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In 2003, SAMA introduced its Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program, an initiative designed to help area residents suffering from mental and physical disabilities. Through the program, SAMA’s trained artists and educators work with health care providers to develop residencies and workshops aimed at providing relief for patients dealing with physical pain and discomfort.

During these residencies, patients have the opportunity to work with professional artists and learn various artistic disciplines including painting, sculpting, puppetry, dance, collage, storytelling, and Native American music and crafts, among others. In recent years, the program has been expanded to include working with disabled veterans, as well as place a greater emphasis on citizens with mental handicaps. Nearly ten years later, the Museum’s program has benefited more than 500 individuals throughout central and western Pennsylvania.

Healthcare packages include a minimum 10-day residency by a professional visual or performing artist, as well as the administration of scheduling, financial management, planning, and evaluation. Participating facilities must provide the following: single location for presentation, safe storage for art and equipment while on property, acknowledgment of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in all publicity, and assessment of residency and presentations.

To view the Museum’s roster of artists-in-residence, please click here.

All SAMA education packages include an exhibition tour at the Museum of your choosing at no additional charge. For pricing information on the Arts-in-Education program, please visit the Museum Fees page.