In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, we welcome you to the

Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab (CORAL)

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Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program
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In the United States, over 1 million critical care healthcare professionals treat of our most seriously ill patients. As a result of their stressful work environment, these healthcare professionals often experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and burnout syndrome. More than ever, providers are looking for tools to help them draw on their resilience and cope with work's stressors.

Creative arts programs use a variety of media to engage with peer groups, enhance the connection to work, and cultivate positive coping skills. Our creative arts program combines visual, musical, writing, and physical expression therapies and techniques to help providers identify, explore, and transform psychological difficulties.

Inspiring collaboration

We are a multi-disciplinary group of researchers, doctors, artists, and therapists seeking to harness the power of creative arts to promote the psychological health of healthcare professionals.

Together, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children's Hospital Colorado, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the National Endowment for the Arts are building capacity, engaging with the community, and conducting research that explores the psychological benefits of creative arts.

Listen to Our Team on an International Featured Podcast! 

Episode #17: Dr. Marc Moss & Katherine Reed. The Art of Resilience.

Summary: In this episode, we talk about the Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab at the University of Colorado Medical Campus. What does it mean to build resiliency among medical care teams? Why art is the way to do so? How medical teams actually building their resilience through the program? How is the program teaching resiliency? All these questions and more in our new episode:


IG - Marc & Katherine


Now recruiting for our clinical trial!

Research opportunity for Denver-area non-healthcare professionals who work in a hospital. 

Complete our screening survey to see if you are eligible to participate.


When: Winter, dates TBD

            (12 consecutive sessions one day per week)

Where: CU Anschutz Medical Campus


Participants are encourage to make as many sessions as possible, but there will be a process in place for catching up should a session be missed

For more details about this study, contact: Kristen Torres, Project Manager

Recent highlights

The National Academies Press recently released a report titled Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being (2019). Read the report here.

CORAL was also featured in two articles highlighting the use of the arts to reduce symptoms of burnout of healthcare professionals. Check out the PBS News Hour and features!

National endowment for the arts research labs logoThe opinions expressed in materials on this website are those of the author(s) and do not represent the views of the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis or the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Endowment does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information included in this material and is not responsible for any consequences of its use. This NEA Research Lab is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (Award#: 1855492-38-C-19).