Art Rx

Supporting patients with chronic pain, and pallative caregivers

You and your family or caregivers are invited to visit the Crocker Art Museum to explore the wonders of art and the creative mind. Enjoy the simple pleasures that come from discovering inspiring works of art as a trained guide leads you through facilitated group conversations about select pieces of art. No prior art knowledge is necessary.

After the tour, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the Crocker galleries on your own, or simply relax in the Museum’s courtyard.

The goal of Art Rx is to encourage positive experiences that reduce the burden of chronic pain and caregiver stress through specialized tours of the museum and facilitated discussion. The program is free and open to any individual with chronic pain and pallative caregivers. In addition, participants are encouraged to invite family members, friends, and caregivers to attend free of charge.

Tours are 11 AM – 12 PM
(please arrive 15 – 30 minutes prior for check-in):

January 12, 2019 Raymond Dabb Yelland: California Landscape Painter
March 9, 2019 The Roaming Eye: International Street Photography from the Ramer Collection
May 11, 2019

Richard Jackson

July 13, 2019 Chiura Obata:
An American Modern

Academic Articles:

The Art of Analgesia: A Pilot Study of Art Museum Tours to Decrease Pain and Social Disconnection Among Individuals with Chronic Pain Published in Pain Medicine

Curating Care: The Design and Feasibility of a Partnership Between an Art Museum and an Academic Pain Center Published in Curator: The Museum Journal


The Art of Pain Relief: How museums may help address chronic pain

Art and Pain: Researchers from UC Davis are collaborating with the Crocker Art Museum to relieve chronic pain.

Art Tours Tied to Easing of Chronic Pain; Reuters

Headling Gallery: Can Fine Art Help MitigatePhysical Pain? A Free Crocker Program Aims to Find Our; Sacramento News & Review

Ian Koebner, PhD, MSc, MAOM, L.Ac
Telephone:  916-734-6792
Director, Integrative Pain Management
Assistant Professor 
UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Free for everyone. Advanced registration is required. Register online at, or by emailing Call (916) 808-1962 with any questions.