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CFAM first partnered with The Nocturnists podcast in 2023 to host REBIRTH: An Evening of Medical Storytelling, a live evening of community-building and storytelling by healthcare workers. Listen to stories from the evening here, featured in Season 6 of The Nocturnists podcast. 

In 2024, CFAM's hosted The Art of Medicine Intersections, the second community storytelling event in partnership with The Nocturnists Satellites.

How to Avoid Burnout in 73 Minutes show by Dr. Stuart Bloom

How to Avoid Burnout

Tickets available now! Catch the next performance of Dr. Bloom's How to Avoid Burnout in 73 Minutes at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis from May 16-19, 2024.

CFAM affiliate faculty, Dr. Stuart Bloom, created and performs in How to Avoid Burnout in 73 Minutes, a show tracing his progress from a young singing comedian in New York to a busy oncologist in Minnesota.

Along the way he grapples with ego, mortality and spirituality, in the face of pressure from health insurance companies and medical administrators who wish he’d stop swearing during dictations.

Community Arts @ Health Sciences Spring 2023 exhibition

Community Arts @ Health Sciences

The aim of Community Arts @ Health Sciences is to inspire and enable students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage with art and with each other, while highlighting the impactful ways that art and science inform one another. We've collaborated across the Health Sciences to create two community gallery spaces on the 3rd and 7th floors of the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC).

Image: Spring 2023 exhibition on HSEC's 3rd floor gallery

Interpretation of Bouquet by Anita White

Artistic Antidote

In 2020, “Artistic Antidote to a Pandemic” was CFAM'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 served as a reflection of the time and a warehouse of thoughts inspired by the pandemic. 

"Artistic Antidote" is now a weekly newsletter, sharing CFAM updates and events, arts activities around the Twin Cities, and other artistic and creative happenings across healthcare.

Subscribe to our weekly "Artistic Antidote" newsletter here!

On Lockdown Screenshot


Recognizing the elevated need to explore feelings through art, CFAM has partnered with the award-winning nonprofit 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


Performing Arts Consultation & Collaboration

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.