Arts & Health staff members are all working artists who are passionate about providing quality arts programming to enhance the healthcare experience.


Sharon Swanson


Sharon Swanson, Arts & Health / Volunteer Services Manager, MFA, MPA

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Sharon is an award winning essayist and features writer. Her work has been published in Raleigh’s Metro Magazine, Chapel Hill Magazine, Raleigh’s News & Observer and the Chapel Hill News, among others. A former freelance writer, documentary film producer and marketing director for Sutter Health (Sacramento, California), Sharon came to Arts & Health as the Literary Arts Coordinator in 2011, assuming the position of Program Coordinator in 2012. She holds a graduate degree in nonfiction writing from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College, a masters of public administration from East Carolina University and an undergraduate degree in social work from Winthrop College (Winthrop University). Sharon’s most recent artistic project, the documentary film Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story, premiered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2013 and screened at LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles in October 2013.

Jennifer Collins-Mancour, Visual Arts Program Coordinator

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Jennifer has worked with Arts & Health at Duke since 2012 as a contract arts administrator, and as of November 2016, accepted the position of Visual Arts Program Coordinator.  Jennifer studied fine arts and illustration at the Columbus College of Art & Design and has worked as a designer and arts administrator for over 15 years.  She held positions as Executive Director for both the Durham Art Guild and Liberty Arts Foundry.  Prior to those positions she worked as Artist Services Associate and Exhibit Manager at the Durham Arts Council.

Jennifer is a two and three dimensional designer and specializes in custom costumes, clothing and accessories.


Katja Hill, Literary Arts Coordinator, BFA

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Katja is an actor, playwright, director, voiceover artist and teacher whose credits include work in North Carolina and New York. She has adapted a variety of literature for the stage in settings ranging from celebrated theaters to retirement homes and finds great joy in putting the arts to work for new audiences, especially in health care. Her inclusive and inviting journaling workshops are designed to encourage and cultivate the creative spark in us all. Katja received her degree at UNC School of the Arts and is the winner of a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant for her writing.  

William Dawson, Musician In Residence & Semans/Byrd Performing Arts Coordinator, B.Ed

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William Dawson is a professional multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, and educator.  He has worked on over 150 records, including the 2-time Grammy nominated Elvis Costello album “The Delivery Man”.  Dawson spent two years touring internationally with the platinum-selling Squirrel Nut Zippers, performing on saxophone, guitar, accordion, and piano.  A graduate of NCCU (Summa Cum Laude) and a licensed North Carolina teacher, William spent 5 years working as an elementary school music teacher and middle school band director.  He is currently a music teacher at the Duke Children’s Hospital through the Arts For Life program.  Along with regular visits to the Ronald McDonald House in Durham and the SECU House in Chapel Hill, he has been performing music for patients, families, and staff at UNC and Duke Hospitals since 2009.