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Profiling Opera in Healthcare: Partnerships and Programs

  • Author(s): Fuentes, Andrea Renee
  • Advisor(s): Christie, Christina
  • Rohanna, Kristen
  • et al.

This study investigated the implementation of arts-in-healthcare programming in the 2019-2020 season by opera companies in North America to generate data on the current state of the field. An online survey collected data regarding this programming and the resulting partnerships for a sample population of 67 opera companies, of which 28 provided music programming for healthcare constituents during the 2019-2020 season. Nine follow-up interviews with opera administrators provided further insight into survey responses. Analysis of the data created a profile of the motivations and procedures that were common amongst opera companies offering healthcare programming. These data help to fill the gap in the literature surrounding arts-in-healthcare programming by studying opera companies as a subpopulation of the broader arts field.

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