Collaborative Projects


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This was our center’s first public-facing response to the uncertainty and stress surrounding COVID-19, felt especially by health professionals. With the hopes of having art serve as a compass in disorienting times, we began offering daily doses of poetry, prose, music and art as a “Artistic Antidote to a Pandemic”. This daily email and blog serves as a reflection of the time and a warehouse of thoughts inspired by the pandemic and unrest we’ve been experiencing.


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Recognizing the elevated need to explore feelings through art, CFAM has partnered with the award-winning non-profit MotionPoems where poetry is turned into short visual films for enhanced impact. CFAM, in partnership with MotionPoems, has produced two works during the pandemic designed for reflection and to encourage positive action: 

On Lockdown” Poem by Todd Boss, Film by Calum Macdiarmid

To be of Use” Poem by Marge Piercy, Film by Tamika Miller


student playing flute in clinic lobby while patients watch

The Center for the Art of Medicine will facilitate the ongoing partnership with the School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts to offer an opportunity for students to share their talents in healthcare settings, such as the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center,  benefiting patients, staff, students, and the greater community.



CFAM Director Jon Hallberg has expanded his work with performing arts organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to craft practices that balance performance and safety. To date he has worked closely with Black Label Movement, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS), the Minnesota Orchestra , and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO).

Learn more about how Jon Hallberg, MD and Carl Fink, Director, Black Label Movement implemented CDC protocols for safe contact  during this high impact dance performance for TEDxMinneapolis in fall, 2020.

Read about Dr. Hallberg’s work advising the Minnesota Orchestra on how to safely perform, through a partnership with the College of Science and Engineering’s Aerosol Lab. In addition, watch this piece (“Safety in the Spotlight”) recently aired on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT PBS) during intermission of a recently broadcast concert.