Collaborative Projects

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The Nocturnists Podcast

Live event: Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ The Parkway Theater!

CFAM partnered with The Nocturnists podcast to host REBIRTH: An Evening of Medical Storytelling a live evening of community-building and storytelling by healthcare workers and music by The Ari Nahum Trio.

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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.

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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



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.

Interpretation of Bouquet by Anita White


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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