Resiliency Moments

Bringing artists and healthcare staff together virtually through one-on-one experiences

Nurses and other healthcare workers often suffer from compassion fatigue and burnout, and even more so during the extreme circumstances of COVID-19. Responding to this crisis, socially engaged artists have found opportunities to share their creativity, deploy empathy skills, and contribute to essential workers' wellbeing. “Resiliency Moments,” a new intervention piloted during the virtual worldwide festival Reimagine: Life, Loss & Love (May 9-July 9, 2020), brings these two professional groups together to make art, heal grief, and trauma, and mend a broken health care system.


Co-led by Tara Rynders, a multidisciplinary artist, registered nurse, and A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art, The Clinic provides one-on-one, virtual, creative experiences designed to make health care workers feel seen, heard, and cared for. 

During this live discussion, Rynders, The Clinic’s ensemble of artists, and healthcare and social work staff who participated in a “Resiliency Moments” pilot program at Northwell Health share insights on their experience, how these interventions might address implicit bias and racial disparities in healthcare, and opportunities to scale up. Breakout groups will provide audience members with a direct experience of how Resiliency Moments work. 

View the sharing and testimonials here

In the Video:

Tara Rynders

Artistic Director, The Clinic

Paula McAvoy

Senior Administrative Director, Hospice and Palliative Care, University Hospice, Staten Island University



Jadd Tank(Lebanon), Lia Bonfilio(NYC), Abby Ahmad (NYC), Tara Rynders (Denver), Mary Lynn Lewark (Denver) and Clare Hammoor (Denver)

Previous Participants

 Northwell nurses/social workers who have participated in Resiliency Moments


Introduced by Andrew Ingall, Co-Director, Reimagine NYC

Moderated by Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass

Meet the Team

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Abby Ahmad

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Jadd Tank

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Lia Bonfilio

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Tara Rynders

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Clare Hammoor

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Mary Lynn Lewark

Artist portraits created by Ghassan Ouais. 

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