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Marianne Barthel

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Arts Program
Marianne Barthel joined the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Arts Program as a Coordinator in 2013 and
became Director in 2018. In this role, Ms. Barthel co-manages the Creative Arts Program with the
Support Services Manager at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and chairs the Art Acquisitions and
Aesthetics Committees. In 2016 she received a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
in 2016 to expand the Creative Arts Program from serving only cancer patients to all patients hospital-
wide including but not limited to, psychiatry, neurology, cardiology, the ICU and Birthing Pavilion.
During this expansion, she has received grants from local and national organizations such as the NH
State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Barthel has secured over
$400,000 in philanthropic funding to establish a Creative Arts endowment as well as current use fund.
In 2017 the Creative Arts Program won the NH Governor's Award for Arts in Healthcare in recognition of
the expanded program.
Ms. Barthel also curates the art for Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s world-class permanent art collection as well
as for the quarterly art shows in eight galleries throughout the hospital campus. In addition, she
oversees a robust performing arts program at D-H, booking outside groups for special performances and
managing a cadre of talented volunteers. She currently manages the Perspectives: Looking at Art
Program for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center, a program for dementia patients and
their care partners that takes place at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. In 2019, she
partnered with the Upper Valley Music Center to start an employee chorus at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center to help address provider burnout.
She has presented at the national conference for the National Organization for Arts in Health as well as
at their research meetings and is currently the leader of the organization’s New England Regional
Network. In collaboration with the Department of Neurology, the Arts Program hosted a regional
research symposium on Arts and Humanities in Health. Ms. Barthel has taught two courses for Osher at
Dartmouth on Arts in Healthcare, and been a panelist for several regional organizations.
She is firmly committed to elevating the role of arts in health through research and programming and
enhancing the patient and employee experience through the arts at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 24

2:00pm EDT