Arts & Health Collective

A group of higher education, service providers, arts organizations, and health care professionals that together provide a continuum of services, arts education and experiences for a lifetime.

Mission: The CFCArts Arts & Health Collective believes the arts are essential life. The collective is a group of service providers, art organizations, healthcare and higher education institutions that convene to plan, implement, and evaluate multi-disciplinary arts programs designed to bring equity and arts accessibility to our regional communities. Additionally, the collective strives to design a national model of arts integration.

The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation is proud to support arts and wellness initiatives that impact and enhance the health and well being of our community.

Everyday there is more scientific evidence proving that the arts can enhance brain function and brain health and this supports the very core of our mission. Also, art has the potential to improve a person’s emotional well-being and their outlook on life.

Brain Fitness Academy is about maximizing the health and well-being of individuals living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and early dementia by providing a therapeutic environment for engaging in brain healthy activities and learning lifestyle adaptations.

At Chance 2 Dance, we believe dance is for everyBODY. Dance is a whole-person arts experience that contributes to full body proprioceptive input. Participating in dance positively benefits an individual’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Health and Wellness is at the forefront of our dance efforts as we use movement to help improve balance, focus, confidence, flexibility, stamina, endurance, coordination, agility and so much more!

Chance 2 Dance is Central Florida’s only fully inclusive and accommodating dance organization, home of Florida’s First sensory-friendly dance studio. Our mission is to provide everyBODY, not matter their ability the opportunity and Chance 2 Dance. We provide quality dance classes to children, youth, and adults of all varying needs, disabilities, and exceptionalities as well as focus groups and underserved populations.

Studio Group Classes | Performance Team | Community Partnerships | Community Workshop Engagements | Performance Opportunities

Children with unique abilities greatly benefit from the positive impact of any form of art. The music and performing art session provided by CFCArts, our community partner, facilitates students’ social-emotional development, promotes their well-being, and enhances their learning experiences. CFCArts instructors always find creative ways to engage students in art activities and bring art and wellness to the classroom environment.

The Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) is the only center of its kind in Florida, transforming the lives of children and adults with motor disabilities. Our mission is for the individuals we serve to achieve their greatest level of independence through conductive education; integrating physical, cognitive, and social skills. CECO serves individuals with neurological motor disabilities including Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida.

At Orlando Fringe, we believe having affordable and accessible opportunities to create and consume art is vital to the health of a community and its inhabitants. When as many people as possible are given a platform to tell their stories, the result is a vibrant, healthy, and empathetic community. All ticket sales during the Festival (over $446K in 2019) go directly to the producers, and Fringe keeps costs as low as possible to maximize their profits. The result of this process is that people who may not normally have an opportunity to produce due to financial concerns or limited experience are able to bring their art to over 75,000 Festival attendees. This creates a springboard for these producers to continue to create and grow, while simultaneously enriching and enhancing the culture of Central Florida and strengthening the overall health of the community.

Orlando Fringe is a 14-day international theatre festival that brings over 2,000 artists together to share their art with over 75,000 attendees. The “Fringe Experience,” however, is so much more than sitting in a dim theatre watching plays. Over the past 30 years, Orlando Fringe has become a community of artists and art lovers from all over the world and from every walk of life. Unlike other arts events, at Orlando Fringe, the line between artist and audience member is blurred. Everyone gathers on the lawn of Loch Haven Park between shows to discuss what they’ve seen, what to see, and what not to see. A seasoned artist from Melbourne, Australia shares a plate of cheese curds (the Fringe favorite snack) with a high school drama kid from Melbourne, Florida, while discussing the process of creating a successful one-man-show. Live music emanates from the Outdoor Stage, where local musicians perform nightly free concerts. Friends from across the world are reunited and pick up right where they were last May. Producers get inspiration for their next show. The volunteer scanning tickets dreams of a show that they’d like to write for next year’s Festival. Orlando Fringe is more than a Festival. It is a safe haven and creative springboard for artists and art lovers. 

Photo Credit: For the Stage Photography

With 15 years of experience, Joyful Music Therapy lives at the intersection of Art and Health. We promote wellness for all ages and stages of life by sharing meaningful musical experiences. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address individuals’ physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

Almost two million people in the United States have aphasia and nearly 180,000 acquire it each year, usually through stroke, head injury, or progressive disease. Aphasia hinders the ability to speak, understand, read, and write. People with Aphasia (PWA) and their caregivers consistently report that they confront not only a lack of awareness of aphasia, but also a lack of understanding of the condition. UCF’s School of Performing Arts is partnering with the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Psychology to empower People with Aphasia (PWA) to develop self-advocacy through story sharing and to create an educational video (culled from those stories) designed to improve interactions with First Responders.

Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational storytelling in which audience members share their stories and then experience them “played back” through theatre, music, and metaphor in ways designed to honor both the teller and story. Playback UCF will utilize synchronous remote delivery (in order to operate safely during a pandemic) to co-create performances, workshops and an educational video with people with aphasia. Playback is uniquely suited for audiences with aphasia because it lives in emotions, images, and metaphors, rather than verbal language. During the pandemic, we’ve transitioned to virtual playback performances, using the materials in our home spaces and connecting with audiences around the world. We have performed for The Edgewood Children’s Ranch, Legacy Pointe Retirement Community, The National Playback Theatre Festival, The State Attorney’s Office, Orlando Fringe, UCF’s Knight of Storytelling, and more. Playback UCF is one of the only three troupes living in a university setting in the nation.

“Through the arts, our clients are able to have meaningful experiences every time they come to one of our Adult Day Centers. Our clients love to dance and sing, create works of art, or even have been known to write a poem. The arts are something present throughout our lives, so it shouldn’t stop when we get older or experience an illness associated with aging like dementia.”

– Richard Connor III; MT-BC, Director of Arts and Music Therapy

Share the Care is a not-for-profit organization providing services, education, training, and support to family caregivers, enabling them to maintain their family members at home, delaying or eliminating the need for institutional care.

At Studio K, we focus each day on bringing the arts, as well as health and wellness to the members we serve! Whether a guest is trying to reconnect to a former passion for the arts, is a professional dancer, or is just looking for a positive and supportive environment to work on their health and fitness goals, Studio K helps to bring it all to life!

Studio K features the largest offering of dance and fitness classes in the nation for adults of all levels of ability, ages 14 and up. With 35 styles of classes, there is truly something for everyone! Our tag line at Studio K is “The Floor is Yours,” meaning no matter your age, size, or level of ability, The Floor is Yours to achieve any goal in a positive, supportive, fun environment! Studio K has been named the #1 Best Studio Body and Soul and the #1 Best Workout Facility/Gym by Orlando Magazine, as well as the “Best Workout Classes” by Orlando Family Magazine.