Art Rx

Saturday, April 7 at 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Mayer Auditorium, USC Keck School of Medicine
1975 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Please join us for an educational forum in honor of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams. In late 2014, Robin Williams died after what his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, called, “a relatively swift persecution at the hand of [Lewy Body Dementia].” In William’s final days, Schneider Williams painted alongside her husband to foster creativity in the midst of affliction and pain. After his passing, Schneider Williams has continued to use art to heal and energize her advocacy work surrounding the mysterious and incurable disease that drove her husband to suicide.

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work & the USC Keck School of Medicine have partnered with Schneider Williams to more deeply understand the role that art plays in physical pain, mental health, grief, loss and suffering.  

If you work in the healthcare or creative fields, please join us for the first annual Art Rx on April 7, 2018 at the USC Health Sciences Campus.  Please email us at if you do not study or work in the previously mentioned fields but would like to attend.

The forum will:

  • Showcase a range of performances and presentations by artists who live with illness

  • Create multidisciplinary discussion panels to discuss the therapeutic role that creativity can play in medical settings

  • Inspire clinicians, faculty, and students to further integrate the arts into the conventional best practices of medical treatment

  • Conclude with an interactive cocktail hour inviting participants to experiment first-hand with art modalities that can be applied in medical settings 

  • Honor Robin Williams’ battle with illness, and illustrate the healing power of various art forms, including writing, painting, comedy, dancing, filmmaking, music etc.

Program Schedule:

3:00 pm - Introductions & Art Performances

4:30 - 5:45 pm - Artist & Medical Expert Panel

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Interactive Art Cocktail Hour

USC’s establishment as an out-of-the-box leader and a mecca of creative and scientific minds places the university in the ideal position to pioneer the developing space of arts and medicine. We invite you to join us in helping students change the future of medicine by establishing a treatment culture in which patients can tap into their inner artists and fight a true Trojan battle against illness.

Leading up to the forum, medical students will have the opportunity to participate in several workshops that align with the Art Rx mission. For more information on workshops or the forum, please contact co-founders:

Sydney Siegel for speaking, partnership and press opportunities:, 310-579-5321

Emily Frumkin for sponsorship opportunities and event details:

Georgia Weston for teaching opportunities and workshop details: 

Event Type

Conference/Symposia, Arts


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Health Sciences Campus



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