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  • Storytelling is a powerful way to process our experiences and find meaning in them. Attend a virtual two-day Stoop Storytelling workshop and learn how to take a pandemic event, or other life occurrence, and turn it into a memorable oral story. No experience is necessary.

    Dates and Registration

    This is a virtual Stoop Storytelling workshop on Tuesday Oct 25th from 7pm-8:30pm. The program is open to all employees as part of the H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our Pandemic Experiences) initiative.

  • The Hanging of Ruben Ashford

    Join author Lauren Small for a very special AfterWards as she reads from her new novel, The Hanging of Ruben Ashford.

    Book Summary

    The Hanging of Ruben Ashford is a work of historical fiction, set in Baltimore during the influenza epidemic of 1918. At the heart of the novel is a murder mystery, and the love of two remarkable women. Josie Berenson, psychology researcher at the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, struggles to defend a young black man from west Baltimore who has been accused of murdering a white woman. Meanwhile her partner, Hopkins-trained physician Nell Winters, confronts a deadly epidemic that rapidly spreads through the city, killing thousands. 

    In The Hanging of Ruben Ashford, the search for racial justice in the time of a pandemic comes to life, eerily prefiguring our own era.  The path forward, Josie and Nell discover, is fraught with difficulty, but still offers reasons for hope.

    For a review in Hopkins Medicine Magazine click here.

    Date and Registration

    The event takes place on Wednesday, November 9th at 5:30pm in the pre-function area of the Owens auditorium between Cancer Research Building I and Cancer Research Building II. Wine and cheese reception following with book signing.

    The program is also available by Zoom.

    For a Zoom link and/or directions, please RSVP to Indicate whether you will be attending in person or on Zoom.



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Visual Arts and Photography

  • At Johns Hopkins, we know from research that the arts are essential to our health and well-being. Engaging in the arts in any form — drawing, writing, singing, dancing, baking, crafting and more — can help sustain us during these unprecedented times. Creating or beholding art can help address loneliness, boost confidence, and make us feel more engaged and resilient. It can also help alleviate anxiety, depression and stress. Results from over 3,000 studies identified a major role for the arts in promotion of health, the prevention of illness, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan.

    These resources from the International Arts + Mind Lab share the science behind why and how the arts support our collective health and well-being. You'll find simple art ideas to help you and your family discover new and joyful ways to cope and feel better:

    COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide
    PTSD and the Arts: A Path to Healing Our Healers
    Can the Arts Help Us Heal Our Grief?
  • Grab a healthy snack and a H.O.P.E. gift. Carts will be stocked with self-care items for all to enjoy. As part of the H.O.P.E. launch, the International Arts + Mind Lab donated additional art supplies. Contact your hospital’s wellness cart organizer to request a visit.

  • Winners of the H.O.P.E. Photo Contest were represented from across the health system. Winning photos documented staff, clinicians and students’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighteen winning photos were selected, including three grand prize winners. View the photo contest gallery for the winning entries.


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Music, Dance and Theater

  • Live@Lunchtime presents FREE, informal musical performances in the Johns Hopkins Hospital “main loop” area (in the vicinity of Balducci’s and Chevy Chase auditorium) at 11:45am. Bring your lunch and enjoy short, engaging performances by musicians from JH’s Peabody Institute. Feel free to come and go during the performance.

    Live@Lunchtime 2022/3 EVENTS (all performances start at 11:45am)

    Live@Lunchtime is a co-production of the Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and the Peabody Institute’s Arts in Healthcare program. For additional details or questions please contact


  • Take a break from your workday to enjoy music that is sure to soothe your soul. A talented group of musicians from Peabody Institute recorded a live concert in support of the Office of Well-Being’s H.O.P.E. initiative. You don’t want to miss it.

  • Enjoy the H.O.P.E. pandemic playlist, a collection of more than 300 encouraging and empowering songs submitted by Johns Hopkins Medicine employees. The songs are compiled by themes with a tune for every mood, across all genres. View the playlist and get insight into others’ experiences and the songs that sustained them during the pandemic.

  • Live musical performances are back in three public spaces at Johns Hopkins Hospital beginning in September. Enjoy informal, live musical performances that are sure to lift spirits and bring hope. Peabody musicians will be joined by special musical guests. Whether passing through, pausing for a moment, or settling in for the hour, time spent with music provides the opportunity for self-care and hope. Learn more and view the fall schedule

  • The Peabody Institute is pleased to bring back ‘Guest Week’ this December for its Music for a While program, serving hospital staff, patients and caregivers through musical performances in the public spaces of Johns Hopkins Hospital. To participate, complete this form by Nov. 11.

    Staff and students with a musical background from all JHM entities are invited to perform alongside Peabody students at Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore during the week of Dec. 12-16. This is a special opportunity to showcase your musical skills and support the hospital community. 

  • Take a break with a live musician! Join Peabody musicians for an informal and relaxing musical interlude in the comfort of your own space. The program will pause for the summer and resume in September.

  • Upcoming Concerts

    The Racial Justice Concert Series will be hosting its latest event featuring Baltimore’s Noah Pierre & Band, a collective of young and upcoming local musicians from all over the DMV. Their music brings a unique blend of rock, soul, and jazz.

    The concert is jointly hosted by NOAHCON, the annual conference of the National Organization of Arts in Health and cooperatively produced and funded by the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, and Johns Hopkins International Arts + Mind Lab

    COVID Guidelines: Masks are recommended for all guests but will remain optional.


    Who: Noah Pierre & Band in support of the International Rescue Committee

    When: Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:30pm

    Where: American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM)

    800 Key Highway

    Baltimore, MD 21230




    Recorded Past Concerts

    Enjoy an hour of hopeful music from Baltimore area musicians, Dan and Claudia Zanes, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and the Creative Alliance Racial Justice Concert Series. Dan and Claudia Zanes performed a creative blend of folk, rock and jazz during a livestreamed free YouTube performance.

    Listen to a recording of the concert.


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Conversational and Spiritual Reflection

  • Join your colleagues across JHM for a virtual Service of Remembrance, Gratitude and Blessings on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. JHM chaplains and spiritual leaders will offer prayers, music and opportunities for us to share our reflections and remember those lost during the pandemic. Click here to join.

    This program is open to all employees as a part of the Office of Well-Being's H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our Pandemic Experiences) initiative.

    Learn more

  • Invisible Mental Health Disabilities — The Need for Everyday Healing

    Date: October 19, 2022
    Time: 11:00 - 12:30
    In this 90-minute workshop author Marita Golden and Dr. Pamela Brewer will discuss techniques for responding to the increasing and intensifying sources of stress in our lives that are adversely impacting our mental health. The aftermath/continuation of a global pandemic, the seemingly inescapable reach of twenty-four- hour news, and social media combined with both normal daily stressors and those that are unexpected, has produced nation-wide unprecedented levels of anxiety among Americans of all races, ages, and economic levels.
    Register to attend 

    Saving Our Children

    Date: November 10, 2022
    Time: 12:30 - 2:00
    American youth are experiencing a mental health crisis. Depression, anxiety and suicide attempts among youth are at an all-time high. The legacy of COVID-19 and the impact of societal responses to the pandemic induced new mental health challenges for young people and an increasing awareness of the need to engage with young people about their emotional health. The mental health crisis for youth in the LGBTQ+ community are further compounded by many states enacting laws prohibiting provision of gender affirming care for transgender youth and discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.
    Register to attend

    My Story True: Writing into Healing Through a Storm

    Date: January 10, 2023
    Time: 1:00 - 2:30
    The start of the new year should be a time of reflection as well as moving forward with purpose and renewed hope. In this writing workshop we will explore the narrative you most need or want to write. Whether you want to a short story, a letter to bring closure to a relationship with a loved one, a memoir or a personal essay we will discuss how and why written narrative is a source of healing, enlargement and joy.
    Register to attend

  • All Johns Hopkins employees are encouraged to join the Healthy at Hopkins team on Mondays for a web-based mindfulness meditation session for the H.O.P.E. initiative. The guided session includes techniques to lower blood pressure and relieve muscle tension. Join us.
  • All were invited to participate in A Time of Remembrance and Hope, the virtual service to honor lives lost during the pandemic. See recording.

  • Some people compare a labyrinth to a maze, but they are very different. A maze is designed to cause a person to get lost, to follow false paths and to become confused. A labyrinth has one way in and one way out. The path is clearly marked. Following the path is a form of meditation. Entering the labyrinth and moving to the center is seen as letting go or releasing apprehensions and daily stress. The center is a place to pause, reflect and receive insight. Moving out is a time for action and renewal. The labyrinth is a place to open the mind, listen to the heart and heal the spirit.

    Experience the labyrinth’s healing qualities when a portable replica labyrinth tours Johns Hopkins Medicine entities this fall. View the schedule below.*

    • Suburban Hospital – Sept. 29
    • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center – Oct 4 (rain date: Oct. 11)
    • Howard County General Hospital – Oct 5 (rain date: Oct. 6)
    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital – Oct 19 & 20  (rain date: Oct. 24)
    • Sibley Memorial Hospital – Oct 26 (rain date: Oct. 29)
    • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – Oct. 26 (rain date: Oct. 27)

    *Contact your entity’s Spiritual Care Team or email for locations and times. 

  • Is there an activity that helped you find meaning during the pandemic? The Office of Well-Being’s Honoring Our Pandemic Experiences (H.O.P.E.) initiative is one way JHM supports the well-being of our workforce. Learn more through the inspiring stories of employees who found creative ways to cope and heal. Read the H.O.P.E. Employee Spotlights to learn how employees around the health system found healing. 

  • MESH support chaplains video screenshotOur work is hard. There is help available. Watch a five-minute video to learn how chaplains at Johns Hopkins Medicine support staff, patients and families in times of stress.

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