Healthcare for New York City Artists


If you are an artist living in the five boroughs of New York and your average income is less than $40,000 a year,

Woodhull Hospital's Artist Access Program allows artists from all disciplines to barter services in exchange for healthcare. Within the HHC (Health and Hospital Corporation) Options system, artists can teach lessons, provide therapeutic services for patients, perform their art, or get creative with the ways in which they provide arts services to the hospital.

For each hour of performance or artistic activity, 40 credits worth of healthcare services will be added to a personalized healthcare account. The credits may be drawn down for an equivalent value of healthcare services in dollars. These healthcare services are provided at a sliding scale based on income.

There are no monthly fees. Eligibility lasts 12 months and is renewable. It covers doctor visits, hospitalization, emergency care, medical and surgical procedures, prescription drugs, MRIs, ambulatory surgery, dental care, mental health and more.

This is NOT health insurance. This is highly affordable, quality healthcare.

We at International Culture Lab are speaking from experience. Some of us have suffered serious health issues. Artist Access, founded by Dr. Edward Fishkin, Medical Director of Brooklyn's Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center and Laura Colby, a former dancer, offered us world-class healthcare within the HHC network that we could afford.

To answer most of your questions, please click here.

To apply, please call Amy Duquette, Art Therapist and Artist Access Program Coordinator, at 718-630-3069. She will walk you through the process.

If you would like to speak to us at International Culture Lab about Artist Access, we urge you to call us at 917-202-6060.