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An initiative designed to help area residents suffering from mental and physical disabilities.


Since the inception of the Museum Healthcare Partnership (MHP) in 2003, SAMA’s trained artists and educators have been working with health care providers to develop residencies and workshops aimed at providing relief for patients dealing with physical pain and discomfort. 

During these residencies, patients have the opportunity to work with professional artists and learn various artistic disciplines including painting, sculpting, puppetry, dance, collage, and storytelling among others. The program has been expanded to include working with veterans and seniors, as well as place a greater emphasis on senior citizens and people with mental impairments. Nearly twenty years later, the Museum’s program has benefited more than 10,000 individuals throughout central and western Pennsylvania.


Healthcare packages include a minimum 10-day residency by a professional visual or performing artist, as well as the administration of scheduling, financial management, planning, and evaluation.


Participating facilities must provide the following:

  • single location for presentation

  • safe storage for art and equipment while on property

  • acknowledgment of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in all publicity

  • assessment of residency and presentations.

MHP standard fee is $200 a day, minimum of ten days. Grant funding may be available. There may be additional charges to cover materials and artist mileage.


MHP Residency
Request Form

MHP Planning Guide

MHP Budget Form

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Teaching Artist
Evaluation Survey

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Administrator Evaluation Survey

AIR Directory

AIE/AIR/MHP are projects made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts in Education Partner in this region is SAMA.

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