Art with a Heart in Healthcare (AWAHIH) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to arts and healing. Since our founding in 2001, by cousins Lori Guadagno and Lisa Landwirth Ullmann, we have served thousands of patients and their families in Jacksonville, Florida at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Clinic, The Mayo Clinic and St Vincent's Healthcare, Riverside.
We also provide workshops to many local organizations including Kids Together Against KTAC, and The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund with our heart-centered mission.
Our emphasis on patient-centered creative expression helps humanize the high-tech atmosphere of clinical settings. The physicians, patients, and families we work with report that our services [help diminish fear and relieve pain while empowering patients who find themselves in a powerless situation
We focus on the participants experience with the media —not the end result. We inspire to empower patients by giving them choices in their creative process even whether or not they wish to participate.
Seven days a week our talented team of artists in residence, community volunteers, and interns from the University of North Florida and the University of Florida develop individualized art sessions in order to meet the unique needs of each patient. Together, artists and patients create art that reclaims the persons sense of self from illness.
Meet our Team
Executive Director and Artist in Residence
Lori Presto, MSW
Program Director and Artist in Residence
Program Manager and Artist in Residence
Artists in Residence
Board of Directors
Brooks Cannon - Board Chair
Kacey Roache- Secretary
Judy Powell- Treasure
Board of Advisors
Lori Guadagno - Co-founder
Lisa Ullmann - Co-founder
Cynthia Jacoby Greene
Louise Freshman Brown
Professor University of North Florida
Wolfson Children's Hospital