Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 7, 2012

Learn About Mar. 22 Univ. of Florida Ctr. for Arts in Medicine Speakers Here

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

DATE:  MARCH 6, 2012
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403     

WHO:  The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc, sponsor, in support of the Martin County Libraries

WHAT:            Chautauqua South:  Creating for the Health of It 
           Presented by Jill Sonke and Jenny Lee

Jill Sonke and Jenny Lee from the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine will present a lively and thought-provoking dialogue on the powerful force of Arts in healthcare March 22 at the Blake Library in Stuart. See how dance, poetry, painting and music are reducing the need for pain medication and shortening hospital stays in hospitals around the world. Local artist and author Janeen Mason will moderate the discussion. 

Jill Sonke is Assistant Director of Shands Arts in Medicine and has been an Artist-in-Residence with Shands AIM since 1994. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UF Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education, and is on the faculty of the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida. Within the AIM program, Jill works with patients at the bedside, coordinates performing arts programs including AIM Together, and runs the Traffic Art and Dance Exchange and movement classes for women with and recovering from cancer.

Jill is active in research, curriculum and program development at UF, serves as vice president on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and is a frequent presenter, consultant, and guest artist at universities, conferences, hospitals, and festivals throughout the United States and abroad.

She has been a principal dancer and soloist with Lori Belilove & Company and a guest performer and choreographer with Dance Alive! and Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre. She is a soloist and regisseur of the historic works of Isadora Duncan as well as a recognized teacher of the Duncan and Horton techniques.

Jill is the recipient of a New Forms Florida Fellowship Award, an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida, a 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a UF Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, and over forty five grant awards for her programs and research at the University of Florida and Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics.

Jenny Baxley Lee, MA, BC-DMT, CCLS, is a lecturer with University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine in the College of Fine Arts. She served the Center as Research Coordinator for Arts in Healthcare for Rural Communities in the fall of 2011. Ms. Lee’s expertise includes multidisciplinary practice, teaching, program implementation, and administration in the arts in healthcare in clinical and community settings. Her life work is dedicated to exploring the capacity of the arts, and more broadly the creative process, to impact the health of people of all ages and abilities. She is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Child Life Specialist with 12 years of professional experience. Ms. Lee is an active member and consultant with the International Society for the Arts in Healthcare and belongs to the American Dance Therapy Association and the Child Life Council.

WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart 34996

HOW:  Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South programs or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library or visit the library website,


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