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Ermyn King

Creative Arts Program Coordinator

Ermyn King is a seasoned artist in healthcare, arts educator (drama, puppetry, storytelling, and integrated arts specialist), and arts administrator with expertise in creating universal environments inclusive of individuals with diverse disabilities. She co-founded Pennsylvania’s first audio description (AD) service for individuals who are blind and low-visioned, is an AD trainer and an audio describer at The Kennedy Center and other venues, and has worked with VSA Pennsylvania to stimulate statewide arts/cultural accessibility.

Prior to serving in her current role as Creative Arts Program Coordinator/Facilitator at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, King directed hospital and hospice programs for ArtStream, Inc. In this capacity, she acted as project leader and assumed responsibility as an artist for ArtStream’s Allies in the Arts Artists-in-Residence Project, which offers weekly arts experiences to wounded service members and their families and hospital staff on Walter Reed’s wounded service members’ ward.

King also directed Penn State University’s Arts and Health Outreach Initiative from 2001 to 2004, and worked as arts program specialist at Children’s National Medical Center from 2005 to 2007. Other healthcare settings where King has served as an artist include Suburban Hospital, The HSC Pediatric Center, Georgetown University Hospital (Studio G program in Pediatrics), The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, and The Specialty Hospital of Washington and Capitol Hill Nursing Center.

King has facilitated and integrated the arts into groups for bereaved children/youth and families through Hospice Caring, Inc. She also conceived and was artistic director for the CARESS arts program for breast cancer survivors held at Penn State, where she received the University’s 2001 Barash Award for Human Service for her work creating inclusive arts initiatives for underserved populations.

In addition to consulting for the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, King is a Distinguished Fellow of the organization. She holds a BS in Education from Penn State and an MA in Speech & Dramatic Arts from Eastern Michigan University, and has also completed graduate coursework and training in special education, counseling, psychology, grief and bereavement, arts in healthcare, play therapy, and the expressive arts therapies. She is currently pursuing registration as a drama therapist.

Note: For the 2013 grant cycle, Ermyn King is available for off-site consultations only.