Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the use of the arts to enhance health and well-being.

To that end we strive to:
Increase arts and health programming throughout Florida by advocating for professional development, program support, and research.
Become a collaborative resource for individuals and organizations interested in arts and health integration programs or learning about the field of arts and health.
Raise awareness of the benefits of the arts for health through relationship building, education & advocacy. 

Our History

Arts for Health Florida is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication. In 2012, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County began developing a program to support the growth of arts and health programming in Tampa Bay. One of its first steps was to hold a strategic planning meeting. The Arts Council invited representatives from several esteemed arts and health organizations including: The Coalition for Arts and Health Sarasota-Manatee, Creative Care, Moffitt Cancer Center, Shands Arts in Medicine, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and VSA Florida. What quickly became apparent was that there was a need for a statewide organization to harmonize and support the efforts of the state's many arts and health professionals and organizations. In October of 2014, with the help and support of an esteemed group of professionals from around the state who contribute as our organization's Board of Directors, Arts for Health Florida became an independent, non-profit, statewide organization that supports the growth of the arts and health field and the many individuals and organizations around the state that offer arts and health integration services.

Board of Directors

Heather Spooner

President

Heather is an artist, art therapist and arts in medicine advocate in the arts and health field. Heather has applied the arts to health in a variety of settings including medical art therapy, museum education, community outreach, and substance abuse. Prior to joining the Center for Arts in Medicine, Heather taught art therapy at the undergraduate level and spearheaded the formation of the Arts & Health Alliance' Florida network,  Arts for Health Florida. Heather currently works with the University of Florida as an Assistant Scholar and instructor in the Center’s graduate programs and with the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.

Caroll Vick

Secretary

Caroll joined the Arts Council of Hillsborough County as Director of Education in July of 2014. This signifies her return to the Council as she previously held the position of program coordinator for the Arts in Education collaborative between the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and Hillsborough County Public Schools.  Ms. Vick has 20 years
of experience in developing, implementing and continuously improving programs an d organizational performance in a variety of non- profit settings, including education, social services and cultural institutions. Prior to her appointment at the Arts Council, Ms. Vick was the Executive Direct or of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, a state- wide arts education advocacy and professional development organization.  Previous positions include program director for the Chair Scholars Foundation, a charitable organization that provided post- secondary scholarships to students with physical disabilities. Ms. Vick is committed to developing programs, resources, and initiatives that support arts education in the state of Florida.

Chrysanthe Yates

Vice-President

Chrys Yates joined Mayo Clinic in Florida in 2011 as Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Lyndra P. Daniel Center for Humanities in Medicine. Chrys has more than 15 years of experience in the field of museum education and arts in medicine, integrating the arts and humanities into the healing environment through programs that span patient care, education and research. Prior to joining Mayo, Chrys was Associate Director of Education and Director of Public Programs at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville. In 2001, Chrys co-founded Art Connections in Healthcare at The Cummer, a museum based program integrating the arts into healthcare facilities throughout North Florida, including Mayo Clinic. Chrys was a member of the first Community Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Humanities in Medicine from 2001-08.

Jack King

Jack is currently a professor of A rt at the University of Tampa and serves as Faculty Coordinator for the Pre-Professional Art Therapy program. Professor King came to the University of Tampa after teaching at Augusta State University, in Augusta, Georgia and Broward Community College, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. An accomplished artist, Professor King’s works may be found in numerous museums, as well as corporate collections across the United States.