Healing Arts

About Us

Providing the very best patient care means treating more than just physical symptoms. The Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program addresses the emotional needs of patients and families by integrating literary, performing, and visual art experiences into the healing process. The result is a more inspirational, supportive, and restorative environment for patients, visitors, and caregivers of Carilion Clinic.

 

Contact Information

If you have questions or would like more information about the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, please call 540-224-4544 or email healingarts@carilionclinic.org.

Latest Posts

Meighan Sharp
Artist-in-Residence
January 23, 2017
 
I enter Ms. K’s room. It’s dim, the TV is on, and she is in bed, resting with her eyes closed. The nurses have told me that she is blind and, sure enough, several signs with this information are posted in the room. I wonder if I should wake her. Ms. K is my first patient with the Artist-in-Residence program, and I’m hesitant. She’s recovering from surgery. I don’t want to be a bother.
 
She opens her eyes, so I introduce myself. “Would you like to make something with me?”

Again I closed my eyes and just let my brain and my body soak in the words as she read. I cannot express how helpful those few minutes were, hearing these poems being read by complete strangers. What a Blessing to give!

Janet Wimmer
Artist-in-Residence
May 18, 2016
 
On Saturday April 30th, the NICU hosted a Mother's Day event for moms to enjoy a relaxing day to get a massage, to have nails painted and to create a painting for the new baby's room. I enjoyed working with moms and a few dads as they chose an idea and painted an 8 x 10 canvas in the colors of their nursery at home. What fun to have something special to take home and hang on the wall! We had everything from teddy bears sleeping in the moon to Hello Kitty paintings and baby elephants!