Thomas Jefferson University

Artist-in-Residence 2020-2021

About the Program

The Jefferson Humanities & Health Artist-in-Residence program invites creative practitioners to collaborate with the Jefferson community in the development of arts and humanities-centered inquires into health and wellness. Across a year of sustained engagement, the artist will work alongside healthcare professionals, patients and their families, researchers, and students to explore how creative practices can help realize a holistic community of care and open new contexts for understanding each other and the work we pursue at Jefferson.

About the 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence


Josh Robinson is a percussionist and teaching artist. In addition to performing in various Philadelphia-based ensembles, since 2002 he has worked with children and adults as a teaching artist, facilitating programs that use percussion as a tool for teaching communication, teamwork, creativity, leadership, discipline, and cultural awareness through music and instrument making. He is affiliated with many arts organizations and partner organizations for his work with grieving children including TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), The Moyer Foundation, and NAGC (National Alliance For Grieving Children). Josh has previously worked with Jefferson, teaching SKMC Humanities courses and directing percussion for Tangles in Time.

As the Humanities & Health Artist-in-Residence, Josh has been visiting Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to play music and make art with patients and families. We invite you to listen to his newest project that brings some creativity from a distance: a series of videos that sends musical relaxation and positivity right to the palm of your hand. Enjoy!

Listen to Josh's music series here.