Art of Healing

The inspiration for the art program came from Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center’s former director, Martin Abeloff, M.D., who wanted an uplifting environment in a state-of-the-art facility, mixing scientific and medical expertise to heal the human body while comforting the human spirit.  Natural lighting, colors and open spaces were key elements in the design of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, the Cancer Center’s clinical care facility. 

Beginning in 1998, while the Weinberg building was still under construction, a committee of Johns Hopkins physicians, nurses, architects and friends created the vision for the Cancer Center’s art program. Indeed, it was the commitment of our physicians and nurses, staff members, private donors, artists and galleries, to pursue an atmosphere that is serene yet hopeful for cancer patients and their families, that led to “The Art of Healing,” and it is this spirit we hope each patient and visitor experiences.

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building Artwork

The artwork selected for the Weinberg building represents a group of multi-cultural and multi-talented individuals with a common vision: The Art of Healing.  It is in this spirit of unity that Johns Hopkins staff members, artists, galleries and private donors proudly present this collection.

The pieces are mostly from Baltimore area galleries and include watercolors, pastels, prints, etchings, silk screens, quilts, sculpture, photographs and mixed media.  In addition, the collection contains work from nationally and internationally prominent artists such as Grace Hartigan, Wolf Kahn and Hollis Sigler.

This eclectic body of work would not have been possible without the generous support of Mrs. Lorraine Shapiro Levin.  Her gift provided extraordinary support to this auspicious endeavor that is intended to promote an environment of hope and healing for our patients and their families.

Art of Healing Performing Arts Series

The Art of Healing Performing Arts Series is an ongoing program of The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and includes a variety of monthly performances by musicians, dancers, vocalists, and lectures.

This series showcases professional caliber performances including local artists and students in a unique concert setting located in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building’s central ceremonial lobby for all patients, families, visitors and staff to enjoy.

Concerts are usually held one day a month during the week when patients are at the Center for treatment. The Performing Art Series is made possible with the generous support from the Emmert Hobbs Foundation, Inc.

Art of Healing Performing Series - Jack Reilly 1

The Art of Healing Performing Art Series performer, Jack Reilly talks about his selections he plays called, the "Greenspring Suite," and the special meaning behind the songs

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Art of Healing Performing Art Series performer, Jack Reilly discusses his performance at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Art of Healing Performing Art Series performer, Jack Reilly discusses his interest in jazz piano.

About Emmert Hobbs

Mr. Friedman is the President of Emmert Hobbs Foundation, Inc., which was founded in 1995.  The foundation gives primarily to health associations, medical research, and social services.  The Emmert Hobbs Foundation supports building/renovation, program development, and scholarship funds.  Areas of interest for funding include, children/youth services, elementary/secondary education, family services, homeless, homeless human services, and human services.  Geographic focus is Maryland.

Featured Performers:

"Innocence, Music For Healing"
Featuring Jack Reilly, Composer/Pianist
with assisting artist Ashton Fletcher, Bassist

Jack Reilly's life as pianist and composer has spanned 60 years. Jack has performed in Europe, Wales, England, Canada, Alaska and all major cities in the United States.  Mr. Reilly frequently performs as soloist with Symphony Orchestra, Choirs, Chamber ensembles, Woodwind quintets, and String Orchestra, playing his own compositions.

Ashton Fletcher has performed with artists such as Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra, Yo-Yo Ma, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles. He has taught music at several area institutions and currently teaches at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he also directs the Powerhouse. He also is the founder the Fletcher Music School located in White Marsh, Maryland.

Art of Healing Series at Johns Hopkins Medicine-Chic Streetman

Blues artist and music educator, Chic Streetman, performs at the Art of Healing Series, hosted by Johns Hopkins Medicine's Kimmel Cancer Center. Listen to excerpts from the show and how being a cancer survivor informs his music. A documentary about him, "Passin' the Blues Along", is available at

Chic Streetman

Acoustic Urban Blues

Chic's music transcends cultural and attitudinal barriers, bringing home his message of equality and racial harmony through acoustic bluesy ballads, funky rhythms and jazzy upbeat originals.

For more about Chic Streetman, visit