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Vail Valley: The healing power of the arts

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado – The Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Vail Valley Medical Center have joined forces to launch Arts In Healing, a program that will bring world-class performing artists from the Beaver Creek theater’s lineup into the hospital throughout the coming winter months. The program will provide performances and interactive arts events to individuals who, due to illness, age, disability and challenging socio-economic and geographic circumstances have little or no access to the arts. The program will be officially launched Thursday at 1 p.m. when singer/songwriter Ellis Paul performs the inaugural show at the hospital in Vail.

The Arts In Healing residencies will bring inspiring artists and cultural experiences to hospitalized patients in a variety of non-traditional settings. Performances are held in public spaces in hospitals, patient care areas including waiting rooms, family rooms, hallways and the patient bedside.

Patients of all ages have opportunities to enjoy performances and experience personal and meaningful interactions with world-class musicians, dancers and actors. The artists work to stimulate and engage the minds of patients, their families and medical caregivers in order to better heal the body.

“We believe deeply in the healing properties of the arts, and this is a wonderful opportunity for the artists on the Vilar Center’s lineup to further share their craft in this meaningful way,” said Vilar Center Theater Manager Gena Buhler.

The program is also recognized for enriching the lives of the artists that participate. Breaking the standard “fourth wall” in performance, Arts In Healing programs around the country has provided artists with opportunities to bring deeper meaning to their work.

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“We feel so honored to have these wonderful artists performing in our facilities,” said Amanda L. Visosky, manager of volunteer and complementary services for the Vail Valley Medical Center. “The correlation between arts and healing is indisputable, and we’re thrilled to see the effects of this program manifest for our patients, their families and our staff over the next few months.”

The program officially launches on Thursday with Ellis Paul, with additional early winter shows including The Ten Tenors (Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m.) and The von Trapp Children (Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.). More Arts In Healing performances will be announced shortly.

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