and Partners

The Creative Center at University Settlement


The Creative Center at University Settlement (TCC) brings the arts to patients and survivors of cancer and other chronic illnesses, older adults across the aging spectrum, and healthcare staff and administrators. As a whole, the Creative Center’s programming is designed to develop participants’ capacity for expression, build community, and support arts-in-healthcare and creative aging programs throughout the country.


Purpose: To provide general operating and program support.

The Creative Center’s programs include hospital artists in residence, community artmaking workshops in multiple disciplines, and professional training to bring the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life.

  • The Hospital Artists-in-Residence Program provides high-quality arts experiences and instruction to patients, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals in hospital settings. TCC currently partners with eleven hospitals, including Mount Sinai, New York Presbyterian, NYU Langone, BronxCare, NYC Health + Hospitals: Bellevue, and Woodhull. In addition to the workshops for patients, TCC offers workshops to hospital staff, contributing to a richer employee experience.
  • Art Workshops offered in the Creative Center’s studio on Manhattan’s  Lower East Side as well as community sites and hospitals around New York City are designed to serve participants who are currently being treated for cancer as well as those who have completed treatment. Workshops and tutorials are currently being offered in virtual formats due to COVID-19.
  • The Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Arts-In-Healthcare and Creative Aging is an annual, week-long intensive for artists, arts administrators, and healthcare staff.


In 2019, Creative Center’s cohort of 14 Hospital Artists-in-Residence provided high-quality arts experiences and instruction to patients, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals across 7 hospitals in thirty different settings, impacting the lives of approximately 30,000 people. TCC increased the number of Arts Workshops and other arts experiences including museum tours and workshops, facilitating more than 90 arts workshops in visual, performing and literary arts. More than 40 trainees from around the country attended the week-long Training Institute. Participants learned best practices needed to create and sustain high-quality arts programming in healthcare settings, senior and community centers, and long-term residential settings for frail adults living with dementia disorders and other chronic illnesses.