031 or email developmenthf@hfhs.org. All contributions are tax-deductible.

About Lindsay Anderson

With a passion for the arts and a keen eye as an interior designer, Lindsay Anderson knows how important the right space can be. It was this passion that inspired her to establish the Lindsay Anderson Healing Arts Curator Fund at Henry Ford Health System. This generous gift supports a curator for the Healing Arts program at the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion. The Healing Arts Program creates a calming environment for patients, visitors and staff by integrating the creative arts and aesthetic experiences into the healing process.

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David DiChiera, left and Joanne Danto, right. Also featured in our 2018 annual report.

About David DiChiera

Music is more than just entertainment—it can promote healing, too. David DiChiera, founder and longtime director of the Michigan Opera Theatre knew this. In honor of David, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2018, Joanne Danto, along with her family through the Marvin & Betty Danto Foundation, established the David DiChiera Music Therapy Program at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Their goal is to ensure that cancer patients have access to healing therapies that better position them mentally and physically for their fight ahead.

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