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Health in the Arts Program


Health in the Arts Program

Health in the Arts Program image There is increasing recognition that work in the arts can involve health risks such as exposures to toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions. Injuries and repetitive motion disorders can also result from practice and from work in the arts. The Health in the Arts Program was established to diagnose, treat and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts.

Medical specialists in this program treat visual and performing artists with health concerns that may be caused by their work or affect their ability to work. These specialists also work with the arts communities to investigate and prevent hazardous work practices among art students, hobbyists and professionals.

The focus of these efforts includes:

  1. Diagnosis and treatment of arts-related disorders
  2. Education on hazards in the arts
  3. Workplace safety and hazard control
  4. Research on the causes and prevention of arts-related disorders



  1. Hear Health in the Arts Co-Director, David Hinkamp, MD, MPH present, "If Music is the Healing Force, Who Will Heal the Healers?" at the Chicago Jazz Institute's 25th Annual Jazz Fair.
  2. Musicians and Health webcast series
  3. Online health and safety in the arts library



    Symptoms caused by or affecting work in the arts Exposures to chemicals, fumes dusts and toxic materials Injuries, acute and chronic Repetitive motion disorder
    Educational programs and materials Art hazards and workplace safety information Health in the Arts conferences Websites, links and online health and safety library
    Safety and health assessments Industrial Hygiene assistance Hazard control and ventilation
    Causes and prevention of arts-related disorders Diagnoses and treatment choices Health concerns for the arts Toxicities of art materials
    The Voice CenterMuseum Health and Safety Rehabilitation for Arts Workers Respirator Examinations Medical surveillance examinations


Who Should Use these Services?

Anyone working in the arts:

  1. Music
  2. Theater
  3. Vocal arts
  4. Dance
  5. Writing
  6. Film/Video
  7. Art Unions
  8. Painting/Sculpture
  9. Photography
  10. Performance
  11. Architecture/Design
  12. Lighting/Sound work
  13. Student/Teachers
  14. Gallery/Club workers
  15. and others!


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David Hinkamp, MD,MPH is board certified in Occupational Medicine and Preventive Medicine and is on the faculty of the School of Public Health. Dr. Hinkamp established the Chicago Blues Coalition's health program and has been the Chair of the Arts-Medicine Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1991.

Katherine Duvall, MD,MPH, MS is board certified in Occupational Medicine and is on the faculty of the School of Public Health. Currently, Dr. Duvall is conducting research regarding health needs of artists. Dr. Duvall has a background in performing arts, including music and dance.


835 South Wolcott Street
Room #E-144
Chicago, Illinois


To schedule an appointment and to obtain additional information, please call 312.996.7420

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