Resiliency Moments: Art & Healthcare During a Time of Crisis

First, Do No Harm Operation Scene: performers Cortney McGuire, Maegan Keller, Kate Speer, and Tara Rynders passing instruments as they explore the teamwork needed between nurses as they prepare for surgery. Photo by DW Burnett.

This event is co-presented with Reimagine, as part of their current festival, “Reimagine: Life, Loss, and Love.” Attendance is free and open to the public. To register, click here and use the RSVP button on the event page.

Developed in response to Covid-19, this event brings together healthcare workers and artists to develop resiliency through art, heal grief and trauma, and mend a broken healthcare system.

Nurses and other healthcare workers often suffer from compassion fatigue and burnout, and even more so during the extreme circumstances of COVID-19. Responding to this crisis, socially engaged artists have found opportunities to share their creativity, deploy empathy skills, and contribute to the wellbeing of essential workers. “Resiliency Moments,” a new intervention piloted during Reimagine: Life, Loss & Love, brings these two professional groups together to make art, heal grief and trauma, and mend a broken health care system.

Co-led by Tara Rynders, a multidisciplinary artist, registered nurse, and A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art, and artists Jadd Tank and Lia BonfilioThe Clinic provides one-on-one creative experiences designed to make health care workers feel seen, heard, and cared for. During this live discussion, Rynders, The Clinic’s ensemble of artists, and healthcare and social work staff who participated in a “Resiliency Moments” pilot program at Northwell Health share insights on their experience, how these interventions might address implicit bias and racial disparities in healthcare, and opportunities to scale up. Breakout groups will provide audience members with a direct experience of how Resiliency Moments work. This event is co-hosted by A Blade of Grass, The Clinic, and Reimagine.


Tara Rynders, Artistic Director, The Clinic

Paula McAvoy, Senior Administrative Director, Hospice and Palliative Care, University Hospice, Staten Island University Hospital/Northwell

Artists Jadd Tank (Lebanon) and Lia Bonfilio (NYC)

Introduced by Andrew Ingall, Co-Director, Reimagine NYC

Moderated by Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass


A Blade of Grass’ public programs are made available for free thanks to the generous funding of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; David Rockefeller Fund; SPArt; New York State Council on the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; and our beloved community of individual supporters.

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